How to Add Groups to Your Shortcut Bar on Facebook

Desktop and mobile support this feature, but controls are in different places

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What to Know

  • On app: Menu > Settings & privacy > Settings. In Preferences, select Shortcuts > Shortcut bar.
  • Then, next to Groups, select Auto > choose Pin or Auto.
  • On desktop, choose Groups > Groups you manage or joined > choose group > three dots > Pin group.

In this article, we show you how to add groups to the shortcut bar on Facebook. The visibility of icons like Groups on the shortcut bar is controlled from the Facebook app settings on iOS and Android.

How to Add Groups to Your Shortcut Bar on the Facebook App

Facebook can display the Groups icon on the shortcut bar based on your activity. To permanently keep the Groups icon on the bar, go into the Facebook app settings. The steps are similar on iOS and Android. The screenshots below are from the Facebook app on iOS.

  1. Open the Facebook app and tap Menu.

  2. Select Settings and privacy.

  3. Select Settings.

    Facebook Settings on iOS app with Menu, Settings & Privacy and Settings highlighted
  4. Go down the list of Preferences and choose Shortcuts.

  5. Select Shortcut bar.

    Facebook Shortcuts setting on the iOS app with Shortcuts and Shortcut Bar highlighted
  6. On the Customize your shortcut bar screen tap, select the Groups drop-down arrow.

  7. Select Pin or Auto. "Pin" keeps Groups on the shortcut bar while "Auto" controls the visibility of the Groups icon based on your activity in any of your groups. Select Hide to remove Groups from the shortcut bar.

    Pin Groups in Customize your shortcut bar


You can only customize the shortcuts on the Facebook app for iPhone, iPad, or Android. It's not possible to hide the shortcuts on the desktop.

How to Add a Group to the Menu on Facebook Desktop

Facebook on the desktop doesn't have a shortcut bar. However, you can go to Groups from the left pane and add your favorite groups under the main Groups icon by pinning them.

  1. Open Facebook in a desktop browser.

  2. From the News Feed, select Groups in the left pane (select See more if all icons aren't visible).

    Facebook homepage on desktop with Groups highlighted
  3. The Groups page lists the Groups you manage and the Groups you've joined.

    Pinned Facebook Groups highlighted
  4. To pin the group, first select the group to visit its page. Then select the three-dot menu > Pin group.

    Pin group menu item highlighted
  5. Pinned groups will appear in the left pane, underneath Your shortcuts. You may need to refresh the page for changes to take effect.

    Facebook Groups on the left navigation bar with Your shortcuts highlighted
  • How do I delete groups on Facebook?

    To delete a Facebook Group, launch Facebook and select Groups. Under Groups You Manage, select the group you want to delete. Select Members; next to each member, select More (three dots) > Remove From Group. When you're the only member left, select More > Leave Group > Delete Group.

  • How do I find groups on Facebook?

    To find groups on Facebook, go to Groups. Under For You, you'll see groups you've joined, friends' groups, and suggested groups. Tap Discover to search for a group or a keyword related to a group you're interested in.

  • How do I tag groups on Facebook?

    To mention a Facebook group in a post or comment, type @ followed by the group's name. Select the group name from the list of options that appears. A link to the group will be created, but the group's privacy settings will dictate what's visible to people who click.

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