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6 Things to Do When Facebook Goes Down

Ben Stegner 01-10-2015

Facebook has gone down a few times recently, and though there are many things to do when this happens What Do You Do When Facebook Is Down? [MakeUseOf Poll] Facebook is one of the cornerstones of the Internet, and five minutes of downtime can cause mayhem. And panic. And mass hysteria. So, what do you do when Facebook goes down? Read More , they aren’t always apparent. Here’s a quick list for next time.


First, make sure Facebook is actually down. It’s not uncommon for your Internet connection to stutter or die. Use website checkers 3 Ways To Figure Out If Your Favorite Website Is Down There are a few websites out there that are devoted simply to answering the basic question that you'll eventually ask: "Is this website down?" Here, we have three of these websites, and they are all... Read More like to make sure it’s not just you, and then restart your computer Why Does Rebooting Your Computer Fix So Many Issues? "Have you tried rebooting?" It's technical advice that gets thrown around a lot, but there's a reason: it works. Not just for PCs, but a wide range of devices. We explain why. Read More .

Didn’t work? Go ahead and refresh Facebook like crazy. These outages only tend to last for a few minutes, so mashing refresh will likely get you back in quickly. Also, don’t forget there are other social networks 5 Hottest Social Networking Sites Without Your Grandma Is the social network market saturated? Isn't everyone already on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and LinkedIn? Not quite. Read More out there. Switch to something else for a while and connect with different people.

Still waiting? Try making a YouTube video How To Make YouTube Videos That Don't Suck The formula for creating a hit video is a tricky one. You never know when something you've done will garner a lot of attention online. Read More sharing your rage about Facebook being down. By the time it’s uploaded Facebook will likely be back, but you will at least have done something productive – and you can even re-use it next time!

Remember that Facebook is not the entirety of the Internet, so visit another site – like us! MakeUseOf always has something to teach you! Try a StumbleUpon alternative if you’re stumped on where else to visit on the Internet.


Finally, it’s key that the Internet isn’t the only thing in life, so shut off your device and go do something else much more interesting offline. You can then post about whatever you do on FB when it’s back!

What’s your go-to activity for when Facebook is down? Drop a comment and let us know!

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  1. Anonymous
    October 10, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Go all-out offline - take a walk in the park, read a dead-tree book, anything that has nothing to do with a screen

  2. Anonymous
    October 1, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    facebook getting boring these watch some tv series play some basketball.comment here and be

  3. Anonymous
    October 1, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    I only realised Facebook was down because twitter was going nuts about it.

    I have found myself moving away from FB due to the lack of interesting posts. Apart from all the usual baby photo's. obvious scam posts and generic holiday snaps, it has lost it's appeal and no longer holds my attention.

    I do beleive it still has the capacity to be the social network for all, but on the rare occasions I "have" to log on, it just feels like a money grab with constant game requests, naff adverts and faces of people I have never met and nothing in common with but.... I "may know them" according the cyber conciousness of Zuckerburg.

    Facebook is down; meh, it means nothing.

  4. Anonymous
    October 1, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    I find it ironic I had to log in using Facebook, to make a comment about a satirical post about Facebook. I'm in danger of disapearing up my own arse here.

    • Anonymous
      October 1, 2015 at 4:23 pm


  5. Anonymous
    October 1, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    What is this "Facebook" thing people are talking about?

  6. Anonymous
    October 1, 2015 at 4:18 am

    Watch some Netflix, Hulu or other. Play a game, go do something outside etc. Facebook doesn't control my life.

  7. Ryan Dube
    October 1, 2015 at 3:06 am

    I kind of panic at first...break into a cold sweat...but then I'm thankful at least the power isn't out. So I go to Google+....that last about 5 minutes. Too boring. Then I go to Twitter. Get a headache...too much noise. Then I refresh Facebook. No dice.
    Twiddle my thumbs....refresh....go walk the dog and then come back...refresh....
    Eventually by the 7th or 8th refresh, Facebook is back, and I breathe a sigh of relief.

  8. Anonymous
    October 1, 2015 at 2:47 am

    I avoid Facebook as much as possible, which means I might use it 3-4 times a year.

    My suggestions for things to do if it's down:

    Talk (that's when you use your voice) with friends?
    Read a book?
    Go for a walk?

    • Bryan Clark
      October 1, 2015 at 4:14 am

      Does not compute.