How to Manage Your Facebook Profile and News Feed

Create a profile and manage your News Feed and Timeline

Facebook is the undisputed social media site leader, but there's a bit of a learning curve when you're just getting started sharing, posting, liking, and using other Facebook features. Here's a look at Facebook's key elements, including your Facebook Profile page, Home page, and News Feed, and how to use them.

Facebook Friends

Facebook friends are the people you've connected with after you've accepted each other's friend requests. It's easy to search for friends and people you know using Facebook's search engine, and Facebook will often suggest potential friends based on your current relationships. After you've added friends, they'll show up on your Friends list.

Facebook Friends page

Create a Post on Facebook

When you open up Facebook on your home page, you'll see a text box that says, "What's on your mind [your name]?" It's where you'll type your status update or thoughts and upload photos.

Share thoughts and status updates in Facebook's Share Box

Home Page and News Feed

Your Facebook Home page displays your News Feed. Your News Feed page is where you can see and scroll through anything posted by the people and business Pages you follow. The News Feed is where you arrive when you log in to Facebook. You can access it anytime by selecting the house-shaped Home icon on the top of the page if you're using Facebook on the desktop. On the mobile app, you'll see the Home icon on the bottom menu for iPhone or top for Android.

Facebook news feed page with home page icon highlighted

Profile Page

Your Profile page is where you'll arrive after selecting your name and image from the top right on the desktop or by selecting Menu > See Your Profile on the Facebook mobile app.

Your Profile page contains your profile picture and a cover photo, biographical information you can add to or edit at any time, and a scrollable list of posts you've made or those in which you've been tagged.

The Profile is where you can edit your About information, view your friends and photos, and manage your posts. This page was called the "Wall" or the "Timeline" in the past.

Other users may navigate to your Profile page to learn more about you. You have the option of making your Profile page information available to anyone on Facebook to see or to keep your Profile visible only to your Facebook friends.

Facebook profile page example

How Your News Feed and Profile Page Differ

Your News Feed and Profile page are where you'll likely spend the most time on Facebook. The News Feed is about your friends and what they're doing, while your Profile page is about you and the information you're OK with sharing.

Your News Feed page is a stream of continually updated information from your friends and any Groups or Facebook Pages you follow. What you see is unique because it centers around the people and organizations that interest you.

News Feed Viewing Options

You have some control over how your News Feed presents posts to you. You can prioritize specific posts, snooze people who may currently be annoying you, unfollow people, and reconnect with people you've previously unfollowed.

If you're using Facebook via a web browser on your computer, you'll access your account settings to control News Feed viewing options.

  1. From your News Feed page or Profile page, select Account (upside-down triangle) from the top right.

    From your News Feed page or Profile page, select Account (upside-down triangle) from the top right.
  2. Select Settings & Privacy.

    Select Settings & Privacy.
  3. Select News Feed Preferences.

    Facebook Settings with News Feed Preferences highlighted
  4. Select Manage Favorites to see posts from certain people higher in your newsfeed; select Unfollow to remove posts from your newsfeed from people or Pages you choose; select Reconnect to see posts from people you previously unfollowed; or select Snooze to take a 30-day break from seeing someone's posts.

    Manage your News Feed Preferences

    To manage News Feed settings using the Facebook mobile app, select More (three lines), and then go to Settings & Privacy > Settings > News Feed Preferences.

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