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7 Hidden Facebook Features You Probably Didn’t Know About in 2020

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Written by John Marmolejo

Facebook is extremely simple to use: you post, comment, like, chat, and add friends. But, is that really all there is to it? No! Facebook has many interesting features that are often overlooked. There’s nothing complicated in using them or finding them, it’s just that you’ve probably never looked. So, what are the hidden features Facebook has?

In this article, we’ll tell you all about them to help you complete your Facebook experience! There’s no reason for you to miss out on everything Facebook offers.

So, without further ado, let’s get to it!

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Who’s snooping?

Did you know that you can check if someone else is logged onto your Facebook account? Yes, and it’s quite simple to do. Go to the settings and click on Security and Login. There you’ll be able to see all the devices that your account is currently logged in, including their locations. You can use the “Log Out of All Sessions” button to promptly remove any unwanted snoopers.

So, yes, there’s no need to have your overly jealous ex spying on your Facebook, and you won’t have to worry about accidentally leaving your account logged in on a public computer. It’s a great way to protect your private data and keep it away from unwanted logins!

Till death do us part

Yeah, it sounds a bit weird, creepy even, but Facebook lets you add a trusted Legacy Contact to your account for when you’re dead. This person will manage your Facebook account after you pass away! Of course, you can also ask for your profile to be deleted after you’re gone if you want to.

So, how does it work? Go to Settings, then General, then Manage Account, and finally, click on the Edit button. There you’ll see an option to add your Legacy Contact. Facebook will then annually ask you to confirm it, but you can also choose to turn that option off.

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Choose the ads you want to see

Have you suddenly started seeing ads for things you’re not interested in, like at all? Chances are, you’ve clicked or followed some links on accident or you were simply curious about what a celebrity you dislike had to say, and now Facebook thinks you want to see these things on your feed 24/7. Well, luckily, there’s a way for you to clean up your feed quickly and control what ads you want to see.

You just need to click on Settings, then Ads, and then Your Interests. You can remove any “interest” by simply clicking on the X button. It’s a great tool for optimizing and refreshing your Facebook feed and creating a much more enjoyable experience for yourself.

Download your Facebook data

Sometimes you’ll have the need to make a back-up of your Facebook data. In today’s times, our Facebook profiles are a way for us to store memories, conversations, and thoughts. This is why having it stored somewhere safe is of the utmost importance. So does Facebook let you do this? Yes, they do!

Go to your Settings page and click on Your Facebook Information and you’ll see a Download button there. You can download your data as either JSON or HTML file, depending on your needs. Still, this process is a lengthy one, so if you don’t have access to a particularly strong WI-FI connection, you might want to consider some alternatives. Online Facebook downloaders like Ingramer are your best friends! You’ll be able to download everything you need from your Facebook account quickly, conveniently, and easily!

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 Auto-play is gone forever!

Don’t you hate it when you’re browsing your feed and then suddenly a loud video starts playing without you even pressing play? You can disable this feature completely, and it’s something quite simple to do. Just hop onto your Settings page, click on Videos, and press off on the Auto-Play Videos button! This will disable it on all of your devices, so you don’t need to worry about videos auto-playing on your phone or tablet either. Other than that, in the Videos part of your Facebook settings, you can set the quality and edit the captions to optimize your viewing experience. It’s a great thing to know, especially if you consume a lot of Video formatted media on your Facebook account.

Create a fundraiser!

Not many people are aware of this amazing feature that Facebook offers. If you’re trying to help someone or you yourself require financial aid, it’s a good way to let all of your friends know about it. You just need to log into your Desktop version of Facebook, click on the fundraiser icon, and take it from there. It’s extremely easy to set up, but there’s a couple of things you should know first. Facebook will charge you a specific fee; so many people prefer using other, cheaper fundraiser applications and then just sharing the links on Facebook. Still, the fundraiser feature is extremely secure, so you won’t have to deal with any payment issues or worry about not getting the money you raised! Other than that, your fundraiser will need to be approved by Facebook, so you might need to wait for some time until it’s finally public.

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Save your posts for later

It happened to all of us, you’re just starting to enjoy an engaging Facebook post, then you accidentally refresh your feed, and it’s all gone. You try to search for it again but to no avail: you just have too many posts on your feed. So how do you prevent this?

With Facebook’s Save feature, of course! You just need to click on those three dots above a post and you’ll see the Save link/post/video button. You can access this inside of your Saved folder.

It’s a great feature to have, especially when you’re constantly interrupted in your browsing experience. So, save those posts, and enjoy them wherever you are and whenever you want!

The takeaway

Facebook has a plethora of interesting features that many of us simply do not notice. In this article, we’ve gone through some of the most useful, “hidden” features Facebook has, so now, when you’ve learned of them, you can have even more fun on your favorite social network!

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