How to Use “Nearby Friends” Feature on Facebook

Nearby Friends is a Facebook feature that lets you and your friends share your locations with each other. When you turn on Nearby Friends on your Facebook App, you are also turning on Location History. Location History must be turned on for location features, like Nearby Friends, to work on Facebook.


How to Turn Nearby Friends on or off using the Facebook for Android app:

  • First Turn on Location Services and Background Location.
  • Tap on the menu in the top right.
  • Click Nearby Friends.
  • Select next to your name to turn Nearby Friends on.
  • Tap next to your name to pause or turn off Nearby Friends.

How  to turn Nearby Friends on or off using the Facebook app for iOS devices:

  • First Turn on Location Services and set location access to Always.
  • Tap on the Menu in the bottom right.
  • Click Nearby Friends. You may need to click on it to See More first.
  • Click on Settings in the top right.
  • Tap to turn Nearby Friends on, or tap to turn it off.


How To Add my Location to an Existing Facebook Post

To add your location to an existing Facebook post on a computer:

  • Go to the post.
  • Tap on *** in the top right corner of the post.
  • Select Edit Post.
  • Tap Check-in and then click ‘Where are you’ to select a location from the list below or search for a location.
  • Tap Save
How To Tag Friends at a Location

Whenever you check into a location, you can tag your mutual friends if they have set their FB privacy settings so they can be tagged. Some people set their privacy settings so that approval is required before someone can tag them.
Tag your Friends at a Location:

  • Scroll up to the top of your News Feed or Profile and click ‘What’s on your mind.’
  • Tap check in to select or search for a nearby location.
  • Click to tag friends.
  • Enter the name of the friend you would like to tag.
  • When you are done adding friends, click Post.


How to Edit or Remove Post Location

You can only change, edit, or remove a location on your own post.


Edit your Location on a Post:

  • Go to the post.
  • Tap on ***  and select Edit Post.
  • Tap Check-in.
  • Enter your new location below the post and click Save.
Remove your Location on a Post:

  • Go to the post.
  • Tap on *** and select Edit Post.
  • Tap on “Check-in.”
  • Choose X to the right of [Your Location] to dissociate your present location.
  • Click or tap on Save.


How to Use Local in the Facebook Application

Local is a feature only available on the Facebook app for iPhone and Android. When you are using Local, you can turn on Location Services to be able to suggestions in your area.

Local helps you find places and things to do that are recommended by friends on Facebook. Suggestions in Local are purely based on things like friends’ recommendations, check-ins, and their likes.


Using Local in the Facebook App for iPhone or Android is done by:

  • Tap 
  • Click Local.
  • Under Local you can:
  • Scroll down to see things like Your Top Picks This Week, Upcoming Events and Your Recent Places.
  • Search for your choice nearby places based on name, category, or location.
  • Select a category at the top to explore, and use Filters to filter the results.
What to Do to Help Business Show up in Local in the Facebook app?

Ensuring your business show up in Local in the Facebook app requires that you have added all basic Page information to your Page. Page information includes details like the name, category, address, phone number, store hours, username, and a short description of your business.

The strength of your Facebook Page’s connections matters a lot here. Results are being personalized, which makes it different for every user. If someone wishes to find a restaurant in a particular city or town, places that their friends have checked into or recommended can be displayed higher in the result. Results that looks similar to the places, people, and things that a person has previously connected to will likely also be displayed higher in the result page.

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