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5 Facebook iPhone App Headaches, Solved

With Facebook's mobile app, locating certain settings can feel like a scavenger hunt. We track down answers to common gripes.

You're away for the weekend when a pop-up notification on your iPhone alerts you that a friend has tagged you in a handful of photos. The photos are unflattering and you want to untag yourself. But how?

Facebook's iPhone app has improved over the years, but pinpointing certain settings can still be a scavenger hunt. Here's a look at five common problems and instructions for finding the right solution.

1. Change your profile and cover photos
If you want to change your Facebook profile picture or cover photo on the go, navigate first to your profile. To change your profile picture to a photo you own, tap and hold your current cover photo or profile picture until a menu pops up at the bottom. You can choose from "View Profile Picture," "Upload Photo," and "Take Photo." Choose the option you prefer and follow the prompts.

To change your profile picture to one that a friend has uploaded, navigate to that photo and tap and hold it until the menu pops up. Tap "Make Profile Picture" and follow the prompts.

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2. Remove location tags from your status
When you post a photo or update from the Facebook mobile app, it automatically includes a location tag, unless you have already removed it. This location tag appears on the bottom-left of your update status box when you compose a post.

To remove your location from posts, tap the location icon. A list of nearby places will load. At the very bottom of the screen is the same location tag visible on your update status box. Click the X to the right of it to remove it -- and future locations -- from your updates.

3. Modify posts on your profile
Removing, editing, hiding, and adjusting the privacy settings for something you or someone else posted to your Timeline is easy. Tap the drop-down menu next to the post you want to change. If it's something you have posted to your profile, you will have the option to delete it, edit it, edit the privacy setting, or hide it from your Timeline. If the post is from a friend, you have the same delete and "hide from Timeline" options, but you can also choose to report the post or mark it as spam.

4. Untag yourself from a photo
Your Facebook app alerts you that your friend tagged you in seven unflattering photos. While there's no quick and easy way to untag yourself, fortunately it can be done.

Start by navigating to your profile. Below your basic information are quick links to your About, Photos, Friends and Places sections. Swipe these boxes to the left until you find the Activity Log box, and tap it.

To find an older post, click the Filter option at the top. Find the photo you were tagged in and tap the drop-down menu to the right. You can choose to hide the post from your Timeline -- which means it can still be found through Graph Search -- or you can report and remove the tag. Follow the prompts to untag yourself or request that the photo be removed from Facebook.

5. Add a friend to a list
You may have put off accepting a friend request on your mobile device because you want to add the person to a limited profile list. No need: You can do that from your Facebook app.

To add a friend -- new or old -- to a list, navigate to that friend's profile page. Below their basic information is a Friends button with a check mark beside it. Tap this button and choose "Edit Friend Lists." Scroll through your friends lists and tap the ones you want to add your friend to, then click Done.

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User Rank: Apprentice
5/21/2015 | 3:12:20 PM
Uploading photos on facebook
When uploading photos from my iphone 5 to facebook, how do I stop the stream of comments and likes from previous posts on the new photos?  I would like to be able to only see comments and likes made on the photos I just newly uploaded.  Thanks!
User Rank: Apprentice
9/19/2014 | 11:55:17 PM
Re: Location privacy
hi kristin
thanks for this helpful thread
i have a problem with facebook app in iphone s4
before weeks i lost the ability to edit my posts .. on timeline and everywhere just on facebook app but if i open facebook in browser i can see the choice to edit but now only
edit privacy
hide from timeline
copy link to post
please help
User Rank: Apprentice
7/22/2014 | 5:01:00 AM
Re: Block groups from viewing timeline on iphone/iPad
Hi Kristin,

Thank you for your reply. I used to be able to post from my iPhone so that "Friends except [list]" were blocked. That is still the setting on my laptop, though it has now changed on the iPhone! Is there any way to sync the privacy ("Friends except [list]" blocked) back on the laptop and the iPhone?

Kristin Burnham
Kristin Burnham,
User Rank: Author
7/21/2014 | 8:01:29 PM
Re: Block groups from viewing timeline on iphone/iPad
I don't think you can set a default of "Friends except [list]" -- I think you can choose only from Public and Friends. You can set individual status updates differently, though. If your primary setting is set to Friends and you want to omit a specific list, type that in under "Custom." Facebook saves your latest setting, though, so remember that the next time you post (regardless of the device you post from) it will post only to your customized list unless you change it back. Hope that makes sense.
User Rank: Apprentice
7/12/2014 | 8:20:37 PM
Block groups from viewing timeline on iphone/iPad
Hi, I have managed to change the setting on Facebook on my computer. So now my timeline posts can be viewed by Friends except Named Group. I have added those people to Named Group who I would like to hide my Timeline from. This was the setting on my iphone/iPad as well but now my Timeline settings on the iphone/iPad have changed to except for Friends. I cannot change the setting on the iphone/iPad to Friends: Except Named Group but have to add the friends I want to block individually. Is there anyway to block the Named Group fr viewing timeline posts or do I need to add the friends separately? Thanks!
Kristin Burnham
Kristin Burnham,
User Rank: Author
12/10/2013 | 8:09:33 PM
Re: Location privacy
You can't prevent being tagged in an update or photo, but there is a setting that lets you review each of your tags before they appear on your profile.

To find this, go to your Privacy Settings page and click Timeline and Tagging on the left-side menu. Click Edit next to the second option, "Review posts friends tag you in before they appear on your timeline" to enable it.

On your mobile phone, the process is similar: Tap "More" on the bottom navigation, then tap the privacy button next to your name. Then tap More Settings > Timeline and Tagging > Review posts friends tag you in before they appear on your timeline.
Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn,
User Rank: Author
12/10/2013 | 4:14:59 PM
Re: Location privacy
Is there a way to prevent being tagged in any photo?
User Rank: Author
12/10/2013 | 2:43:30 PM
Location privacy
Your #2 tip re. location privacy is important. I am suprised how many people don't understand this. Readers, what other Facebook on iPhone mysteries baffle you?
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