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Where is that post I shared on Facebook?! Sound familiar?

You want to show something you posted to someone in person and can’t seem to find it anywhere. Or maybe there was something a friend posted, or something you liked or commented on. No matter what it is and why you need to find it, this is a notorious problem people have on Facebook. What many don’t realize is there’s a far better alternative than endlessly scrolling down your or a friend’s Timeline.

Native Facebook Features & Tips

Before allowing an app to access your Facebook, try experimenting with Facebook’s own features. If you are scrolling down your Timeline, you should know that by default Facebook doesn’t display every post by you or your friends. Even if you click the specific year to the top right, you’re only going to see the Highlights. In order to see all posts from that year, click the “down arrow” to the right of Highlights and click “All Stories”. Refer to the image below.

1 Facebook Timeline - All Stories

This is a great time to briefly mention about Facebook privacy settings Facebook Photo Privacy Settings You Need To Know About Facebook Photo Privacy Settings You Need To Know About As with everything regarding privacy on Facebook, managing your photos' privacy settings isn't always easy. Read More . Upon searching old posts, you may find some you no longer want to be public or visible to friends of friends (and I guarantee you will find posts you want to delete Clean Up Your Facebook Account Before You Go Looking For Work Clean Up Your Facebook Account Before You Go Looking For Work By now we’re all aware that it’s important to be professional online, that employers have the ability to do background checks based through our social media accounts. And also that many people, though they know... Read More  completely). To limit all past posts to only viewable by friends, click the dropdown menu in the top bar.

2 Facebook Privacy - Limit Old Posts

Then follow: Settings > Privacy (left sidebar) > Who can see my stuff? > Limit Past Posts, and click the Limit Old Posts button.

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Graph Search

3 Facebook Graph Search

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3.2 Facebook Graph Search - Friends posts

You can do a search as simple as “my posts” or a more detailed search like “my posts about _____”. You can also search posts from your friends to your Timeline or posts on your Friends’ Timelines Letting People Find Your Timeline Is Actually Good For Privacy: Here's Why [Weekly Facebook Tips] Letting People Find Your Timeline Is Actually Good For Privacy: Here's Why [Weekly Facebook Tips] A recent move by Facebook to remove a prominent privacy option has been slammed by privacy advocates. However, it may be in your best interests as long as you know what to do about it. Read More .

Activity Log

5 Facebook Timeline - View Activity Log

The Activity Log is another place you can search for posts. It offers several options to search: your posts, posts you’re tagged in, posts by others, posts you’ve hidden, photos on your Timeline, photos of you, all your photos, and all posts that you’ve liked and commented on. You can access this from your Facebook Timeline or this URL:

5.2 Facebook - All Activity - Search Posts

Facebook Apps & Websites


QSearch is an app that very quickly pulls any posts on your Timeline pertaining to your search results. You can then filter them by status, photo or link. This displays not only your own posts, but any posts from your friends as well.

6.2 QSearch - Search Posts

In addition to searching your own Timeline, you can also use it to search your friend’s Timelines, groups you’re a part of and pages you follow.

6.3 QSearch - Home

Search My Posts

Search My Posts is an app with less functionality than QSearch, but still allows you to find your posts to your Timeline based on a keyword search. You can also filter by videos, music, images and links. In my experience, not all results loaded at once and they did take a little time, but I still found what I was looking for.

7 Search My Posts


Archivedbook is a website that you connect to Facebook to view all your old posts, but it can find far more than that. You can also see all of your friends’ posts. Seen in the image above, you have several options on sorting what to display: your posts and statuses, posts by others to your Timeline, photos, videos, places, pages, notes and events. You can also sort how the results are displayed by clicking the dropdown menu to the far right and choosing whether to display newer or older items first, or by posts most liked or commented on.

8 Archivedbook - Searching

The only downside to Archivedbook is it doesn’t store the loaded posts at all. That might sound like a good thing, but when you click on any other option (aside from the far right dropdown menu at the top), it has to completely reload the entire list. It also would be nice if you could set a specific time frame to display posts in.

TIP: To search for a post, just use the shortcut CTRL + F.

Which Method Do You Use?

My recommendation would be to first try to get by without connecting a website or app to your account and use Graph Search or searching the Activity Log – just my personal preference.

However, QSearch is a great tool for finding things quickly, and it has some sorting options too. Search My Posts would be good for narrowing down results to only your posts (not a feature that is in QSearch), but be prepared to wait just a bit longer for the results to load. Using Archivedbook is great, but you’ll have plenty of time to go grab a snack in the kitchen while you wait for the results to load.

How do you find old posts on Facebook? What do you think of these options? If you have any personal experience with them, we’d like to hear about it in the comments.

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  1. Saalik Siddikki
    February 3, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Sorry dear, you didn't answer Jim's question. I'm facing the same issue. The list of my Timeline years has disappeared. how do I find my first post on my Timeline? Please guide. thanks and best regards.

  2. Jim
    January 25, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    I want to view an older post from my timeline, but the menu of years and months shortcuts that should be on the right side is not visible

  3. Christian Haerle
    March 27, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    When I click on a specific year such as 2012 or 2011 in the bar showing years on the right hand side of the screen, it has no practical effect that I can see. The results are full of posts from 2015. Maybe I am using the filter incorrectly?

  4. Sandra
    January 23, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    I still don't see a way to delete a post that possible at all?

    • Aaron Couch
      January 28, 2015 at 3:09 am

      Hi Sandra,

      I didn't include that to stay focused on "finding posts". But you can view the post options by clicking the "down arrow" in the upper right corner of a post. From there you'll see an option to delete it.

  5. Chris Gibson
    January 22, 2015 at 9:44 am

    To finds a specific personal message I had to download my Facebook data (settings, Download a copy of your Facebook data. ) Extract the .rar file then the messages are in an html file you can open in your browser and search as usual (Ctrl, F)

    • Aaron Couch
      January 28, 2015 at 3:10 am


      You shouldn't have had to do that. There is a personal message search box that you can use to search key words or people you've had conversations with.

      • Anonymous
        March 22, 2016 at 9:45 pm

        That is pure BS. The search simply fails to find posts with "my posts ...something. Fails to find old posts, fails to find recent posts. It fails to find text in my comments, in my friends posts or comments,!! That "graph search" is simply useless garbage with fancy name.

  6. beth lutz
    January 22, 2015 at 12:43 am

    Gosh great post. Even though i haven't been that into facebook these days, this is still some really interesting info your putting out. Thank you.

    • Aaron Couch
      January 28, 2015 at 3:07 am

      Well thanks Beth!

  7. Satinder Broca
    January 21, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    I found your article very useful & came just when I was looking for
    something like that. Thanks.
    Is there any book about the complexities complexities of FACEBOOK,
    useful tips & short city, etc. In short a kind of Bible ?

    • Aaron Couch
      January 21, 2015 at 10:01 pm


      We don't have anything like that at MUO at this time, though we do have a Facebook Privacy Guide (

      But that is a great suggestion! Maybe we'll have one soon :-)

    • Aaron Couch
      January 22, 2015 at 5:28 pm


      Glad to hear! At this time MakeUseOf doesn't have such a thing. Though we do have an unofficial guide to Facebook Privacy. I'm not 100% on how up to date it is though.

      Great suggestion! Maybe we'll have one eventually.

  8. Rohit Thomas
    January 21, 2015 at 9:58 am

    QSearch doesn't pick up all the posts with the particular keyword(s). And most times, the search results are wrong. That can be checked in comparison to the Activity Log.

    • Aaron Couch
      January 28, 2015 at 3:12 am


      It may depend on what your searching. Seeing that I tried so many tools and only a few various search terms, I didn't have a lot of experience with CSearch (such as weeks of use). However, my own results were good enough to include in this article and I was rather picky about what I included.

      Do you just use the Activity Log then?

  9. Jessica C
    January 21, 2015 at 12:13 am

    Yes. Yes I have scrolled through my facebook feed to find things and thought there had to be a better way. Great lede, Aaron.

    • Aaron Couch
      January 21, 2015 at 5:17 am

      Thanks Jessica!

  10. nuno
    January 20, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    my graph search doesn't work anymore

    • Aaron Couch
      January 21, 2015 at 5:17 am


      Everyone's Graph Search works the same. Feel free to elaborate as to what's going on. Perhaps you're just not entering the proper search criteria.