How To Use Picture In Picture Mode For Videos On Facebook

Facebook is the second most popular place where people watch videos. The number one spot is held by YouTube. This is a fact Facebook is well aware of and it constantly pushes video content to users. Videos on Facebook autoplay, and as of last year you can also cast a video to a Chromecast and other TV sticks. Facebook is now slowly rolling out a new feature whereby videos will auto-play with sound. There's also a neat picture in picture mode for videos on Facebook that lets you 'minimize' a video to a small corner of your screen and continue scrolling your feed. The video will continue to play, with sound. YouTube has this exact same thing. Here's how you can enter picture in picture mode for videos on Facebook. Read More

How To Turn Off Auto-Sound For Videos On Facebook

A while back, Facebook made it so that videos in your news feed would play automatically. It was awful. Thankfully, Facebook gave users a way to turn off auto-play for videos. It was a terrible idea to have videos play automatically and now Facebook is going to one-up that idea. A new feature is rolling out to users that will auto-play videos with sound. Before this feature was added, users had to tap a video to get sound. Now, videos will play automatically with sound. It will be awful. Thankfully, users have the option to turn off auto-sound for videos on Facebook. Here's how. Read More

Set Out Of Office Reply For Messages Sent To Your Facebook Page

Facebook introduced bots last year and a lot of pages quickly created them to always appear online. If you feel a bot doesn't do the trick for your particular type of page then you should try using automated responses instead. Facebook pages have a built-in feature for setting automatic replies. You can set one for when someone first messages your page, or for when you are away. Here's how to set up an automatic response to messages sent to your Facebook page. Read More

See What Objects Facebook Has Identified In Your Photos

Facebook has built-in face recognition that works on the photos you upload and share. When you upload a photo, the face recognition suggests which friends you should tag in it. Facebook doesn't just recognize the people in photos; it also recognizes objects in your photos. The photos we upload to Facebook aren't all selfies; food and cats are also popular subjects in our photos. Facebook can and does recognize these things and duly adds tags to it that we can't see. If you want to check out what objects Facebook has identified in photos, you need the Show Facebook Computer Vision Tags extension for Chrome. Read More

How To Enable Notifications For A Facebook Post Without Leaving A Comment

When you leave a comment on a Facebook post, you start receiving notifications for all new comments on the post. If the post in question is a major life event announcement, the new comments and their notifications quickly become annoying. The good news is that you can turn them off. For posts that you do want to follow and get updates for, you normally have to leave a comment on them. There is however a better way to enable notifications for a Facebook post without leaving a comment. Here's how. Read More

How To Enable Or Disable Profile Picture Login For The Facebook App

When was the last time you actually signed into Facebook? The social network is such an essential part of our lives that we habitually leave our accounts signed in on trusted computers. For those who try to take a break, Facebook does everything it can to make it easier to come back. The Facebook mobile apps have a Profile Picture login feature that lets you log in to the Facebook app by just tapping on your profile picture. This feature is meant to be used when you log out of the app or uninstall it, and need to log in again. It isn't automatically enabled and you have to give Facebook explicit permission to enable it. If you have enabled it and are having second thoughts, disabling it is easy enough. Here's how. Read More

How To Replace The Facebook Messenger Emoji With The System Emoji

Facebook Messenger has its own rendition of emojis. When you use either the iOS or the Android app, Facebook Messenger replaces the standard system emoji with its own rendition. You get the exact same set of emoji that you would get but when you send them, they look different. If you don't like Facebook Messenger's own rendition of the emoji, you can turn them Off from the app's settings. Here's how. Read More

How To Cast A Video From Facebook To Chromecast

YouTube is where some of the best videos live but Facebook is where lower quality bootlegged versions of them are uploaded. Jokes and copyright infringement aside, Facebook has a lot of video content. It might pale in comparison to YouTube but that still doesn't mean you can rule it out as a place to watch videos. Lots of pages run solely by sharing videos and some pages like Mental Floss are actually fun to watch. If you've got a Chromecast hooked up at home, you can even cast a Facebook video to your Chromecast. Here's how. Read More

How To Stop Whatsapp Sharing Data With Facebook

Facebook bought Whatsapp a few years ago. Facebook is known for changing, often revamping itself and anything and everything in its portfolio. Just take a look at the changes Instagram has gone through if you need an example. Uncharacteristically, Facebook left Whatsapps alone for the most part. Some new features were introduced but none that tied the app in as a Facebook-owned product. The change, inevitable as it was, has finally come. Whatsapp will now start sharing your data with Facebook to serve better ads. Before you hurry to uninstall the app though, you should know there's a very simple way to disable this. The news that Whatsapp will be sharing data has been publicized so much, the fact you can opt out of it has more or less been lost. Here's how to opt out. Read More

How To Identify And Highlight An Ad In Your Facebook News Feed

Facebook earns revenue from ads and users, people in general, don't like ads. Users push back with ad-blockers which cut into Facebook's revenues. Facebook has now started pushing back against ad-blockers making it so they don't work anymore. Facebook is also working on making ads indistinguishable from regular posts. What this will ultimately result in is content appearing in your News Feed that you think was shared by a friend or a page you follow, when it is in fact an ad. This is more or less Season 19 of South Park with the 'hidden ads' in action. Facebook Ad Highlighter is a Chrome extension that highlights these clever ads in your News Feed and helps you tell the difference between a real post and something that is being pushed on to you because you fit a certain demographic. Read More

How To Create And Share Memes From Inside Facebook Messenger

Memes, GIFs, and emoticons are widely used in chat conversations. Where most chat apps have emoticons and GIFs covered, memes are a different story. Facebook Messenger lets you search for GIFs and has an entire library of stickers for your conversation. If you're looking for a way to quickly create a meme inside Facebook Messenger, MemeGenerator Bot is Facebook Messenger Bot that will do just that. The bot not only finds the meme you need but also lets you add custom text to it. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Hide Your Facebook Updates From Your Timeline Before Posting Them

When you post an update on Facebook, it appears in your friends' News Feed as well as on your timeline. Anyone who follows you will see the update and anyone who visits your profile will see it as well, provided your privacy settings allow them to. If you're wondering what the difference between the News Feed and the Timeline is, the News Feed is everything you post. It's news about you that is delivered to your followers. The Timeline is a chronological set of important events in your life. This doesn't include all your posts but will normally include the ones your friends engage with the most and any major life events you add. Facebook has now rolled out a feature that lets you exempt an update from appearing in your Timeline before you post it. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Turn Off Live Video Notifications On Facebook

Facebook live videos turned the social network into a platform for live streaming. It's a limited feature but people, brands, and companies all seem to be willing to give it a try. Anyone can stream a live video; Facebook pages and profiles alike. Every time a Page or a friend you follow on Facebook begins to stream live, you receive a notification so you can watch it. Facebook also gives you notifications for live streams it thinks you'll be interested in. The thing is that live videos aren't a refined feature and there's only so much you can get out of it that many people tire of watching them and that's when the notifications start to get annoying. The good news is, Facebook has a setting to turn these notifications Off. Here's where it is. Read More

How To Upload A 360° Photo To Facebook

Facebook has long supported 360° videos and it's no secret that the company is vested in virtual reality. With 360° videos, you couldn't get in on the action much unless you had the right device to record one. Most users were left to watch them while not being able to record their own. Facebook has just rolled out 360° photos which lets you get in on some of the action. The feature takes photos captured as panoramas and uploads them in a 360° view-able format. Your friends can pan around the image like they can with videos and look around. Previously, Facebook treated panoramic photos like it did all others. Here's how to upload one. Read More

Get Food & Restaurant Recommendations Inside Facebook Messenger

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day but deciding what to have for lunch can take over thirty minutes. If you're eating with a group of people this can take longer. If you're often unable to decide what or where to eat whether by yourself or with friends, you might want to give Where a try. It's a Facebook Messenger bot that helps you decide what to eat and where to have with by giving you suggestions all inside Facebook Messenger. Read More

How To Track Your Flight With A Facebook Messenger Bot

Facebook Messenger bots may sound like a temporary fad and for some they might be little more than a different way to get news but these bots refuse to be pigeon holed into a single function. A Facebook Messenger bot can do just about anything you tell it to do. A while back we reviewed an excellent bot called Jarvis that you could use to set reminders that showed you just how versatile they can be. App in the air is a Facebook Messenger bot that can track a flight, give travelling tips such as the availability of WiFi at a particular airport, and tell you if you some of your carry on items will be confiscated by the TSA. Read More

Message Multiple People On Facebook Without Adding Them To A Group [Chrome]

Facebook has long supported group messaging. If a group is created with the right people in it and for a specific purpose it's a fantastic way to communicate with multiple people at one. If it's created by someone who just needs to get a message out to multiple people as fast as possible it's little more than an annoying notification for everyone involved. Thankfully you can leave a conversation but if you're the one sending the message and would like to avoid going the group message route while still using Facebook Messenger, MessengerMerge is a Chrome extension that can help you do just that. It lets you send a message to 16 people at once without needing to add them to a group. Read More

How To Create A Facebook Messenger Bot Without Coding [Guide]

Facebook's Messenger chat bots are a new way for Facebook pages and apps to interact with users. They were introduced only a month ago and many chat bots have been created since. These chat bots are incredibly easy to set up requiring very little coding skills. The only thing you need to do is set up an API, something that's fairly basic. If you're a small business owner lacking the funds and the skills to do this, you can use Botsify. It's a web service that lets you set up a chat bot for your Facebook page for free. It's very easy to use and requires absolutely no coding skills whatsoever. All you need is thirty minutes and this post to walk you through the process. Read More

How To Set Facebook Messenger Chat Color Using A HEX Code Or Color Picker

In March 2016 Facebook introduced a few new features to its Messenger app for the web and smartphones. The new features offered some customization options for chat conversations that let you set a different color for the chat bubbles, change the default emoji shortcut from the 'Like' emoji to anything else, and add a nickname for whoever you're chatting with. The color selection for chat conversations is very limited though and mostly lighter colors are offered. You can pick one of them but you can't enter a custom color. Mauf is a Chrome extension that lets you do just that. It lets you set a chat conversation color via a color picker or a HEX code. The change i.e., the new color is visible on the web and mobile phone apps for Messenger. Read More

Send Stickers And Gifs In Facebook Messenger With A Text Command [Chrome]

Facebook Messenger has supported GIFs and stickers for a long time now. The support spans all platforms that Messenger is available for. On both smartphones and the web app, you can search for and insert both stickers and GIFs into a conversation. Smartphones have the added advantage of being able to use third-party keyboards that are built specifically for inserting GIFs. xaoke is a Chrome extension that lets you send a GIF or a sticker via a text command inside Messenger. The GIFs are sent via Giphy. Read More