How To Find & View Facebook Memories

Facebook has completely changed how we look at and use social network platforms. Many features were introduced over the years, and Facebook Memories is one of them.

The feature allows you to view some posts, photos, and moments from before. You can easily find all the special moments dating back to the point when you created your profile. The memories are sorted into four categories, so you can find what you need easier. Read on to learn how to see your memories on Facebook.

Memories in Sections

Facebook has divided all of your memories into four different sections:

  • On This Day
  • Friends Made on This Day
  • Recaps of Memories
  • Memories You May Have Missed

Each section has different memories you can share with friends and people that mean something to you. Let’s take a closer look at what each section means.

See Memories on Facebook

On This Day Memories

The content in this category will remind you of the important moments that happened on a specific day. The memories date back to the year when you created your profile. Some dates won’t have any memories to show, while others could contain several memories. It’s the easiest way of remembering what happened on a specific date.

Friends Made On This Day

Facebook will remind you of the days you made friends on the platform. You can keep track of the dates when you became friends with the people you love, and Facebook even creates a video or a photo collage with the memories you shared over time. It’s a great way of reminding yourself of some past events that changed your life.

Recaps of Memories

Memory recaps show you the recaps of memories that happened in a month or a season. You can view them as a short video or a message. Again, the feature allows you to look back at all of the moments that meant something to you and your friends.

Memories You May Have Missed

If you don’t like to check your memories all the time, this section will let you know everything you’ve missed from the past week.

How to Access Facebook Memories

The Facebook Memories feature was last updated in 2018. You can check your memories at any time by clicking the Memories bookmark to the left of your news feed. Here is how to access your memories on Facebook:

  1. Open the app or the official Facebook webpage.
  2. Extend the Explore tab to see the Memories bookmark.
  3. The memories that happened on that day will appear in the feed.

If you’re using the Facebook mobile app, follow these steps to find your Memories:

  1. Open the mobile app and tap on the three horizontal lines (iOS users will find this in the bottom right).
  2. Tap on Memories.

Here, you will see your Memories.

Finding Specific Memories

There is another way to find some special moments from the past, regardless of the day. It will take a little more effort, but you can find anything and everything that happened on Facebook. If you want to find a specific post or memory from years back, here is how to do it:

  1. Open the app or the official Facebook webpage.
  2. Write a date, keyword, or name in the search bar at the top.
  3. Select Posts.
  4. To see your previous posts, click You.

You can look for a specific post or a group. You can also find content posted by other people, including your friends and groups you’ve joined.

Updating Your Preferences

If you want to find something you’ve posted yourself, it is best to look through the “Date Posted” tab. There, you can cycle through your entire posting history on Facebook, dating to the day you made your profile. You will be amazed at what you can find in your old posts from five or even ten years ago. Some things are better left in the past, so be careful when viewing your old Facebook memories. Here is how to filter memories based on dates.

Facebook Memories
  1. Open the Facebook Memories tab.
  2. Click on Hide Dates and then Add New Date Range.
  3. Select the start date and the end date of the memories you want to hide.
  4. Click Save, and all your selected memories will not appear in the feed.

Finding a Post Using the Activity Log

If you’re looking for a specific post or memory, you can search your Activity Log. You can access your Activity log via a web browser or the Facebook Mobile App.

Here’s how to use your Activity Log to find a specific post on a web browser:

  1. Open Facebook and log in. Click on your Profile icon in the upper right corner. Then, tap on Settings & Privacy.
  2. Click on Activity Log.
  3. Select one of the options on the left. You can select Posts. Then, you can select pictures, videos, texts, and more.
  4. You can also use one of the options under Filters to search by Date, People, or Audience.

You can use the Activity Log to find posts you’ve interacted with and comments too!

If you’re using the mobile app version of Facebook, you can find your Activity Log by following these steps:

  1. Open the Facebook Mobile app and head to your profile. Then, tap on the three-dot icon to the right of Edit profile.
  2. Tap on Activity Log.

Now, you can filter using the same options above to find the post you are looking for quickly.

Frequently Asked Questions

This section includes more answers to questions you may have about Facebook Memories.

Can I delete my memories?

Yes, but unfortunately, only one at a time. When an old post pops up that you wish you would’ve deleted, simply click on the three horizontal dots in the upper right-hand corner and click to delete the post.

Why am I only seeing some memories?

Next to preferences, check your Notifications options. A drop-down menu will appear; click ‘All Memories’ if ‘Highlights’ or ‘None’ are checked.

Share Your Finds with Old Friends

Sometimes, life separates friends. Time flies by quickly, and people come and go. It’s easy to forget about a person if you haven’t stayed in touch for years, and that’s where Facebook memories make the biggest difference.

You will sometimes be reminded of people or events you have completely forgotten about. The memories will take you back to that exact moment, giving you a reason to reconnect with an old friend so you can continue where you stopped.

8 thoughts on “How To Find & View Facebook Memories”

John says:
Thank you :*
Jacklyn says:
I am trying to access an old Facebook Memory and not the current one. I believe I might have been tagged but not sure. It popped up on my memory the other day and now I can’t seem to access it. I’ve tried to do You Tube but they all just show you current. I know this was never on my timeline.
Kate says:
How can I see what came up in yesterday’s memories, my setting was highlights only, and I do not have original posting date
Leigh says:
Hi Kate, I had the same problem a memory came up 5 days ago and I wanted to repost it but lost it. This guys remedy did not work because when you go to edit preferences under “memories” it only allowes you to “block out” a certain date or time period, not SEE it.
Anyway I figured out how to see past posts. On your own fb page, not “home” but your name, there is a “MANAGE POSTS” on the right side under your picture. Click that and on the left side is a “Date Posted” you put in a year and you can go back thru the months to find what you are looking for. It goes from december back. That way you can easily go thru a year to find what you are looking for. You already know it was September, just go back thru the years. Hope that helps.
Danny Crossley says:
Leigh: Thanks for that. I was searching for a post with a photo I’d made on 4 Mar 2014. I couldn’t remember what I’d typed to go with the photo. I tried some keywords and nothing showed up. I tried the date and it still didn’t show up, in my Activity Log or in any other search box. Eventually, all I could do was download all my data from Facebook, open the index page for it, click on Posts and search the web page that came up, in the regular way.

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