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6 New Features and Changes to Facebook You Should Know

Mihir Patkar 22-07-2015

Facebook introduces new features all the time, and slowly rolls them out to users. It’s difficult to keep up with all the changes, or know what’s new and useful in the world’s largest social network. So we are revisiting the best things to come from Facebook recently, in case you missed any of them.


Of course, Facebook is no longer just about Facebook. It has an ecosystem of apps around it, and the Facebook Messenger service is powerful enough to take on Google Hangouts and other instant messaging apps.

Customize What You See in News Feed

The Facebook News Feed can get overwhelming at times, and you often see trivial updates from acquaintances, while missing important posts from people you care about. To avoid this, Facebook has finally introduced News Feed Preferences to prioritize what you see in the news feed. With the new preferences, you can:

  • Prioritize your friends so the important people show up first. Just tap to star your favorites, Facebook will make sure their posts pop up first.
  • Unfollow acquaintances in bulk, so that you still appear as friends without seeing their posts in your timeline. It’s one of the best ways to clean up your news feed.
  • Reconnect with people you unfollowed, just in case you made a mistake.
  • Follow brands and pages in bulk.

This option is already available in the iOS app and has rolled out to a few Android users, but will be available across Android and Web in the coming weeks, so be patient if you don’t already see it.

Add a Legacy Contact to Handle Your Account After You Die


Once you die, what happens to your Facebook account, with all your messages and photos and data? Much like you’d make a will to give your physical assets to a loved one, Facebook lets you give control of your account to someone.


It’s called a Legacy Contact, and it’s pretty easy to add one. Just choose someone from your Facebook friends, and choose whether you want them to be able to download an archive of all your photos, posts and profile information.

  • Your Legacy Contact will be given the ability to write a post at the top of your timeline, respond to friend requests, and change the profile and cover photos.
  • Your Legacy Contact cannot impersonate you. They can talk on your account, but only as themselves, not as you.
  • You can also choose to not add a Legacy Contact and instead delete your account on your death.

You really should enable this feature right away because if you don’t, the process of getting access to a deceased person’s account How To Access A Deceased Relative's Digital Accounts While the Internet has already provided for ways to remove your deceased loved one's digital accounts , there is occasionally the need to access them. Sometimes it's for will information - other times it has... Read More is tedious. You don’t want to put your loved ones through that.

For a more comprehensive handover of all your digital accounts, one simple trick can protect your online legacy This One Simple Trick Will Share Your Online Account Access After Death All of a sudden you're dead and your family has no way of accessing your digital documents. How would you prevent this disaster from taking place? Read More .

Look Through Your FB History with On This Day



At this point, Facebook is pretty much a digital history of your life. Just like sites to find out what happened on this day in history 5 Websites To Go Back In Time & Find Out What Happened This Day In History Read More , Facebook now lets you jump back in time to see what was happening in your life on any given day. It’s called On This Day, and it’s pretty neat.

You can check your history any time by visiting, but you won’t always get a hit. Instead, switch on the notifications for OnThisDay, so that whenever there’s a historical event, it will either show up in your News Feed or Facebook will alert you about that event.

And just like any post, you can share that memory with your friends. Cool, right?

Create a Private, Controlled Scrapbook of Your Child’s Photos

If you’re on Facebook, you can’t escape photos of children posted by proud parents. But parents also want to protect their child’s online persona and make sure all the photos are in one place, and that they have control over who sees them. Facebook’s new Scrapbook is the best way to handle your kid’s pictures.

  • Any adult and their partner can set up a digital scrapbook for their child by going to About > Family and Relationships > Create a Scrapbook.
  • Only the two partners can control the scrapbook, and only the two partners can tag the child in a photo.
  • Choose a tag for your child, like his/her name, or “kiddo”, or whatever. Any photo where either partner uses that tag will automatically be added to the scrapbook.
  • The partners can customize the privacy settings for each photo, and will get a notification if a picture has been set to “Public” or not.

Scrapbook is a great way for parents to take amazing photos for their kids Top Tips: How To Take Amazing Digital Photos Of Your Kids While owning the right equipment, and knowing how to use that equipment successfully, can help anyone take good quality photographs, more important is the knowledge of how to take a good shot. Some people are... Read More and safely share them, as well as maintain a secure album for the future. You can check out the Scrapbooks FAQ for more information.

Messenger Goes Independent, Gets Video Calls

Messenger is a big part of the Facebook experience, despite some qualms about its permission requirements. Facebook has been rapidly developing the service, and has baked some cool new features into it.

Android Only: Chop the Fat with Facebook Lite


Facebook requires you to install Messenger separately anyway, so why is that Facebook app taking so many megabytes of space on your phone? Facebook Lite is a new app from the social networking giant which cuts the flab.


It is perfect for phones with low disk space. In fact, it also runs faster on phones with older hardware. And it also includes Messenger, so you don’t need a separate app to chat with your friends.

Our detailed Facebook Lite review What Is Facebook Lite and Can It Replace Facebook? What is Facebook Lite? Here's everything to know about what Facebook Lite is and how it differs from the standard Facebook app. Read More has everything you need to know, along with download options if you can’t get it from the official Play Store link below.

Download: Facebook Lite (Free | Google Play Store)

What New Facebook Features Do You Want?

Another important Facebook feature you should know about is the follow-unfollow feature. Not familiar with it? Learn what is unfollow and follow on Facebook (and when to use it) What Is Unfollow and Follow on Facebook? (And When to Use It) Here's everything you need to know about Facebook followers, and following and unfollowing people on Facebook. Read More .

Facebook does a good job of listening to its users and we know at least one senior developer who reads MakeUseOf regularly. So if you want some new feature, talk about it in the comments and drum up some support for it. The right people might just read it!

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  1. SantosJohnston
    May 15, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Mihir, you provided such important information through this article on new Facebook features and changes. Your article helped me a lot to get updated about new changes in Facebook. So, Thank You very much. Keep updating us with useful information.

  2. Prem
    May 13, 2019 at 2:11 am

    There should be a feature of dark mode in Facebook. There should also be feature of finding your old forgetten account to access with your current account by linking with you images, feed and prove it's actually your account. I've been in this situation. I like to have my old account back because I have forgotten it's email and password and the account is still in use it's been around 8 years since.

  3. Kevin Lagace
    February 18, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Facebook pages are a great way to get your services or products out there...but the one thing I hate about it is when you're trying to give back to your followers, for example:
    We are running a contest on our page to give away free product. So we go by who has liked our page. Unfortunately, not all the people who follow/like us are displayed because of privacy concerns.
    There should be a check box, controlled by admins, for people who like the page, to bypass those concerns, or, somewhere on the page, you are able to see a printable list of all followers or page likes. This always is an issue when we have 269 likes but can only actually see 215 of them. Makes contests hard this way!!
    Admins or page owners should be able to see all of the people who like their page.

  4. Cath'rine
    August 9, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Facebook features I want in the future:
    1. Able to disable comments on your posts
    2. Able to delete someone else's comments on your posts
    3. Be alerted when someone screenshots or saves your photos or posts
    4. There should be an option who could message you on messenger
    5. Completely hide all friends including mutual friends
    6. Be alerted when someone screenshots your messenger conversation threads including the secret convo (in reference to Viber app features)

  5. Jake Walls
    April 8, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    On Facebook they should add a feature to buy houses with no spam of any kind. Facebook should add 3d singing emojis like apple has no matter what camera you have on your phone. including change your keyboard style without having to download more apps on your phone. Including have a music creator built in on the website so FB visitors can create their own music with 1,500 music options or upload your own music , the music options will only be instrumentals and does not interfere with copyrighting plus can record your voice from your computer voice recorder and add it to your music it will compete with ujam or soundtrap but the music options will be all free save your music give your song a title and name of the singer or band. Unlimited storage to store your music. Plus be able to share your own music on facebook only. Plus make facebook have offline access without having to pay for it. I have a good title for it Facebook Music Creator. Plus Facebook will have a free resume maker. Plus make facebook for little kids even though there is a messager kids but I also want the main Facebook site/apps to be for little kids to but will have parent controls to acually block inappropriate site visitors for the kid to not follow/be friends with/ Plus I want there to be a option called Facebook music videos to compete with youtube, vevo, and other video sharing sites.

  6. wajahat ali
    March 23, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    i want to recover my accidently deleted facebook pics

  7. donna mathis
    February 11, 2018 at 7:37 am

    mine changed 2 days ago and i hate it..put it back the way it was ..i had more control before you made changes.i am now getting crap posts less from family and friends .it wont let me do a lot of what i could before like sharing sending private msg. dont know who is on or not.. get a msg alert dont know who its many things wrong to list change it back or im deleting my acount

  8. Deborah E Wall
    December 23, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    what are the numbers that now appear on the top of our timeline under my name.
    Mine says 1 mo ??

  9. Moe Thet Pan
    December 20, 2017 at 8:18 am

    I want the Did you Know features.

  10. Eric Flores
    December 19, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Can you take away the story feature on Facebook it's useless

  11. Eric Flores
    December 19, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    I don't like the story feature on Facebook can y'all take it off

  12. Kavin Buchanan
    December 7, 2017 at 5:35 am

    Bring back the Interest List they it was and the Ticker too. And a better way to Search on facebook just make it much better.

  13. Yael
    November 15, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Make the newsfeed stay defaulted to "most recent".
    Please add back photos and posts my friends like or react too in my newsfeed.

  14. Sparsh Kumar
    October 5, 2017 at 4:38 am

    Do Facebook pay for telling them about lack of any service or the change to be made??

  15. Frankie Culpepper
    September 13, 2017 at 3:28 am

    No you don't listen..its not what we want its about what you th upgrade won't send my messages...don't have video I go to old one and cant het in to video has lack of directions

  16. Kimuli Kenneth
    July 10, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    I want to lock my pictures, so that no one could save my pictures without my permission! Thank you

  17. Nicci Marie
    June 30, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    can you please make the comments section where I can turn them off? just like in a group.

  18. Stephanie Moore
    May 31, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Bring back the icon to show friends list who are currently online!

  19. Lisa
    April 21, 2017 at 12:29 am

    I would like to have my friends list back on the right hand side of my iPad instead of logging into messenger to see who is on. The more friends I can see on my timeline while I go through the newsfeed the better

  20. Barb Raimondo Britton
    March 29, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    On my Android phone I can no longer see who is on Chat. There is no list running down side of page with green buttons nor do I have the little icon to turn Chat on or off. I did not make the change. Phone worked yesterday afternoon like normal and then last night this feature was gone. I am totally disgusted. Hate all the ads that continually pop up if I am watching a video but that is not my major problem right now. Not seeing who is on chat is major as is ability to turn it on and off. No responses at all from facebook to my requests (multi) for help.

  21. Lee-Ann
    March 12, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Why not add a feature that you can see who views your profile

  22. Susan
    February 22, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    I do NOT want to see what my friends like. They're not really friends and I don't care what they like. And I want to prevent some people from seeing some posts. And sometimes I just want to see their pictures. REAL pictures, not disguised text. AndNOT SO MANY ADS!!! And not so much political crap.

  23. aregawi
    December 24, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Unlike button...

  24. Shelly
    December 24, 2016 at 5:53 am

    Bring the edit feature back please!! Why was it removed in the first place?

  25. Shelly Hoyt
    December 24, 2016 at 5:46 am

    I want the edit feature back. Not sure why it was removed in the first place but it would make my Facebook experience much more enjoyable!!

  26. Debbie
    November 30, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Make the feed stay defaulted to "most recent". And every time someone comments, I don't need that in my feed again! Also, unless you use Chrome, you are unable to stop this annoying pop-up-notifications!! I use safari, and my Mac doesn't even show up as an option to change!!

  27. Mariel
    November 19, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    I want to include in the notification area those friends on facebook whose viewing your timeline

  28. krishnan
    November 2, 2016 at 10:59 am

    After reading one Notification must be able to read the next unread with an arrow scroll button.
    It is painful to go back to See All everytime and that too it starts with the newest on top and page down to come to next unread.

  29. Qust**
    September 15, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    It would be nice to get fb/messenger widgets for ios10. Comments/likes on fb widget, last message on messenger

  30. Ellen
    July 7, 2016 at 6:36 am

    Seems my facebook is not updated like my friends have, like live video etc..etc.. we use same smartphone. How do i get this app to my fb account?

  31. ShyJuan Clemons
    March 20, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    I'd like to be able to add my own friends to my chat list and see them when they are online rather than the sporadic list of visible names of people I never chat with and being forced to scroll through them to get to the ones with which I'd actually like to chat with

  32. Sianjay C Rai
    January 27, 2016 at 6:51 am

    How about letting all the videos in Facebook with a download button. it would be very nice if every videos on Facebook can be downloaded so we can download the most loved ones.

  33. Anonymous
    January 15, 2016 at 10:22 am
  34. Anonymous
    August 1, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    I love the saved links and video options.. However, you can only share the saved items.. It would be nice to just like them also.

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 3, 2015 at 9:11 am

      Lots of people seem to be requesting this. Hopefully FB devs will read this thread :)

  35. Anonymous
    July 24, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Bookmark in the News Feed: If you're out for 2-3 days and want to see your News Feed (undreds of posts) you may have to quit before seeing every things! Just Bookmark it and come back later!

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 5:56 am

      Oh god. Now I want this. Now I want this so badly!

    • Anonymous
      August 4, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      That would be great! So many times I was checking facebook while waiting for an appointment, had to stop what I was reading and never found it again

  36. Anonymous
    July 24, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    I would love to be able to see the (save link) and (save video) button on every post that their is on Facebook instead of putting it on certain ones. Just like the Hide Post and Turn on notifications that is on every single post. Make save link and save video just like hide post and turn off notifications.

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 5:56 am

      Hmmmm, you mean you want to save posts, not just links? I didn't quite get the point of a "Save Link" if there is no link in the post.

      • Anonymous
        July 31, 2015 at 5:03 am

        On most of the post that does allow you to save it comes up saying (save link) and (save video). Facebook should allow you to save all of the links and videos and posts that comes up on your home page and that all of your Facebook friends post.

  37. Anonymous
    July 24, 2015 at 3:59 am

    Would love to be able to enter key words to keep certain things OUT of my News Feed.
    For example, you could use a different punctuation, like a hash tag, and then what you didn't want to see.

    &Kanye &Caitlyn &Kardashian &TaylorSwift

    You get the idea.

  38. Anonymous
    July 24, 2015 at 2:42 am

    1.) Give a privacy option to those of us that prefer to hide the number of likes on our posts.

    2.) Give an option to hide from the newsfeed the public posts we liked and/or commented on. Just because the friend made the post public doesn't mean I want all my friends (read: non-mutual friends) to know I publicly liked or commented on this post.

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 24, 2015 at 9:45 am

      Nice! I'd really like the second one!

  39. Anonymous
    July 24, 2015 at 2:14 am

    like the Google cards, I'd like to be able to swipe away stories I've read so that I don't see them again unless there's such and such # of comments on personal friends post, and such and such # on pages posts. or Swipe and snooze away stories.

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 5:58 am

      Hey, this could be really useful! I didn't think of it, but now that I'm imagining it, I like it. Great idea, Randa!

  40. Anonymous
    July 23, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    It would be nice if Facebook allowed Pages to follow people. I am a freelance book reviewer, and several of the authors I review have a personal account but no page. I would like to follow them via the page that I created, not my personal account that is supposed to be reserved for family and friends.

    It would also be nice if Facebook offered a drag and drop feature to add/remove friends from certain groups quickly.

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 6:00 am

      Ah, I get what you're saying, but I think Facebook sees things differently. It WANTS "real people" as the focus at all times, which is why even if you have a page, it forces you to follow people from your personal account. They're basically saying, "We don't want you to segregate your business and personal lives on FB, we want the whole you."

      I do agree with you that the demarcation would be useful, but I don't see it happening in the near future.

  41. Anonymous
    July 23, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    being able to add a short video or animated gif as your profile picture would be nice. But maybe only allow it to play video on the person's actual wall. Might be a little to much to see all the moving images on a news feed.

  42. Anonymous
    July 23, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Currently you can add a synced photo as a new comment/post, but you can't add a sync'd photo as a response to someone else's post.. You can only from your hard drive.

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 6:02 am

      YES! THIS IS SO ANNOYING! Great point, Pam. When I actually face this, I curse Facebook, and then promptly forget about it. But when you brought it up right now, it was like a war-zone flashback of irritation.

  43. Anonymous
    July 23, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    I would like to find all unread posts so I don't miss anything because older posts made their way to the top again. Also, if I click on a link to read comments or something, I don't want to lose my place.

  44. Anonymous
    July 23, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    I'd just like to be able to upload my own gifs. At least start with your profile pic and timeline cover.

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 6:04 am


  45. Anonymous
    July 23, 2015 at 5:29 am

    I would love to be able to pin Facebook posts directly to Pinterest.

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 6:04 am

      That would be more of a Pinterest feature than FB, I think. I'm sure FB doesn't want to encourage that, since it wants you to move away from Pinterest and back into its social network, so Pinterest will need to do a workaround there.

  46. Anonymous
    July 23, 2015 at 5:02 am

    I want to be able to post from facebook to other sites such as pintrest, instagram & tumblr.

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 6:05 am

      I don't think a direct solution for that will come about, because Facebook wants to keep you in its network. Facebook-to-Instagram might happen though, considering it now owns Instagram. Have you tried IFTTT?

  47. Anonymous
    July 23, 2015 at 4:40 am

    The possibility to change the notification sound.. I'm tired of it and my dog too! :/

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 6:05 am

      Your dog has great taste.

  48. Anonymous
    July 22, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Let me know when they get a decent community and stop lying to users and experimenting on them

    • Mihir Patkar
      July 30, 2015 at 6:06 am

      Oh Phil, you dreamer you. Come, let us sing John Lennon's Imagine.