How to stop specific Facebook friends from sending you app requests and game invites

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 3, 2016

We recently told you about a master switch that instantly stops all game invites that people you’re friends with on Facebook pester you with. In addition, we taught you how to stop apps from spamming your Facebook Timeline. But if you like playing some games on Facebook, turning off all game invites from everyone might not be the best solution.

If you want to keep seeing app-related requests from some friends, this tutorial will show you how to block game invites from everyone except a select few people. Read More


How to stop receiving all game invites on Facebook

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 2, 2016

I couldn’t care less about FarmVille or Candy Crush Saga or any other game on Facebook, for that matter. If you’re anything like me, I suppose pesky invite notifications for Facebook games have been ticking you off.

But don’t worry, you can block those annoying requests with just a few taps. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to stop getting invites for apps and games from Facebook friends, both on the web and in the app. Read More


WhatsApp now lets you share media from other apps like Dropbox and Google Drive

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 29, 2016

The popular mobile messaging service WhatsApp today received a pretty cool update in the App Store which adds the ability to share photos or videos from other apps installed on your iPhone via a new option exposed after tapping the Photo/Video Library button.

In addition, WhatsApp has gained a pair of new shortcuts in the 3D Touch menu on the Home screen and now supports solid colors as chat backgrounds.

Oh, and you can now zoom in on videos while they’re playing. Read More


Delayd lets you schedule text messages, social media posts, & more

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 29, 2016

When you have lots of Birthdays and holidays coming up and you want to wish all your friends and family the best, it can be hard to keep track of these dates on a day-to-day basis.

Fortunately, a useful utility app called Delayd is available for free in the iOS App Store that will allow you to schedule messages to your loved ones so you don’t have to remember to send those special messages when the day finally comes.

In this piece, we’ll talk about how Delayd works and show you how you can use it to schedule messages to people, but keep in mind the app can also be used for scheduling emails, Facebook posts, and Tweets in addition to SMS messages. Read More


Facebook Live now available in 30 countries, rolling out to more users in the coming weeks

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2016

Less than ten days after it began a staggered rollout of live video broadcasting capability, Facebook on Friday said the feature is now available to iOS users in thirty markets total.

“We’ll continue to roll this out to more people as well as Pages in countries around the world in the coming weeks,“ the social networking giant has confirmed. Read More


Instead of a much-wanted Dislike button, Facebook adds six reactions to its Like button

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 24, 2016

Facebook on Wednesday announced a move that has been long in the making: the company is extending the functionality of its ubiquitous Like button with six different reactions that help describe users’ mood and express how something they see in the News Feed makes them feel.

Available to all users globally across all mobile and desktop platforms, the six new reactions—Like, Love, Haha, Wow, Sad or Angry—can be applied by holding down the Like button on mobile or hovering over the Like button on desktop. Read More


Facebook rolls out Live Video functionality globally

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 19, 2016

Facebook is making good on its promise to roll out its Periscope-like Live Video feature to user around the world. As noted by Engadget, the social networking firm has now confirmed it’s begun rolling out the feature globally. The company started testing Live Video with a small percentage of U.S. celebrities, verified profiles and other users last December. Read More


Facebook will reportedly allow brands to send ads as messages within Messenger

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 19, 2016

According to a document Facebook has sent to some of its biggest advertisers, a copy of which was obtained by TechCrunch, the social network may start injecting ads into people’s conversations on Messenger in the second quarter of 2016. Specifically, Facebook currently plans to allow businesses to send ads as messages to users who previously interacted with that company using the Messenger service.

The leaked document advises that businesses “get consumers to start message threads with them now so they’ll be able to send them ads when the feature launches,” as per TechCrunch. Read More


How to save videos from your Facebook News Feed

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 17, 2016

It’s super easy to save photos that have been shared on Facebook to your computer, but for whatever reason, Facebook seems to be lacking the ability to save videos that are shared by your friends and appear in your News Feed.

Despite the common misconception that you need a fancy web browser plugin or third-party software to download videos from your Facebook News Feed, this simply isn’t the case. In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how you can save a video that appears in your Facebook News Feed to your computer. Read More


How to keep apps, games and websites from spamming your Facebook Timeline

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 12, 2016

One of the biggest challenges Facebook users face in their daily usage of the service involves keeping apps, games and websites that connect to Facebook as a sign-in mechanism from posting random updates, unwanted stores, ad links and other garbage on their Timeline.

For most people, this constitutes spamming because not only do these posts appear on your own Timeline, but also in your friends’ News Feed and ticker.

Unfortunately, too few people are aware that they can easily squelch this spammy behavior with just a few clicks. In this tutorial, we’re going to show you the tools Facebook put at your disposal which were designed to stop apps from posting updates on your behalf. Read More


Accessing Facebook in Safari can increase iPhone 6s Plus battery life by 15 percent

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 8, 2016

According to The Guardian’s technology reporter Samuel Gibbs, uninstalling Facebook’s battery draining iOS app and accessing the mobile Facebook interface through the Safari browser can boost an iPhone 6s Plus’s battery life by as much as fifteen percent.

Gibbs cited his own testing, which has revealed that Facebook’s mobile application continues to drain the life out of an iPhone’s battery even when it isn’t being actively used. Read More


How to disable video auto-play in Facebook’s desktop interface

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 5, 2016

Are you annoyed by the fact that videos in Facebook’s desktop interface play automatically when you scroll through your News Feed? Auto-play videos are nice until they are not: they consume system resources, use a large amount of bandwidth and can be quite distracting.

And to some people like this author, auto-playing content constitutes a bad user experience. Facebook defaults to having videos play automatically in the News Feed because of advertisers: a video counts as a view if it plays in your News Feed for more than three seconds.

But what’s good for advertisers usually is not for end users. In this tutorial, we’re going to teach you how to switch a toggle that will prevent videos from playing automatically as you scroll through your News Feed. Read More


WhatsApp testing ZIP chat export feature, Facebook to gain ‘post via WhatsApp’ button

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 1, 2016

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is about to integrate more tightly with the social networking firm’s mobile client, as discovered Monday by German blog

Facebook is testing the forthcoming version update to WhatsApp for iOS which will permit users to export their chat archive as a ZIP file.

Currently, WhatsApp lets you back up and restore chat history via iCloud, so the addition of ZIP chat exporting will make it easier for users to download their instant messages to a computer.

In addition, Facebook is also testing a new WhatsApp integration in its mobile application for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Read More


Facebook expanding Live Video feature to all iPhone users in the US

By Cody Lee on Jan 28, 2016

Facebook on Thursday announced that it would be expanding its live video broadcasting feature to all iPhone users in the United States. The company began testing the feature, aimed directly at Twitter’s Periscope, in December, along with its photo collage update.

To share a live video, make sure you have the latest version of the Facebook mobile app and open up the Update Status sheet. You should see the Live Video icon sitting above the keyboard. Type a brief description and choose your audience before tapping it to go live. Read More


Facebook rolling out new 3D Touch features in its mobile app

By Cody Lee on Jan 21, 2016

Facebook on Thursday began rolling out new 3D Touch features to iPhone 6s users via its mobile app. The Verge reports that the additions include the ability to peek and pop things like web links, profiles, pages, groups, events and photos.

The Facebook app has supported 3D Touch since October, but until now it has mostly been about the Quick Actions—the shortcut menu for Home screen icons. Facebook has added a new one of these as well, which takes you to your Timeline.  Read More


Facebook launches sports section

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 21, 2016

Yesterday, Facebook announced a brand new section on the service dedicated to sports fans and it gets its first big test during this weekend’s NFL playoffs.

The Facebook Sports Stadium, as they’re calling it because Facebook is “the world’s largest stadium,” is basically a dedicated place to experience sports in real-time with your friends and the world.

It brings all your game-related content on Facebook in one place, sorted chronologically and updated in real-time, including posts from your friends and their comments on plays, play-by-play information like where to find the game on TV, curated posts and commentary from experts, such as teams, leagues and journalists, and much more. Read More


Hide Facebook Messenger notification previews from the Lock screen for more privacy

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 21, 2016

Facebook Messenger is among one of the most popular third-party cross-platform messaging services available on the internet today; Almost everybody with a Facebook account uses it, whether they want to admit it or not.

Recently, we showed you how you could hide notification previews from the Lock screen for the Messages and Mail apps, but in this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how to do the same thing with messages coming in from Facebook Messenger on your iOS devices. Read More


How to download Facebook photos and videos

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 20, 2016

If you’ve been on Facebook for a few years now, chances are you’ve shared a bunch of photos and videos with your friends and family thus far, many of which might no longer be stored on your iOS device or Mac.

Unfortunately, Facebook doesn’t make things any easier by not providing a straightforward way to download the photos and videos users have uploaded to the service.

But worry not, our loyal fans, the iDownloadBlog tutorial series comes to the rescue. In this detailed tutorial, you will learn about five different techniques that will help you get those Facebook photos and videos onto your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac without too much hassle. Read More


How to download entire archive of your Facebook account data

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 18, 2016

If you’re considering closing your Facebook account and leaving the service, you should store on your computer copies of the photos, videos, status updates, wall posts and other content you’ve published on Facebook thus far. Thankfully, this can be easily done by downloading your entire Facebook data as a ZIP file.

This gives you a permanent copy of a lot of the same information available to you in your Facebook account.

This includes stuff like your Timeline info, posts you have shared, messages, photos and more, as well as data you did not create yourself such as the ads you have clicked on, logged IP addresses and what not.

This step-by-step tutorial will guide you through the process of downloading an archive of your Facebook information to a computer, and exploring its contents. Read More


WhatsApp to stop charging annual subscription fee in coming weeks

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 18, 2016

WhatsApp, a Facebook-owned mobile messaging service, announced on Monday that it’s going to stop charging customers a subscription fee of 99 cents per year. The service is currently provided at no cost during its free year, after which customers are being charged 99 cents per year to continue using the service.

Over the course of coming weeks, everyone will be able to download and use WhatsApp on their device totally free of charge and without a subscription fee. Read More

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