Facebook and Location

Setup
This feature is only available in the Facebook app for iPhone and Android devices. Learn more about how Location Settings work.
To turn Location Services on or off for your Android device:
  1. Go to your device's home screen.
  2. Tap Settings, then tap Apps.
  3. Scroll through the list of apps and tap Facebook.
  4. Tap Permissions, then next to Location, tap to turn Location Services on or off.
To turn Location Services on or off for your iOS device:
  1. Go to your device's home screen.
  2. Tap Settings, then tap Privacy.
  3. Tap Location Services and tap next to Location Services to turn on or off.
When Location Services is turned on for your iOS device, you can control when you allow Facebook to access your location by scrolling through the list of apps listed in Location Services, tapping Facebook and selecting Always, While Using the App, Ask Next Time or Never.
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Learn more about Facebook's Location Settings:
Learn more about your iOS Location Settings

What is Location Services?
Location Services is a setting on your phone or other mobile device. You have the option to set Location Services to Always, While Using or Never.
When on, Location Services helps Facebook provide you with location features, including allowing you to post content that's tagged with your location, get more relevant ads, find places and Wi-Fi nearby and use Nearby Friends.
You can turn off Location Services at any time. When Location Services is turned off for this device, Facebook won't add new information to your Location History from this device, even if Location History is turned on.
What is Location History?
Location History is a setting that allows Facebook to build a history of precise locations received through Location Services on your devices. When Location History is on, Facebook will add your current precise location to your Location History either While Using the app or Always depending on which Location Services setting you choose.
You can turn off Location History at any time in your Location Settings on the app. When Location History is turned off, Facebook will stop adding new information to your Location History, which you can view in your Location Settings. You may still share your precise location when you use our products. For example, we may receive and store location data when you check-in, RSVP as attending an event or post photos that include location information.
You can also delete your previously recorded precise locations from your Location History. Remember that only you can see your Location History.
Location History helps you explore what's around you, get more relevant ads, and helps improve Facebook. Location History must be turned on for some location features to work on Facebook, including Nearby Friends and Find Wi-Fi.
Learn more about your Location information
When Location Services and Location History are turned off, we may still understand your location using things like check-ins, events and information about your internet connection. We use this information to provide more relevant and personalized experiences, protect your account, and provide better ads. Visit Privacy Basics to learn more about your location information.
Learn more about your Android Location Settings

What is Location Services?
Location Services, sometimes called Location Access, is a setting on your phone or other mobile device. Location Services helps Facebook provide you with location features, including allowing you to post content that's tagged with your location, get more relevant ads, find places and Wi-Fi nearby and use Nearby Friends.
You can turn off Location Services at any time. When Location Services is turned off for this device, Facebook won't add new information to your Location History from this device, even if Location History is turned on.
What is Background Location?
When Location Services is on, you can choose to turn Background Location on or off. Background Location allows Facebook to access this device's precise location when you're not using the app. You can turn off Background Location in Location Settings for each of your Android devices.
Background Location helps you explore what's around you, get more relevant ads and helps improve Facebook. Background Location must be turned on for some location features to work on Facebook, including Nearby Friends and Find Wi-Fi.
What is Location History?
Location History is a setting that allows Facebook to build a history of precise locations received through Location Services on your devices. When Location History is on, Facebook will add your current precise location to your Location History either when you're using the app or continuously if you've turned on Background Location.
You can turn off Location History at any time in your Location Settings on the app. When Location History is turned off, Facebook will stop adding new information to your Location History, which you can view in your Location Settings. You may still share your precise location when you use our products. For example, we may receive and store location data when you check-in, RSVP as attending an event or post photos that include location information.
You can also delete your previously recorded precise locations from your Location History. Remember that only you can see your Location History.
Location History helps you explore what's around you, get more relevant ads and helps improve Facebook. Location History must be turned on for some location features to work on Facebook, including Nearby Friends and Find Wi-Fi.
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Location History is only available in the Facebook for iOS and Android apps. Your Location History is private and you can manage or delete it at any time. Learn more about how Location Settings work.
Manage your Location History through Location Settings in the Facebook for iOS app:
  1. Tap in the bottom right of Facebook.
  2. Tap Settings & Privacy, then tap Privacy Shortcuts.
  3. Tap Manage your location settings.
  4. You can turn your Location History on or off by pressing . You can view and explore your Location History by tapping View your Location History. You may be asked to re-enter your account password.
To delete your Location History in the Facebook for iOS app:
  1. Tap in the bottom right of Facebook.
  2. Tap Settings & Privacy, then tap Privacy Shortcuts.
  3. Tap Manage your location settings.
  4. Tap View your Location History. You may be asked to re-enter your account password.
  5. Tap in the top right and then choose Delete this day or Delete all Location History. Follow the steps to confirm that you would like to delete your Location History by tapping Delete this day or Delete all Location History again.
Manage your Location History through Location Settings in the Facebook for Android app:
  1. Tap More in the top right of Facebook.
  2. Tap Settings & Privacy, then tap Privacy Shortcuts.
  3. Tap Manage your location settings.
  4. Tap View your Location History. You may be asked to re-enter your account password.
  5. You can turn your Location History on or off by pressing . You can view and explore your Location History by tapping View your Location History. You may be asked to re-enter your account password.
To delete your Location History in the Facebook for Android app:
  1. Tap More in the top right of Facebook.
  2. Tap Settings & Privacy, then tap Privacy Shortcuts.
  3. Tap Manage your location settings.
  4. Tap View your Location History. You may be asked to re-enter your account password.
  5. Tap in the top right and then choose Delete this day or Delete all Location History, then tap OK.
Note: Location History must be turned on for some location features to work on Facebook, like Find Wi-Fi and Nearby Friends.
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Adding or Sharing Your Location
To check into a nearby location or add your location to a post on your computer:
  1. Scroll to the top of your News Feed and click the text next to your profile picture.
  2. Click and select a location from the list below or search for a location.
  3. You can also: Tag friends, Add a photo, or Add how you're feeling or what you're doing.
  4. Select an audience for your post.
  5. Click Post.
Note: If the post you're tagged in is shared with Public, then the people who manage the location's Page will be able to see it. If the post is shared with an audience other than Public, then the post isn't shared with the Page's managers.
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To add your location to an existing Facebook post on a computer:
  1. Click your profile picture in the top right of Facebook.
  2. Scroll down to the post and click in the top right corner of the post.
  3. Click Edit post.
  4. Click in the bottom right, then click Check In.
  5. Click Where are you? to search for a location, or select a location from the list below.
  6. Click Save.
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You can only edit or remove a location on your own post.
To edit your location on a post:
  1. Go to the post.
  2. Click and select Edit post.
  3. Click and enter a new location.
  4. Click Save.
To remove your location on a post:
  1. Go to the post.
  2. Click and select Edit post.
  3. Click and then click [Your Location] to remove your current location.
  4. Click Save.
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What's Nearby
Find Wi-Fi is currently available in the Facebook app for iOS and Android devices.
To find free and public Wi-Fi on an iOS device:
  1. Set your location access to Always. Learn more about how Location Settings work.
  2. Tap in the bottom right of Facebook.
  3. Tap Settings & Privacy.
  4. Tap Privacy Shortcuts, then tap Manage your location settings.
  5. Tap Find Wi-Fi, then tap Enable Find Wi-Fi. Enabling Find Wi-Fi will also turn on Location History.
To find free and public Wi-Fi on an Android device:
  1. Turn Location History and Background Location on. Learn more about how Location Settings work.
  2. Tap More in the top right of Facebook.
  3. Tap Settings & Privacy, then tap Privacy Shortcuts.
  4. Tap Manage your location settings.
  5. Tap Find Wi-Fi, then tap Enable Find Wi-Fi. Enabling Find Wi-Fi will also turn on Location History and Background Location.
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This feature is only available on iOS and Android devices. Learn more about how Location Settings work.
Nearby Friends lets you and your friends share your locations with each other. When you turn on Nearby Friends, you are also turning Location History. Location History must be turned on for some location features, like Nearby Friends, to work on Facebook.
To turn Nearby Friends on or off using the Facebook for Android app:
  1. Turn on Location Services and Background Location. Learn more about how Location Settings work.
  2. Tap in the top right.
  3. TapNearby Friends.
  4. Tapnext to your name to turn Nearby Friends on.
  5. Tap next to your name to pause or turn off Nearby Friends.
To turn Nearby Friends on or off using the Facebook app for iOS devices:
  1. Turn on Location Services and set location access to Always. Learn more about how Location Settings work.
  2. Tap in the bottom right.
  3. TapNearby Friends. You may need to tap See More first.
  4. Tap next to your name in the top right.
  5. SelectSettings.
  6. Tap to turn Nearby Friends on, or tap to turn it off.
Learn how to turn push notifications on or off for Nearby Friends. If you’d like to give feedback on Nearby Friends, let us know.
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