How to Use Facebook on Your Samsung Galaxy Tablet - dummies

How to Use Facebook on Your Samsung Galaxy Tablet

By Dan Gookin

You access Facebook on your Samsung Galaxy tablet by running the Facebook app. If you can’t find the Facebook app, you need to install it.

The first time you behold the Facebook app, you’ll probably be asked to sign in. Do so: Type the e-mail address you used to sign up for Facebook and then type your Facebook password. Touch the Log In button.

If you’re asked to sync your contacts, do so. It is recommended you choose the Sync All option, which brings in all your Facebook friends to the tablet’s Contacts list. Touch the Sync button in the upper-right corner of the screen to begin using Facebook.

Eventually, you see the Facebook News Feed.


When you need a respite from Facebook, press the Home key to return to the Home screen.

The Facebook app continues to run until you either sign out or turn off the tablet. To sign out of Facebook, touch the Menu button and choose the Log Out command. Then touch the Confirm button.

  • Display the sidebar by touching the Facebook app button. To hide the sidebar, touch that button again.

  • Refer to Chapter 19 for information on placing a Facebook app or widget on the Home screen.

  • Use the Comment, Like, or Share buttons below a News Feed item to comment, like, or share something, respectively. You can see the comments only when you choose the Comment item.

  • The News Feed is updated when you swipe down on the screen.

  • Notifications for Facebook appear in the notifications area of the screen.


How to set your Facebook status from your Samsung Galaxy tablet

The primary thing you live for on Facebook, besides having more friends than anyone else, is to update your status. It’s the best way to share your thoughts with the universe, far cheaper than skywriting and far less offensive than a robocall.

To set your status, follow these steps in the Facebook app:

  1. Touch the Status button at the top of the screen.

    You see the Write Post screen, where you can type your musing2.


  2. Type something pithy, newsworthy, or typical of the stuff you read in Facebook.

    When you can’t think of anything to post, take off your shoes, sit down, and take a picture of your feet against something else in the background. That seems to be really popular.

  3. Touch the Post button.

You can also set your status by using the Facebook widget on the home page, if it’s been installed. Touch the What’s on Your Mind text box, type your important news tidbit, and then touch the Share button.

How to upload a picture to Facebook from your Samsung Galaxy tablet

One of the many things your Galaxy tablet can do is take pictures. Combine that feature with the Facebook app, and you have an all-in-one gizmo designed for sharing the various intimate and private moments of your life with the ogling throngs of the Internet.

The picture-posting process starts by touching a Photo icon in the Facebook app. After touching the Photo icon, you see the photo selection screen.


You have two choices:

  • First, you can select an image from pictures shown on the screen. Those are images found on the tablet. Touch an image, or touch several images to select a bunch.

  • Second, you can take a picture by using the tablet’s camera.

If you elect to use the tablet’s camera to take a picture, touch the Camera icon on the photo selection screen. (It’s in the lower-left corner.) You then find yourself thrust into Facebook’s camera app.


Use the onscreen controls to take your picture. Or you can shoot a quick video. When you’re done, touch the Gallery button.

To proceed with uploading your image, follow these steps:

  1. Touch an image in the gallery to select it.

  2. (Optional) To add a tag, tap the image and type the person’s name.

    You can touch someone’s face in the picture and then type her name. Choose from a list of your Facebook friends to apply a name tag to the image.

  3. Use the rotate button to reorient the image, if necessary.


  4. Touch the Compose button.


  5. Add a message to the image.

    At this point, posting the image works just like adding a status update.

  6. Touch the Post button.

    The image is posted as soon as it’s transferred over the Internet and digested by Facebook.

The image can be found as part of your status update or News Feed, and it’s also saved to Facebook’s Mobile Uploads album.

Facebook also appears on the various Share menus you find in other apps on the tablet. Choose that command to send to Facebook whatever it is you’re looking at.

How to configure the Facebook app on your Samsung Galaxy tablet

The commands that control Facebook are stored on the Settings screen, which you access by touching the Menu button while viewing the main Facebook screen and choosing the Settings command.


Choose Refresh Interval to specify how frequently the app checks for new Facebook activities. You might find the one-hour value to be too long for your frantic Facebook social life, so choose something quicker. Or, to disable Facebook notifications, choose Never.

The Notification Ringtone item sets the sound that plays when Facebook has a new update. Choose the Silent option when you don’t want the app to make noise upon encountering a Facebook update.

Touch the Back button to close the Settings screen and return to the main Facebook.