Facebook is the world’s greatest social network. With the official app you can update your statuses, share photos and videos, read your feed and react to other users’ posts, and participate in communities. There are Facebook apps for iOS and Android, with the same functionality.
The home page of Facebook shows you your current feed, with photos and videos. You can play these videos, browse pictures, read posts, and react to them. So far there are seven various reactions, from the regular thumb up to “Sad”, “Care”, or “Love”. In addition, you can comment on posts and reply to other users’ comments.
There are special tabs for videos (both on-air and records) and group activity. A dedicated tab shows you notifications about all the activity that concerns you: reactions and replies to your posts, replies to your comments, news from the users and pages you’re subscribed to, and notifications from Facebook itself.
There are deeper features for socializing on Facebook: you can watch a video together with your friends, and it will be synced automatically. You can share posts you consider interesting. You can mention others in your posts or detect their faces on photos.
In the web version, you can read private messages and send them, make voice and video calls. Facebook app has this functionality ditched. You’ll need a standalone Messenger app with the same account to enjoy private communication on Facebook. There are also other standalone apps by Facebook for special purposes, like advertising, analytics, locating businesses around, studying, and so on. So, in addition to this core app, you can install the extras you really need.
The mobile app is compatible with Android (the version varies, but generally it’s 4.4 and above) and iOS 10.0 or later. Its system requirements (or rather appetites) are rather high, though, and an old device that formally can handle it may in fact be too weak. So if you need the full functionality of the app, you better select a fresher one. It’s really heavy, and as it stores cash, it can be a heavy storage eater.
Some features are specific for mobile devices. For example, you can take a 360-degree photo and publish it if your camera allows for that, or see other users’ panoramic photos by just moving your phone. Location services enable you to see nearby friends or share your own location. If you want to log in to some third-party service that supports Facebook login, the app can be used to confirm your authorization.
- Almost full Facebook functionality;
- Specific features for smartphones;
- Video, photo and other media integration;
- Can be used to authorize within other apps.
- No built-in Messenger;
- System requirements are rather high;
- Cache can grow big enough to slow down your device.