How to modify your Facebook news feed

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 6, 2014
Updated • Jan 4, 2018
Companies, Facebook

I do have a Facebook account, but only use it sporadically to see what is going on. I'm not really active on the site, don't play games, don't use chat that often, and use it mostly to manage pages that I administrate.

Anyway, the Facebook news feed provides you with information that your friends post on the site. From status updates to pictures or questions, it is all there in chronological order.

The news feed does not display all information, likes or comments that friends posted on the site are for instance not included here. This is likely done to reduce the number of new items of the news feed. It is still possible to access those in the sidebar.

What many users of the social networking site may not know is that Facebook alters the news feed by default so that the information are not displayed in chronological order.

It can be configured in two ways. The first, called top stories, displays select news at the top. This is the default mode, and Facebook's algorithm selects stories based on likes, comments and other factors such as the type of post or the friend who posted the news automatically.

You can switch that to recent stories, which is a true chronological account of new stories posted by your Facebook friends.

The option to do so is displayed right on the news feed page, but it is not highlighted in any way which means that it can be easily ignored.

facebook news feed

Here is what you need to do:

Open your news feed on the website. You see a small down arrow icon next to news feed in the sidebar. Click on that, and select most recent from the context menu.

This switches to a chronological display of stories on the site. Once you have made the switch, you a back to top stories link is displayed at the top at all times that you can use to switch back to top stories.

Friends news feeds


There is another option to change what is being displayed to you on your news feed. This one uses friend groups. You find the friends listing in the left sidebar, and when you click on it, you are taken to a page that lists all groups that are available to you. Most are created by Facebook automatically based on information such as your location or relationships.

You can create your own friends group if you want, for instance all friends from school or work, and display those special news feeds on Facebook.

You can add groups to the favorites so that they are displayed on the left sidebar directly. To do so click on the edit icon on the right side on the friends page and select the add to favorites option there.


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  1. The Dark Lady said on July 9, 2023 at 11:19 am

    Martin, I would appreciate that you do not censor this post, as it’s informative writing.

    Onur, there is a misleading statement “[…] GIFs are animated images …”. No, obviously you don’t seem to have take much notice of what you were told back in March regarding; Graphics Interchange Format (GIF).

    For example, (if you had read my replies within that thread, you might have learnt something useful). I even mentioned, “GIF intrinsically supports animated images (GIF89a)”.

    You linked to said article, [Related: …] within this article, but have somehow failed to take onboard what support you were given by several more knowledgeable people.

    If you used AI to help write this article, it has failed miserably.

  2. KeZa said on August 17, 2023 at 5:58 pm

    AI is stupid, and it will not get any better if we really know how this all works. Prove me wrong..

  3. Database failure said on August 18, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    Martin, [#comment-4569908] is only meant to be in: []. Whereas it appears duplicated in several recent random low-quality non relevant articles.

    Obviously it [#comment-4569908] was posted: 9 July 2023. Long before this thread even existed… your database is falling over. Those comments are supposed to have unique ID values. It shouldn’t be possible to duplicate the post ID, if the database had referential integrity.

  4. Howard Pearce said on August 25, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    Don’t tell me!

    Ghacks wants the state to step in for STATE-MANDATED associations to save jobs!!!

    Bring in the dictatorship!!!

    And screw Rreedom of Association – too radical for Ghacks maybe

  5. Howard Allan Pearce said on September 7, 2023 at 9:13 am

    GateKeeper ?

    That’s called “appointing” businesses to do the state’s dirty work!!!!!

    But the article says itself that those appointed were not happy – implying they had not choice!!!!!!

  6. owl said on September 7, 2023 at 9:50 am

    @The Dark Lady,
    @Database failure,
    @Howard Pearce,
    @Howard Allan Pearce,

    Note: I replaced the quoted URI scheme: https:// with “>>” and posted.

    The current is owned by “Softonic International S.A.” (sold by Martin in October 2019), and due to the fate of M&A, has changed in quality.
    Many Authors of bloggers and advertisers certified by Softonic have joined the site, and the site is full of articles aimed at advertising and clickbait.
    As it stands, except for articles by Martin Brinkmann, Mike Turcotte, and Ashwin, they are low quality, unhelpful, and even vicious. It is better not to read those articles.
    How to display only articles by a specific author:
    Added line to My filters in uBlock Origin:,.home-posts,.home-category-post:not(:has-text(/Martin Brinkmann|Mike Turcotte|Ashwin/))

    By the way, if you use an RSS reader, you can track exactly where your comments are (I’m an iPad user, so I use “Feedly Classic”, but for Windows I prefer the desktop app “RSS Guard”).
    RSS Guard: Feed reader which supports RSS/ATOM/JSON and many web-based feed services.

  7. Anonymous said on September 14, 2023 at 6:41 pm

    We all live in digital surveillance glass houses under scrutiny of evil people because of people like Musk. It’s only fair that he takes his turn.

  8. Anonymous said on September 18, 2023 at 1:31 pm

    “Operating systems will be required to let the user choose the browser, virtual assistant and search engine of their choice. Microsoft cannot force users to use Bing or Edge. Apple will have to open up its iOS operating system to allow third-party app stores, aka allow sideloading of apps. Google, on the other hand, will need to provide users with the ability to uninstall preloaded apps (bloatware) from Android devices. Online services will need to allow users to unsubscribe from their platform easily. Gatekeepers need to provide interoperability with third-parties that offer similar services.”

    Wonderful ! Let’s hope they’ll comply with that law more than they are doing with the GDPR.

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