Seven handy Facebook hacks that will make your life SO much easier

Facebook has become a big part of our daily lives, but sometimes it's more of a bother than anything else.

From meaningless notifications to annoying status updates, follow these handy hacks to make sure your feed is the way YOU want it: 

1. Hide certain posts/pages from you News Feed

After logging on to FB, you likely scroll through your News Feed to see what friends are up to or to read interesting articles. However, you may have that one friend that constantly posts ridiculous status updates. 

Instead of unfriending them completely, you can unfollow their page by clicking on the arrow on the top of a given post. 

If you're on your phone, select 'Unfollow X' or if your on a desktop, select 'Hide all from X'. 


2. See the most recent posts from your News Feed

FB is automatically programmed to show you top posts from your friends and pages. However, that means sometimes seeing older posts that aren't that relevant anymore. 

Change your News Feed to appear in chronological order using the left-hand sidebar. If you're on your phone, click 'more', then scroll down to 'feeds' and select 'most recent'.


3. Choose people and pages to show up first

If you have the new FB update, you can now customise your News Feed to prioritise updates from your favourite people and pages.

To activate these settings, go to News Feed preferences and under 'settings', choose 'prioritise who to see first'. Assigning blue stars to your top friends will unsure you never miss an update. 


4. Stop getting notifications from things you don't care about

FB is all about communicating with friends, so it's likely you will comment on a post your BFF might share. However, after you comment, you might start to receive notifications from other users commenting on the same post after you. 

This is super annoying, especially when you're not in the convo anymore, so to stop these, first click on the notifications button and you can adjust what you want to see from there. 


5.Stop notifications popping up on your phone

Similarly, your likely to not want pointless notifications on your phone either. Push notifications can be adjusted under your phone's settings. Select 'notifications' and then 'mobile push' and uncheck anything you don't want ot see anymore. 


6.  Disable 'seen' in FB Messenger

Your Messenger automatically allows friends to see when you've opened a message they sent you. While this is one of the harder ones to undo, you can use a third party app to turn it off on your desktop only. Some popular choices are FBUnseen (for Google Chrome) or Unseenly


7. Choose who can see what you post

You can block individual friends or lists of friends from seeing your most recent status updates, or photos you've posted. At the end of your post, you'll see a button at the bottom telling you who can view it, click that, then click 'more options' and then 'custom'.

Under 'don't share with', type in the person's name that you want to hide the post from.