Use the Timehop App to See Your Past Social Media Posts

Go back in time to see what you posted

Timehop is a simple social media app that acts as a digital time machine for your social networks can help you find that out.

If you ever found yourself wondering what you were doing on this very day exactly a year ago, or two years ago, or maybe even a decade ago, then this app is worth checking out.

How Timehop Works

Timehop is a free iOS app and Android app that gives you a simple, visually appealing feed summary of what you posted on social media exactly a year ago, along with any posts you received from friends. Think of it as a social news feed of your past!

For social networks, Timehop currently works with:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Foursquare's Swarm

Timehop also lets you connect to your device's default media folder so you can even see the photos and videos you took but didn't share online.

In addition to showing you what content you posted exactly one year ago, Timehop will also show you anything you posted from two years ago, five years, or how many years back you were still active. If you've been on Facebook since the very early days (back when it was just a social network for college students), Timehop shows posts that are as old as 10 years!

Tips for Getting Started With Timehop

Once you've connected the accounts you want Timehop to access, everything else is easy. All you have to do is scroll up or down to view posts in your feed. The most recent yearly posts are listed at the top followed by the older ones in chronological order.

Three screenshots of Timehop for iOS.

When you first get started, the app might ask your permission to send you daily notifications so that you never forget to check your daily feed. ​If you forget to check it before the day's end, you won't be able to see those posts again until the very same day rolls around again the next year. 

You can also interact with most of the posts shown to you by the app, which is very convenient if you want to examine the post for a closer look. For example, if a collection of Facebook photos you posted a year ago are shown, you can tap them to view and swipe through them. Live links shared via Twitter can also be clicked on, and if any @mention tweets are shown, you should be able to click on "show conversation" beneath it to see the additional tweets from other users.

Re-sharing Your Timehop Posts on Social Media

Sometimes a post you made one or several years ago is just too good to not re-share again. Timehop makes it super easy (and fun) to share your posts again.

Under each post shown in your Timehop feed, there's a share button you can tap. From there, Timehop will let you design an image featuring your post, allowing you to use different frames and even a "Then and Now" template.

Once you're happy with your design, you can share it directly to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, in a text message, or via any other social app you may have installed on your device. 

Can You Use Timehop From a Computer?

Unfortunately, Timehop can only be used by installing it as an app on an iOS or Android device. You can't use it from the regular desktop web.

Back in the day, Timehop actually used to be a daily email you'd get with a summary of your old posts from a year ago or longer. But we all know that everyone gets far too many emails these days, and now with mobile devices increasingly becoming the number one way people decide to access the internet, it makes a lot of sense that Timehop made the transition to be a mobile app.

What are you waiting for? ​Go ahead and download the iOS or Android app now for a look back at your past on social media.

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