Facebook is a social media app that helps you stay connected no matter where you go. Billions of people around the world use their Facebook accounts to check in with their loved ones and to learn about breaking news as well as shop for goodies. Thanks to the Android app, you no longer need to use your computer to access Facebook.
All of the features that you love about the full website are available through the app. When you open Facebook, you can either sign in to the account you already have or create a new one. You can then search for friends and send them requests. The buttons on the top of the screen let you create reels similar to those found on Instagram or enter a room you already created. You can also launch a new room and start a “Facebook Live” feed.
To share an update, simply click on the box and write anything you want. You can add photos or videos in the same way and tag friends in them. Don't forget to check out your feed either. This is where you'll find all of the posts that your friends shared in the recent past. The downside is that Facebook uses an algorithm that ranks the posts based on whether they think you will like them. This results in some posts from several days ago or longer appearing before more recent posts do.
Some of the other issues you might have with Facebook is that it runs sluggish at times and limits the messages you can send. The only way to get full access to your messages is through the separate Facebook app. This app will tell you that you have messages but may not let you see them. You'll also find that it often asks you to add a backup method of getting into your account such as linking a different email address or adding your phone number.
If you like buying and selling online, Facebook gives you full access to the Facebook Marketplace. As a seller, you can list items and share photos along with the prices that you want. Local pickup makes it easy for buyers in your city to buy from you and allows you to pick the location where you want them to meet you. Facebook now lets you link your bank account and sell merchandise that you ship to your buyers. This can increase your sales and help you find buyers for unique items. Anyone who wants to stay connected to others while on the go will love using the Facebook Android app.
- Lets you add and search for people you know
- Gives you access to Facebook Marketplace to buy or sell
- Works on most Android devices
- You can customize your experience
- Has options for posting status updates and photos or videos
- Does not give you full access to the messaging app
- Can be a little sluggish
- Often asks for a backup phone number