Facebook’s 20th birthday is just around the corner. And guess what? They’re still rolling out new features. Until recently, there wasn’t a way to keep track of the links you clicked on Facebook. Not a major issue, but Facebook decided to change that. Today, they’ve introduced us to the link history feature.
So, what’s this link history feature all about? The Facebook help page gives us a simple explanation. When you check your history page, you’ll see a log of the links you’ve clicked. Basically, you can see all the links you’ve recently visited on the app.
Now, not having a link history isn’t a big deal for most. People usually hop onto Facebook to catch up with friends or update their status, not to surf the web. So, a link history feature isn’t as vital for Facebook as it is for Google Chrome or Safari.
But, let’s not dismiss this feature as useless. If you’re a regular on Facebook, you’re likely to open a few links before logging off. Trying to find those links again in a constantly changing feed? Almost impossible. So, if you find a link that sparks your interest, you’ll have a way to find it again.
There are a few things to keep in mind about Facebook link history. First, this feature is still in the rollout phase. You might not see it yet. It might not be available in your area. If you don’t see it, just be patient and check back occasionally.
Planning on looking for a link you visited a while ago? You might be out of luck. This feature only saves your history from the past 30 days. So, if you find a great link, you’ve got a month to revisit it.
Not everyone’s going to love this feature. If you’re one of them, you can disable it. Just remember, this feature will be enabled by default. If you’re not a fan, we’ll explain how to disable it later in the article.
One thing to note: Facebook will use the links in your history to fine-tune its ads for you. So, this is another way for the company to gather information on you to target its ads. This might motivate more people to disable this feature.
Finally, Facebook link history is only for people using the mobile app on Android and iOS.
Disabling Facebook link history is pretty straightforward. First, tap on the three-dot menu at the top right of the screen. Then, tap on the Go to Settings button. You’ll see a list of services and features that you can enable/disable. Look for the Allow link history option. Tap on the switch next to it to turn it off. You’ll then get a confirmation popup.
Once you disable it, your link history up to that point will be deleted. So, make sure you save any links that you don’t want to lose.