Search Basics
Using the Search Bar
To search for something:
  1. Click the search bar at the top of any page on Facebook
  2. Enter what you're looking for and choose from the results
When typing something, you may see predictions for what you're looking for. If you see what you're looking for in these predictions, click it to save time searching.
Searching with keywords is available to people using Facebook in English on a computer or a smart phone or tablet.
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You can search for people, posts, photos, places, Pages, Groups, apps and events on Facebook. Start searching with keywords (ex: Caroline wedding) and you'll see a list of results.
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Searching for posts is available to people using Facebook in English on a computer or a smart phone or tablet.
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No, the list that appears when you enter something in the search bar isn't your search history. It's a list of relevant suggested results, commonly known as a search typeahead. You can view your past searches in your activity log.
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This feature is available to people using Facebook in English on a computer or a smart phone or tablet.
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Search Results
Facebook search respects privacy settings, which means people can search for info about you that they can see on Facebook, based on what's been shared with them.
There's 3 ways you can manage what others may see about you:
  • Use the audience selector to choose who can see things you share
  • Visit your activity log to see and review things you've hidden from your timeline
  • Go to the About page on your profile to view and manage basic info about yourself
Keep in mind that your privacy choices determine what your friends see when they search. For example, any posts that you've shared with your friends can only be found by them.
Learn more about what other people can see when they search for you in privacy basics.
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You see unique search results based on:
  • Your connections to people, places, things.
  • What you're able to see on Facebook, including what your friends share with you.
  • Your friends, connections and interests, which affect the order of your results.
  • People's privacy settings. For example, if you search "photo Paris," you may see photos your friends took and shared with you first.
You may see results from people you're not friends with because you're part of the audience for the post. Keep in mind that public posts can be seen by anyone, including people outside of Facebook.
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Troubleshooting
Searching for posts is available to people using Facebook in English on a computer, iOS or Android device.
Keep in mind that even if you can't search for posts yet, you may still show up in results for people who already have it. Learn more about managing what people can search about you.
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