Facebook Settings You Should Change Now – Facebook comes with a lot features and they are constantly adding more to improve user experience and all that. But truth is while some are fun, some could be annoying at time. Some tend to encroach into your privacy. This is why Facebook has taken time to enable options that lets you manage activities on Facebook.
Facebook settings let you manage and take better control of Facebook as use the platform. Use these important Facebook privacy settings to set things the way that best suit you.
Below are some Facebook settings you may not know, and we have also shown you how you can change them for your own better Facebook experience.
Five Basic Facebook Settings You May Need To Change
1. AutoPlaying Videos
I know you must have noticed series of Videos that automatically play on their own while you scroll through your Facebook timeline (without you clicking them to watch)
And I guess it is becoming more “enjoyable” to you….right? Well Facebook automatically plays those videos to catch your attention, although I think one should actually click on videos one wants to watch themself.
Anyway, you can decide to turn this feature off by following these steps;
First of all, click on the small arrow at the far top right corner of your Facebook home page to see list of drop-down options; Then click on “Settings”
From the list of options, click on “Videos” at the down left column.Right from there, click on the drop-down button next to “Auto-Play Videos” and set it to “Off”.
At this point, you can enjoy scrolling through your Facebook feed without those videos automatically play themselves.
2. Clear Searches
There is no doubt you having been searching through things on your Facebook account, from searching to find friends on Facebook, to searching list of friends through searches for other list of items. And of course, you are not surprised Facebook saves all these searches.
Lucky enough, Facebook allows you the option of clearing your search history and you can do this by following this step;
Click on the down arrow at the far top right of your home page. Form the drop-down menu, click on “Activity Log”, just before the “Settings” option
At the left side, click on “More” just after “Photos” option. This will reveal more options for you (which were not visible before you clicked “More”) From the options, you would “Search” options towards the bottom of the list of options.
Click on “Search” to see all your search history. Then you can click on “Clear Searches” at the top of the page, to permanently clear all your history of searches.
You can look up by the right side for the years, to quickly go to the year of the search you are looking for. Scroll down to see more searches you have made. You may also want to look through your Activity log in general to see other things you may not want stay on Facebook.
3. Privacy Settings
Sometime you post things you do not want some people to ever see. Use the privacy settings to set who can see what you post on Facebook.
Simply go to “Settings” by clicking the down arrow at the far top-right corner, and then select “Settings”.
Look at the left side to see list of options, and then click on “Privacy” to see another list of options.
Click the “Edit” button to see drop-down menu list from where you can select the options that suits what you want.
Below are what each setting means;
- Who can see your future posts? Facebook has long since defaulted to “Friends” for this, but if you have an older account it might still be set to “Everyone.” If that’s the case, change it. You can even go a step further and select “Close Friends” if you only want to specific people to see your posts unless you say otherwise.
- Limit the audience of your past posts: You will probably want to do this if you haven’t already. If you started a Facebook account before 2010, then the content you posted will be available for all to see. This option is a quick way to restrict your posts to just your friends. Just note that if you want something available to everyone, you’ll need to go back and change that post individually.
- Who can send you friend requests? This all depends on how you want to be found. If you pick “Friends of Friends” then only people in your social circle will be able to add you on Facebook. “Everyone” is OK if you want old friends and classmates to be able to friend you. However, people might try to scam you if you let anyone send you a friend request, so watch out.
- Who can look up the email address/phone number you provided? By default, anyone can find you by searching your email address or phone number on Facebook. You can make it so only friends have this option.
- Do you want search engines to link to your timeline? If your content is publicly visible, then search sites like Google can return your posts in search results. You probably don’t want this enabled unless you’re a public personality.
4. Unwanted Notifications
If you do not want to hear notifications about certain things which Facebook has added, or which happens on Facebook, then read through.
Go to “Settings” by first clicking on the down arrow at the top to see “settings”, click on setting and from there click on “Notifications” tab which is among the list of options at the left side.
By clicking “notifications”, you will see list of notifications you could be getting. And now decide how and what you get notified of. You can also turn sounds off for some events while you can turn it on for some other events, depending on what you want.
You may turn off notifications for “tags” and also for group activity. Whereas you may want to be notified of friends birthdays in order to wish them well on their birthday, so you may turn notification on for birthday.
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