What are the differences between ‘Liking’ and ‘Subscribing’ to a Facebook page?

DrSunil Vaswani December 4, 2012

Which are the salient and subtle differences between ‘Liking’ and ‘Subscribing’ to a Facebook page? Is it possible to subscribe without Liking a Facebook page?

  1. Vedavyas Paruchuri
    April 8, 2013 at 7:23 am

    If you like the page means the page value will increase but if you subscribe the page means all the posts which are posted in the page will be presented on your timeline...

    • Tina Sieber
      April 10, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      Finally an answer that makes sense. Thank you!

    • Dr.Sunil
      April 10, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      yes tina this answer made me feel "Eureka!"

  2. Rohit Jhawer
    December 14, 2012 at 5:27 am

    Subscribe works for profile pages of person. Like works for facebook pages.

  3. DrSunil Vaswani
    December 7, 2012 at 5:07 am


    Please note in the question and it's description that query is not for fb user profiles but fb pages

  4. Usman Mubashir
    December 6, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    subscribe is just like liking but without you liking the page, you get notifications of all the posts and updates but the page is not shown on your profile likes.

  5. Rakesh Mishra
    December 6, 2012 at 5:47 am
  6. shaurya gupta
    December 5, 2012 at 10:58 am

    if yo usubscribe, the notifications appear but not when you like...i guess!

  7. Duy Nguyen Minh
    December 5, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Like = share your massage to everybody. Subscribing = email from fb send to you.

  8. Shahbaz Amin
    December 4, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    I think subscribe is where you just want to keep uptodate with page updates but dont necessarily endore or like the product (despite having some interest)..not all pages allow it, I think.

  9. Vishal Srivastava
    December 4, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    The difference between liking and subscribing is that when you like something, you tell the author whatever he has posted is good. By subscribing to someone, you say to that person that you like whatever he posts and want to follow whatever he posts in the future as well.

    • DrSunil Vaswani
      December 7, 2012 at 5:11 am


      But how to subscribe a fb "page" ( not user profile ) without liking it?

      • Vishal Srivastava
        December 8, 2012 at 6:54 am

        Well, for subscribing something, the author must have chosen the subscribe option while making the page. If that is on, you'll see a subscribe button just below the Cover photo. If you don't, then you can't subscribe to it. If you do, just press that button and you'll subscribe to it. Many authors don't use subscribe option so it's more likely to be available with user profiles than pages. If you don't want to like a page and still get daily updates from it, try pressing the Settings button (also present just under the cover) and choose "Add to Interest List..." option. I haven't tried it though...

  10. Ali Ehsan
    December 4, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Like means ( you like it , him , her , page , article , etc...)
    Subscribe ( to one whom you probably sent a add friend request , they may be didn't check it yet, didn't approve, hence you will get updates ( if the person you subscribed allowed it in his privacy settings )

  11. kems neo
    December 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    i think they are the same

  12. Sunil
    December 4, 2012 at 9:56 am

    How to subscribe to a facebook page without 'liking' it

    • Ashwin Ramesh
      December 4, 2012 at 11:51 am

      If the person has allowed subscribers, then you can click on "Subscribe" which is on the right side (below the timeline cover) of the his/her's facebook page.

  13. Douglas Mutay
    December 4, 2012 at 7:48 am

    You can suscribe without liking a page but it will have the same result...

  14. Jesse Manalansan
    December 4, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Liking is referring to that you "like" a specific post. When you say Subscribing, you are like signing up for that specific brand/person to be informed of his/her facebook updates. Usually you can see updates (status, photo uploads, etc) in your newsfeed

  15. Alejandro Hernandez
    December 4, 2012 at 5:28 am

    When you like a page, the posts made by that page will appear in your News Feed. When you suscribe, you will receive notifications about the posts of the page AND appear in your News Feed.

    • DrSunil Vaswani
      December 7, 2012 at 5:08 am

      I understand

      Appending a subquestion : how to subscribing without liking a fb page?

  16. Sashi Peiris
    December 4, 2012 at 3:46 am

    In suscribing you receive updates to the page. When you like all you do is increase the number of likes by one.

  17. Ashwin Ramesh
    December 4, 2012 at 3:15 am

    Well, when you Like something, you really "like" it ;) And you are subscribed automatically to his/her's updates. It gets shown on your Likes page.
    You can of course subscribe to one's updates, if he/she has allowed subscribers. You don't have to Add as a friend/like someone to subscribe. This one gets shown on your timeline that you have subscribed to xx. For more, check out: https://www.facebook.com/help/382751108453953/

  18. sathyamurthy
    December 4, 2012 at 3:06 am

    When you subscribe for a page, that means whatever posts are made to that page, will be notified to your Facebook page. It can be only done for a facebook page. "Like" can be for any individual posts that are made to facebook page by friends and non friends.

  19. Adrian Rea
    December 4, 2012 at 2:06 am

    if you like something, you say I like this and the author gets a warm fuzzy feeling and it promotes that article on your facebook page. Subscribe and you are informed of all new posts by the person you subscribed to

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