How To Access Nearby Friends On Facebook – Do you know you can find nearby friends on Facebook?
Yes! Facebook app on android and iOS has a feature that if turn on, can lets you and your nearby friends find you and your location.
How to use the Facebook nearby location feature to find friends on Facebook is very simple and easy.
However, you’ll need to first and foremost turn nearby locations on Facebook.
Interestingly, this article will teach you how to easily turn on facebook nearby location step by step.
We’ll also consider the steps for turning it off step by step.
Let’s get started with how to turn on facebook nearby location:
Accessing Nearby Friends On Facebook
To turn on facebook nearby location on using your smartphone, do the following:
- First off, turn on your android or iOS device
- Tap on the facebook app icon to continue to your facebook profile
- Go to the top right corner of the facebook app homepage and tap on the three parallel lines icon
- Tap nearby friends on the next page that appears
- Tap on the “turn on” button at the bottom right of the page
Once that is done successfully, facebook will show you the list of all your friends that are nearby. Your friends who have also turn on the facebook nearby locations can also see you as their nearby friends with your location.
However, you can use the settings button at the top right corner of the page to decide you can see your location on facebook.
To do that, you’ll need to tap on the settings icon in the upper right of the page. This is where you can choose who can see your location. For example if you have set up lists in Facebook, you can choose to share your location with just that particular list, such as Close Friends. The default is “Friends” as shown on the left; just select and then choose from your available lists.
You can also share your precise location with a friend, if you wish. For example you might see that a friend is nearby and you want to meet up with them. Click the arrow icon next to their name and then choose how long they can see your every move.
HOW TO TURN OFF NEARBY FRIENDS IN FACEBOOK
If you’ve used Nearby Friends and decided it’s not for you, just turn the feature off.
Follow the same steps (More tab > Nearby Friends > Settings) and then slide the slider to the left until the slider is no longer green.
The tiny text on the screen lets you know that even though you have turned off Nearby Friends, the app is still building a “history of your precise location even when you’re not using the app”. If you feel this is a bit intrusive, take a look at the Location Settings.
On the Location Settings screen, slide the slider to the left to turn off Location History. This doesn’t delete your previously saved history; that is still lurking around on your Activity Log. While you are the only who can see this log (it is not shared with friends) you can remove your history if you prefer.
To get to the history log, click the “More” tab again, scroll all the way down and find Activity Log. Choose the Filter at the top, and select Location History (It’s near the bottom of the list). Once selected, you’ll have a filtered view of your activity that only shows location history. Select “Clear Location History”.
TEENS AND NEARBY FRIENDS
For those with teens who are active on Facebook, this would be a great time to review their Friends lists. Teens are more likely to have a large number of Facebook friends.
Their friends list is probably more of a “random acquaintance” list. They could be sharing their whereabouts with hundreds of people.
Unless they are selective when adding friends they might be making their general location known to more people than you’d like (or they even realize).
Again, this is an opt-in feature, so talk with your teen about whether they should use this feature if they have Facebook on their phone. If they do, perhaps limiting the sharing to “Close Friends” would be a wise approach.
So what do you think? Does this feature sound like a good idea? If you think you might find this useful, like the young hipsters in the TechCrunch video meeting up for coffee, you may want to turn this feature on.
I only see value if most of your friends use Facebook on the go and also turn this feature on.
If you are concerned about privacy and sharing your location data with others – even if they are your friends – or you don’t think you’ll ever use it, then leave it off.
That is it on Facebook Nearby Friends Location – Easy Guide On Accessing Nearby Friends On Facebook.
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