How to Use Facebook Mobile Text - dummies

How to Use Facebook Mobile Text

By Carolyn Abram

After your phone is confirmed, Mobile Texts are the most basic way to use Facebook on your phone. You don’t need a camera on your phone or a smartphone to use Mobile Texts. Using just a simple Short Message Service (SMS) or text message, you can update your status to let people know where you are and what you’re up to.

Here are the various actions you can take on Facebook via SMS:

  • Update your status: Type any sort of phrase into a text message. Your status will appear on your Timeline and in your friends’ News Feeds with a little mobile icon next to it so people know you’re on the go.

  • Add a new Facebook friend. Send the word add followed by the person’s name or the word add followed by the person’s phone number. Using your phone to immediately friend a person you meet is less formal than exchanging business cards, less awkward (and more reliable) than exchanging phone numbers, and gives you more flexibility later for how you want to get in touch.

    Friending someone from your phone has all the same implications as friending someone from your computer, so friend wisely.

  • Subscribe to a friend’s status updates. Send the word subscribe, followed by your friend’s name. If you have a few friends whom you like to hear absolutely everything from, this is a great way to keep up on the go.

    If you subscribe to a lot of friends’ statuses, make sure you have unlimited texting; otherwise, charges could pile up quickly.

  • Unsubscribe from a friend’s updates. Send the word unsubscribe followed by the friend’s name.

    If you realize you want fewer people’s statuses sent to your phone, just unsubscribe from the ones you don’t want to see regularly.

  • Stop getting texts. Text the word stop.

  • Restart getting texts. Text the word on.

An old wives’ tale claims that when you feel your ears burn, someone is thinking about you. Here’s a slight modification: Someone, somewhere, is thinking about you when your phone starts vibrating. Turning on Facebook Mobile Texts means that you can be notified via SMS when someone requests to be your friend, sends you a Facebook message, comments on your photos, writes on your Timeline, or pokes you.

If you haven’t already, you can activate Facebook Mobile Texts from the Mobile tab of the Settings page. To start, click the green Activate Text Messaging button. The next few steps should look familiar; they’re the same as the ones you took to add your phone number. You probably notice a few new settings that weren’t there before. Click the Edit link next to each setting to change it.


  • Text Messaging: Decide which phone number you want your texts to be sent to. You need to change this setting only if you have more than one mobile phone number listed for your account.

  • Facebook Messages: Click Edit to open a drop-down menu where you can specify which actions warrant a text. You can choose to receive a text whenever someone sends you a Facebook message from either his computer or his mobile phone, whenever someone sends you a Facebook message just from his mobile phone, or never.

  • Daily Text Limit: The Daily Text Limit allows you to modify the number of text messages you receive per day.

    If you have a mobile plan for which you’re charged per text message (and you’re exceedingly popular), use the settings that limit the number of messages Facebook sends you per day. Otherwise, you may have to shell out some big bucks in text message fees.

    Remember to click Save Changes after updating this setting.

  • Post-By-Email Address: Your Post-By-Email address enables you to upload photos and videos to Facebook from your phone.