Troubleshooting Guide: How To (Re-)Enable The Facebook Timeline

facebook logo 300x300   Troubleshooting Guide: How To (Re )Enable The Facebook TimelineWhen Facebook introduced Timeline last year, the first reactions were mixed. Many people who tried it, quickly wanted to get rid of it again. The trouble was that once you had converted, there was no way back. Until some clever coders offered tools that would allow you to view Facebook without the Timeline. Now the tide is turning and many people come to us for advice on how to get their Timeline back.

If you are one of those who now want to switch to the Timeline view, this troubleshooting guide is made for you. Together we will figure out whether you have enabled the Timeline in the first place, or what exactly you did to get rid of it, and how you can undo that. And if none of the advice works, you can always ask for help in the comments.

By the way, if you are looking for a way to do the opposite, i.e. remove the Timeline, just apply your smartest brain cells and reverse engineer this guide to disable the Facebook Timeline.

How To Get Timeline?

First, let’s see whether you have Timeline already. Log into your Facebook account, then visit the Introducing Timeline website. At the bottom of the website, you should see a navigation bar. In the very right of that bar, there is a button that says Get Timeline. Click it, then click on your own name anywhere on Facebook or go to facebook.com/your-user-name (your Facebook Wall) to check whether you can now see your profile in the Timeline view.

Get Timeline   Troubleshooting Guide: How To (Re )Enable The Facebook Timeline

Alternatively, log into Facebook, click the little down button in the top right next to Home and select Enable Timeline.

Note that your Facebook Wall (where you see the Timeline) is not the same as your Facebook News Feed, i.e. what you see when you go to Facebook.com while you are logged in! To see your Wall and hopefully the Timeline, click on your name in the top left of your Facebook News Feed.

Facebook News Feed   Troubleshooting Guide: How To (Re )Enable The Facebook Timeline

Problem: Facebook says I already have the Timeline, but I cannot see it!

If you cannot push the Get Timeline button, you already have Timeline. This is the case for me, as shown in the screenshot below.

Get Timeline Button   Troubleshooting Guide: How To (Re )Enable The Facebook Timeline

If you cannot see your Timeline, even though Facebook claims you have already upgraded your profile to Timeline, try to find out how you disabled it.

How Did You Disable the Timeline?

So Facebook claims you already have the Timeline, yet you cannot see it. Unless something is terribly broken, there essentially is only one way in which you could have disabled the Timeline, which is using a browser add-on. So let’s see whether that is the case for you.

To check whether it is a browser add-on, log into Facebook using a browser you don’t typically use. For example, if you usually log into Facebook with Firefox, use Internet Explorer or Chrome or Safari instead. If you can see the Timeline in another browser, you most likely used an add-on with your standard Facebook browser to disable the Timeline. Proceed to the Solutions.

If you cannot see the Timeline in any of your installed browsers, chances are, something else is going on. Try to log into Facebook from a friend’s computer who can see the Timeline on their Facebook Wall. If you still cannot see your Timeline, you probably installed a Facebook app to remove the Timeline.

If you can see your Timeline on another computer, but not on your own, regardless of what browser you try, I’m stumped. To my knowledge, there is no application that removes the Timeline for your entire computer. However, you could try to check all browsers, maybe you installed Timeline Remove add-ons for all of them.

Solutions: Manage Browser Add-Ons

If you figured out in the previous step that you most likely disabled your Timeline using a browser add-on, re-enabling your Timeline is as easy as disabling or removing the respective add-on. Below are instructions for different browsers and add-ons.

TimeLine Remove

This is the most popular browser add-on used to disable the Facebook Timeline. You actually don’t have to uninstall it to re-enable your Timeline. Instead you can switch between enabling and disabling the Timeline. When this add-on is installed in Chrome and possibly on other browsers, you should see a ‘white t on blue’ button in your list of enabled extensions to the right of the Omni / Search bar. Simply click this button and click the status to enable or disable TimeLine Remove.

Timeline Remove Chrome   Troubleshooting Guide: How To (Re )Enable The Facebook Timeline

While TimeLine Remove doesn’t seem to work with the latest version of Firefox, it does still work with Chrome and it is also available for Internet Explorer (not tested) and Safari (not tested).

F.B. Purity

This browser plugin is available for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera. It allows you to customize Facebook in a number of ways and one feature includes removing the Timeline. If you have it installed, you can enable or disable the Timeline, by clicking the TL (green letters with or without red X) next to the Facebook search bar. Alternatively, you can also disable or remove the browser add-on entirely.

F.B. Purity   Troubleshooting Guide: How To (Re )Enable The Facebook Timeline

Greasemonkey

Greasemonkey is a browser add-on that allows you to customize how you see websites, including Facebook. If you installed a Greasemonkey script to adjust how you see Facebook, you can undo these changes by removing the respective script. Please find instructions how to manager your Greasemonkey user scripts here.

Faking User Agent to Make Facebook Think You Are Using Internet Explorer 7

Maybe you used a more or less manual trick to disable the Facebook Timeline, which is not available in Internet Explorer 7. This trick is explained in detail on Techie Buzz. Simply reverse the steps for your browser to undo the changes.

Internet Explorer 8 and 9

  • Open Internet Explorer.
  • Click the Tools button and select Manage add-ons.
  • Click the add-on type Toolbars and Extensions.
  • Find the add-on that disables your Timeline, right-click it and either choose Disable or Remove.
  • Close Manage Add-ons, restart Internet Explorer and enjoy your Timeline.

Firefox

  • Open Firefox.
  • Click the Firefox button in the top left and select Add-ons from the menu.
  • Make sure Extensions are selected in the left-hand sidebar of the Add-ons tab.
  • Scroll through the list of extensions and Disable or Remove the add-on that disables your Timeline.
  • Click the Restart now link that shows up and subsequently enjoy your Timeline.

Firefox Disable Add On   Troubleshooting Guide: How To (Re )Enable The Facebook Timeline

Chrome

  • Open Chrome.
  • Click the Wrench icon in the top right and select > Tools > Extensions.
  • Scroll through the list of extensions and either uncheck Enabled or click the Trash icon.
  • This should work without restarting Chrome.

If you are using another browser, e.g. Safari or Opera, please query Google for instructions on how to disable or remove add-ons.

Last Resort: Remove Facebook App

In case none of the solutions above worked for you, your last resort is to check whether you used a Facebook App to remove your Timeline.

  • Log into Facebook and go to App Settings.
  • Browse the list of apps for the one that disables your Timeline.
  • Once you found it click the X in the far right to remove it.
  • Clear your browser cache, restart your browser and enjoy your Timeline.

Do you know of other ways to reclaim the Facebook Timeline or have you not been able to enable it despite following all suggestions above? Please share your experiences in the comments for others to learn and help. Thank you!

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11 Comments -

Adjei Kofi

Great article. I just tried the F.B Purity. Works just fine. Simple to install. Now I’m using the old single view on fb thanks. :)

Tina

Ha! Just don’t forget that you used it to disable the Timeline. :)

Adjei Kofi

Yup. As long as I use my mozilla, I’ll still be able to use facebook without the timeline. And that’s exactly what I want.

Serj Ryazanov

I stopped using Facebook because of it’s “new features” introduced at the same time as “timeline” – FB decides by himself – what you need to see from your friends updates – and what to not! The statistic tolds that every man seeing only ~16% of friends updates.

Thomas Moffat

this would be useful, but i never actually check my profile, i just use my feed. might try some of these extensions at some point…

Muhammad Ahmad

How to disable timeline?

Tina

Read article above!?

laptop cu

Still Easy, Edit Before Anyone Sees It:
1. Be sure you’re logged into your Facebook account.

2. Go to the About Timeline page.

3. Click on “Get Timeline.”

4. Scroll down on your timeline and edit or remove any items you don’t want shown. Do that by holding your cursor over the upper right of the item you want to edit, and then make your choice on the drop-down list.

5. From that list you can change the date of the item, add a location, hide it from the timeline, delete the post altogether, or report it/mark it as spam.

6. If you’d like to “feature” any of the posts, click on the star icon to the left of that pencil icon, and that item will be expanded all the way across the page, made larger for all your friends to see.

7. Once you’re satisfied with all the edits you’ve made, either go back to the top of the Timeline and click “Publish Now,” or do nothing and it’ll be automatically published on December 22.

SL

I can’t get timeline. Facebook says I already have it but I don’t.

I do, however, have it on my business page: http://www.facebook.com/xoxoxCelebrationCakes and that’s linked to my regular page, so maybe that’s the problem. Just guessing.

I’ve tried all the things you’ve suggested. I used to use Explorer but am now using Safari. Don’t know if that’s relevant.

I don’t use apps on facebook, but did check anyway.

Any ideas?

Thanks
SL

Tina Sieber

Did you ever try to disable the Timeline? Have you tried viewing Facebook in another browser?

If enabling as described above doesn’t work and if it’s not a browser-related issue, it might be a genuine Facebook bug. I don’t know a fix for that.

I would recommend posting a question to MakeUseOf Answers, describing the issue and what you have already tried to fix it, i.e. what causes you can exclude, e.g. Timeline is enabled, tested on different browsers etc. There is a crowd of people who might have some more ideas for you.

SL

Never disabled Timeline, just never clicked to join it.

I’ve tried on a different computer with a different browser, but to no avail.

I really do think that it’s something to do with my business page already being on timeline, as I am the administrator for that page. I can’t think of any other reason.

It’s not the end of the world, but I’ll see what I can find out.

Thanks
SL