Once you follow a personal account or page on Facebook, you’ll start seeing posts from that entity in your News Feed. It’s a great way to get updates from your favorite people or brands without being friends.
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Following vs. Friending on Facebook
Following someone and adding someone as a friend are two different things on Facebook.
When you follow someone, you don’t have to add them as a friend. You may see this entity’s posts and other content in your News Feed without being part of their friends list. This option is usually used to follow celebrities and pages you are interested in on this social platform.
The convention on Facebook is that when you add someone as a friend, chances are you know that person personally. You add people like your real friends, coworkers, and family as “friends” on Facebook.
Note that while Facebook allows you to have up to 5,000 friends at a time, there is no limit for subscribers. Also, remember that people and Pages can opt out of being tracked. In such cases, you will not see the “Follow” button on the pages of these entities on Facebook.
To follow a personal account on Facebook, all you have to do is visit that person’s profile page and click or tap an option. Here’s how to do it on desktop and mobile.
On your computer, launch a web browser and open Facebook. Log in to your account if you haven’t already. It’s easy to recover your Facebook password if you forgot it.
Once logged in, go to the profile page of the person you want to follow. On this page, in the list of tabs under the person’s name, click the three dots.
From the three-dot menu, choose “Follow”.
Point: Later, to unfollow that person, click “Follow” followed by “Unfollow” on the person’s profile page.
You are now following the selected person in your Facebook account. The person’s posts will appear in your News Feed.
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To follow someone from your phone or tablet, first launch the Facebook app on your mobile device. Next, open the profile page of the person you want to follow.
On the profile page, under the person’s name, tap the three dots.
In the “Profile Settings” menu, choose “Follow”.
Point: To unfollow this person in the future, tap “Next” followed by “Unfollow”.
And you are ready.
Following a page is as easy as doing it for a personal account.
On your desktop, launch a web browser and open Facebook. Log in to your account if necessary.
Next, open the page you want to follow. On the page screen, on the far right of the list of tabs, click on the three dots.
In the menu that opens, choose “Follow”.
Point: Later, to unfollow a page, visit the page, click on the three dots and choose “Follow settings”. Then activate “Unfollow this page” and click on “Update”.
Posts from the Page you chose will now appear in your News Feed. Enjoy it and make sure to clean up your News Feed so that page updates don’t get cluttered.
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On your mobile phone or tablet, launch the Facebook application. Navigate to the page to follow, then tap the three dots.
In the menu that appears, select “Follow”.
Point: To unfollow a page, tap the three dots and select “Manage following settings”. Then tap “Unfollow”.
You are now following your favorite page on Facebook.
If you want more control over your account, you can use the delete friends, mute and block options to keep people away from your profile on this platform. Check out our guides to learn how they work and how to use them.
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