6 Secret Facebook Features Only Expert Users Know
Whether you use Facebook every day or simply check-in for family birthdays and other reminders, the sheer number of people who have Facebook accounts is huge. If you are a regular user, you may think you are somewhat of an expert – you know all the ins and outs of the world’s biggest social networking platform.
6 Secret Facebook Features
But there are so many hidden features on Facebook that the majority of users simply have no idea even exist.
1. The Hidden Inbox
We all have unread messages sitting in our inboxes on social network messaging sites like Facebook, but did you know you have a second inbox? Under the ‘Message Requests’ tab, you can see all the messages you have received from people you aren’t Facebook friends with.
You can also view these messages in Messenger by clicking the ‘View All in Messenger’ link at the bottom of the messages pop-up window or the app.
2. See Everyone You Sent Friend Requests
Every friend request you have ever sent through Facebook is stored – regardless of whether it is accepted, rejected, or simply ignored.
It’s easy to find: open the ‘Friend Requests’ icon at the top of the page, where you will see a list of ‘People You May Know’ as suggested friends; click the link labelled ‘See All’, which will take you to a page where you can see your ‘New Friend Requests’, under which will be a link for ‘View Sent Requests’.
3. See if Someone Else is Using Your Account
If you’ve ever suspected that someone other than you has access to your Facebook account, there is a simple way to find out.
Open the ‘Settings’ page on Facebook and look under the ‘Security and Login’ tab. This page will have a list entitled ‘Where You’re Logged In’ which tells you every device on which your account is active and logged in.
if any one of these doesn’t seem right to you, you can log out of an individual location by clicking on the… menu and selecting ‘Log Out’ – alternatively, you can log out of all listed devices at one by clicking the ‘Log Out Of All Sessions’ link at the bottom of the page.
This can be a very helpful feature if you used Facebook on a public computer and forgot to log out.
4. Select Which Friends to Restrict from Seeing Posts
For whatever reason, you may not always want every one of your Facebook friends seeing everything you post.
You can easily choose between a public post and a private post (i.e. anyone can see it vs only your friends can see it) but many people don’t know that you can be even more selective in choosing who you want to be able to see your posts.
Head to the page of the friend you want to restrict from seeing your posts and open the ‘Friends’ drop-down menu at the top of their profile page. Select the option ‘Add to Another List’, then click on ‘Restricted’. This means that this individual will only see your posts when they are made public.
5. Access Your Data
Most Facebook users know that Facebook collects and stores their data – but did you know that you can download all of this? Open ‘Settings’ and go to ‘General’, where you will see a link at the bottom of the page to ‘Download a Copy of Your Facebook Data’. This includes posts, images, chats, and settings.
6. Send Money Through Facebook
There are plenty of independent money management and transfer services available now through apps and online platforms, but most people don’t know you can already send money through Facebook.
You can set this up by opening your Facebook ‘Settings’ and looking under the ‘Payments’ tab, where you can enter your card information. This feature is easiest to use on the Messenger app, but you can also access it through your regular Facebook account.
To use it, open a message chat pop-up with a friend you want to send money to and select the dollar sign ‘$’ icon at the bottom of the window.
These are just some of the extra hidden features you can access through your Facebook account that the average user simply has no idea about. With these simple secret features, you can master Facebook in no time and enhance your experience with the platform.