How to Do an Advanced Search on Facebook

With well over 2.5 billion active monthly users in 2020, Facebook remainsthe most popular social media platform in the world. With that in mind, chancesare most of your friends and family have a Facebook account, if not an aviduser.

Considering how commonplace Facebook is, searching for people, posts, orphotos might prove difficult at times. When you do a basic search in the app,you’ll probably get a ton of results. This is when you want to use Facebook’sadvanced search filters to get the results you’re looking for.

How to Do an Advanced Search onFacebook on a PC Browser

Accessing Facebook’s advanced search options in a PC browser is prettysimple.

  1. Step 1

    Open a web browser on your computer and go to https://www.facebook.com.
  2. Step 2

    When the Facebook page opens, you’ll see the Facebook search box in the top left corner.
  3. Step 3

    Type anything in the search box and hit Enter on your keyboard.
  4. Step 4

    Now the advanced search page opens, giving you access to 11 search categories in the menu to the left:
    1. Posts – Look for your friends’ posts or those mentioning your friends.
    2. Step 5

      People – Find people based on location, education, or workplace.
    3. Step 6

      Photos – Search for photos by type, location, year, or even person (the poster).
    4. Step 7

      Videos – Look for videos by the date, location, or whether it’s an FB live.
    5. Step 8

      Marketplace – This category allows you to search for products that are available on Facebook’s market. Please note that not all users can access this option, depending on the marketplace’s availability in your country
    6. Step 9

      Pages – Use various filters to narrow down specific pages. For example, you can search for products or business pages and also stores from which you can purchase products and services.
    7. Step 10

      Places – Here you can look for places like restaurants, clubs, takeout places, and more. You also get a map of your location for more convenient searching.
    8. Step 11

      Groups – Narrow down groups by location, private or public status, and your membership status.
    9. Step 12

      Apps – This category doesn’t have any detailed filters.
    10. Step 13

      Events – Choose if you’re looking for an online or physical event. Set the location, set how many days in the future you’d like to search, and define what kind of event you’re looking for. Finally, you can select if you’re looking for a family-friendly event and if it’s popular with your friends.
    11. Step 14

      Links – Just like the “Apps” category, this one doesn’t have additional filters.

Each of these has an additional set of search options, helping you definethe results further. To show you how this works, let’s use Posts and People asan example.

Searching for Posts

When looking for a specific post that someone added to their wall, itmight prove time-consuming to scroll through all of their posts. That’s wherethe Posts category can prove extremely useful.

  1. Step 1

    Open Facebook’s search page as explained above.
  2. Step 2

    In the search bar, enter the name of the person whose post you’re looking for and hit Enter on your keyboard.
    One thing to note here is that when you’re typing someone’s name, don’t click the suggestion that appears beneath the search bar. If you do that, it will take you to that person’s profile page.
  3. Step 3

    Click Posts from the menu to the left.
  4. Step 4

    Now the Posts category will expand, revealing additional search options:
    1. Posts You’ve Seen – Toggle this to on or off.
    2. Step 5

      Date Posted – This drop-down menu allows you to choose the year when the post appeared.
    3. Step 6

      Posts From – Select either You, Your Friends, Your Groups and Pages, or Public Posts.
    4. Step 7

      Tagged Location – To narrow down the location mentioned, enter the name of the city.
  5. Step 8

    As you select the options above, you’ll see the search results automatically refresh in the main portion of the screen.

Searching for People

To search for people, click the “People” category in the left menu. This filter provides four options as well:

  1. Step 1

    Friends of Friends – If you set this toggle to on, the results will show only your friends’ friends (but not yours). This is pretty useful when looking for someone with a common name that you’re sure to be a friend of your friends.
  2. Step 2

    City – If the person has disclosed their city, this will help you find them.
  3. Step 3

    Education – Just like with the city, this will work only if the person has specified their school for the Facebook profile.
  4. Step 4

    Work – Like City and Education but for the workplace.

The rest of the categories work similarly to Posts and People with thecorresponding filters.

How to Do an Advanced Search on theFacebook Android App

Just like Facebook on a browser, the mobile app for Android also has advanced search.

  1. Step 1

    Open the Facebook mobile app on your device.
  2. Step 2

    Tap the “Search” icon in the top right corner of the app (magnifying glass).
  3. Step 3

    Enter some text into the search bar.
  4. Step 4

    The advanced search page opens, allowing you to choose various categories to narrow down the search results. These are the same as in the browser version of Facebook. The only difference is that the mobile app arranges them into tabs. To access all of them, simply drag the tabs left and right.
  5. Step 5

    Now type in someone’s name into the search box.
  6. Step 6

    Next, tap one of the categories. Notice that the “Options” icon will appear in the top right corner of the screen.
  7. Step 7

    Tap the “Options” icon to reveal additional filters for each category.
  8. Step 8

    Set your filters and the relevant results will appear in the main portion of the screen.

For example, when you tap the “Photos” category, the options menu allowsyou to set the following parameters:

  1. Step 1

    Posted by – Here you can choose Anyone, You, Your friends, or Your friends and groups.
  2. Step 2

    Tagged location – Either choose “Anywhere” to look for all available locations or use the in-menu search to find a specific city.
  3. Step 3

    Date posted – Although this option has “date” in its name, you won’t be able to choose months or days but rather only years.

To learn more about how the “Posts” and “People” search categories work,check the section above.

How to Do an Advanced Search on theFacebook iPhone App

Similar to the Android app, the iOS Facebook app on iOS has the same set of advanced search options. The app is available for download in Apple’s App Store.

To access the advanced search, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Facebook app onyour iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the magnifying glassicon in the top right corner of the screen.
  3. In the search box, enteranything to access the advanced search options.
  4. Now you’ll see tabs forvarious categories. Since the screen is not as wide as in the browser version,you’ll have to drag the tabs left and right to access the rest of the categories.
  5. Enter the criteria that youwant to search for in the search box.
  6. Tap one of the tabs you’dlike to use.
  7. In the top right corner ofthe screen now you’ll see the options icon. Tap it to set the filter options.
  8. Set your options and thesearch results below will refresh, providing you with the relevant results.

Advanced Facebook Search Done Easily

Now that you know how to do an advanced search on Facebook, you caneasily find people, posts, and even items on the Facebook marketplace. Whetheryou’re using a browser or mobile app, this search allows you to use variousfilters to narrow down the results.

Do you find Facebook’s advanced search good enough? Have you managed tofind what you were looking for? Please share your experiences in the commentssection below.

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