How to Use Facebook's See First List

Choose the people and pages you'll see at the top of your newsfeed

If you find yourself scrolling through Facebook trying to find posts from your favorite friends or pages, there's an easier way. With its See First list, Facebook lets you prioritize posts from friends or pages you choose. Here's how to select friends and pages to appear first in your News Feed.

We've included instructions for both Facebook on the desktop and the Facebook mobile app for iOS and Android.

Select Friends or Pages to See First

Create your See First list from News Feed Preferences or right from someone's profile.

From News Feed Preferences With Facebook on the Desktop

  1. Open and log in to Facebook on your desktop computer.

  2. Select the arrow in the top right corner of your Facebook page.

  3. Select News Feed Preferences from the drop-down menu.

    News Feed Preferences from Facebook
  4. Select Prioritize who to see first.

    Setting Facebook See First List
  5. A screen opens displaying thumbnail images of your friends and the pages you follow.

  6. Select the thumbnails of the people you want to see at the top of your News Feed when they post. A star is added to the thumbnail.

    Setting Facebook's See First list
  7. Select Done.

  8. To review your list, go back to Prioritize who to see first > All > People you see first. Your choices will display.

Add up to 30 people or Pages to your See First list. The selections you make are not ranked, for example, the person or page you chose first won't necessarily be seen first.

From News Feed Preferences With Facebook Mobile App

These instructions apply to Facebook's iOS or Android app.

  1. Tap the three horizontal lines.

  2. Scroll down and select Settings & Privacy.

  3. Tap Settings.

  4. Scroll down and select News Feed Preferences.

  5. Tap Prioritize who to see first to make posts from people or Pages appear at the top of your News Feed. 

  6. Tap the thumbnails of the people or pages whose posts you'd like to see first, then select Done.

    Setting Your See First List
  7. Your See First list is now set.

Change See First Settings on a Profile or Page

If you are on a person's profile or on a page, easily add them to your See First list from there. Just hover over the Following or Liked button near the cover photo and select See First.

Adding a page to your Facebook See First List

From the Facebook app, tap Follow or Following near their cover photo and select See First.

When you put friends on your See First list, they are not notified that you have done so, and you won't receive notifications when they post.

How to Add a Person to Your Close Friends List

Putting someone on your See First list is different from identifying them as a close friend. When you add a friend to your Close Friends list, you receive a notification every time they post on Facebook.

Add to Close Friends via Facebook on the desktop:

  1. Go to your friend's profile.

  2. Hover over the Friends button.

  3. Choose Close Friends from the drop-down menu.

Add to Close Friends from the Facebook iOS or Android app

  1. Go to your friend's profile:

  2. Tap the icon below their profile picture, then select Friends.

  3. Tap Edit Friend Lists.

  4. Tap Close Friends.

  5. Tap Done.