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5 Facebook Restrictions and Annoyances (and How to Solve Them)

Mihir Patkar 23-09-2017

Facebook can be quite controlling about what you can and can’t do with it. It won’t let you save Messenger chats to your computer. It frowns on third-party apps. And there are other unnecessary restrictions. But with the right tools, you can do whatever you want.


This isn’t about how Facebook constantly tracks you Facebook Is Tracking You! Here's How to Stop It Many entities are tracking your internet activity, including social media sites like Facebook. Here's what you need to know. Read More or other such issues. It’s about using the social network or its other apps on a daily basis and dealing with its annoying restrictions.

1. Chat Saver (Chrome, Firefox): Save Messenger Chats to Your Computer

In the past, instant messaging apps like Google Talk or MSN Messenger would save all chats to your hard drive. That’s no longer an option in modern messenger apps. Reclaim your privacy with Chat Saver, a simple extension to save or download your chats to your computer.

The extension works on Firefox and Chrome, but you might need to install the Chrome extension manually How To Install Chrome Extensions Manually Google recently decided to disable the installation of Chrome extensions from third-party websites, but some users still want to install these extensions. Here's how to do it. Read More . Once it’s set up according to the instructions in the above video, you can download your chat history with any friend.

Some chats might be too big to download properly. Others might not save pictures. Remember, this is a third-party app that Facebook doesn’t actually allow. But you’ll find solutions to the errors on the Chat Saver FAQ. The only things it can’t download are off-the-record chats on Messenger How To Go Off-The-Record With Your Facebook Chats Facebook chats are a great way to communicate with a major drawback: Facebook keeps a record of everything. Unless you delete chats manually, they will remain on Facebook for years to come. Read More .

Download: Chat Saver for Chrome (Free) | Firefox (Free)


2. Caprine (Windows, Linux, Mac): A Better Messenger for Desktop

Speaking of Messenger, Facebook doesn’t have any official client for it on Windows, Mac, or Linux. The best you can get is a web-based app, which gets the job done. If you want a standalone app, look no further than Caprine.

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We have tested plenty of Messenger apps for desktop and mobile 7 Best Facebook Messenger Apps for Desktop and Mobile Like Facebook Messenger, but want more flexibility? Don't worry, third party developers have your back. Here are the best Facebook Messenger apps you can get, apart from the official one. Read More , and Caprine holds its own against them. It’s as full-featured as an app can get, and includes a few tricks too. For example, you get built-in features to block others from viewing your “last seen” or “typing” statuses.

There’s also a neat-looking Dark Mode, as well as support for notifications, stickers, and emojis. With its privacy features enabled, this is perhaps the best app for those who want to use Messenger without Facebook How to Use Messenger Without Facebook Using Messenger without a Facebook account or login is easy. The process just requires installing an app and configuring it. Read More .

Download: Caprine for Windows, Mac, Linux (Free)

3. Facebook Backup (Chrome): Download Photos and Videos Easily

Boy, it’s almost like Facebook purposely tries to make things difficult for its users. Have you ever tried downloading photos or videos from a Facebook Group or event? It’s hell. Thankfully, the Facebook Backup extension exists to make our lives easier.

Install the extension on Chrome and go to a Group or a page. Click the extension’s logo to see options to backup photos or videos. Choose the action, and which images you’d like. There are only file names displayed, so it might be easier to download them all and then sort through them later. Facebook Backup will also remember how many photos you have backed up, so you don’t keep redownloading the same ones.

The app is so quick and simple that it’s frustrating Facebook doesn’t allow this already. If you want previews of what you are saving, you might want to check out some other ways to download photos and videos from Facebook How to Download Facebook Photos and Videos Facebook is a treasure trove of photos and videos of you and your friends. Here's how to download Facebook photos and videos. Read More .

Download: Facebook Backup for Chrome (Free)

4. Friendly (Android, iOS): The All-in-One Facebook App

Facebook has split its social networking app and the Messenger app into two on mobile. You can’t even access Messenger through a browser on phones, you need the app. If you preferred the old “all in one” Facebook app, get Friendly.

This customizable, simple app has the old-school Facebook look and combines both the News Feed and Messenger again. It is also light on storage, data, and battery, much like Messenger Lite Facebook Messenger Lite Is the App We've All Been Waiting For If your Android smartphone is running slow or running out of battery too quickly, one app might be to blame: Messenger. The good news is Facebook has launched Messenger Lite. Read More and Facebook Lite 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 .

Friendly also adds several options that Facebook doesn’t have. For example, you can filter the news feed by keywords, and organize it to always show the most recent posts first, disabling the algorithmic feed How (and Why) to Disable Algorithmic Feeds on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook Algorithmic feeds only serve social networks. Here's how to change to chronological feeds on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Read More . It’s a much better way to control your news feed Don’t Be an Experiment: How to Control Your Facebook News Feed What determines what is and isn't a top Facebook post? How often you interact with a person, topics you're interested in, how many likes or comments the post attracts, and – apparently – psychological experiments. Read More .

Download: Friendly for Android (Free) | iOS (Free)

5. YT2FB (Web): Share YouTube Videos Like Native Facebook Videos

Facebook is at war with YouTube to become the biggest video platform. In that battle, it has become a bit petty. When you share a YouTube video on Facebook, the news feed shows it tinier, won’t auto-play it, and often requires your friends to open it in a new tab. YT2FB is a better way to share such videos.

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The app turns a YouTube link into a proper Facebook video you can embed. Don’t worry, each view on Facebook also counts as a view in YouTube, so the original uploader is not losing out on YouTube views. The app’s developers answered several similar questions on their Product Hunt page.

What Annoys You About Facebook?

Even if you can’t live without it, admit it, Facebook has some annoying things How to Delete Facebook Notifications Facebook has a reputation for spamming users. Here's everything you need to know about managing Facebook notifications. Read More . From unwanted notifications to privacy violations, the social network does a bad job sometimes.

What annoys you about Facebook? How is it stifling your freedoms, or restricting simple things you expect it should let you do?

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  1. Lee
    October 4, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    I want the ability to change the order my photos appear in, from last to first and vice versa. Like it used to be.

  2. Guy Hutchins
    September 27, 2017 at 12:17 am

    FB resets the news feed and goes back to the top by itself even when I am reading a post. Gone and then it's hard to find again.
    Very frustrating!

  3. Carlos
    September 23, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    My biggest annoyance is that the side chat bar disappears when you make the facebook chrome window half the size of your 1080p monitor. Is there any way to keep the side chat bar up next to the newsfeed when you have your window like that? I've tried blocking some of the elements to make room with ublock but it still minimizes the chat.

  4. shausha
    September 23, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    None of those are annoyances.

    Tell me how to get rid of the constant
    - do you want us to save your password prompt
    - or the see your facebook notifications on your desktop
    - or their badly targetted adverts

    and so on. Now them are annoyances.

    • Wicked
      September 23, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      You can try FB Purity or Social fixer browser addons