How Search Works
To search for something:
- Click the search bar at the top of any page on Facebook.
- Enter what you're looking for and choose from the results.
When typing something, you may see predictions for what you're looking for. If you see what you're looking for in these predictions, click it to save time searching.
To filter your search results:
- Type something into the search bar at the top of any Facebook page or select a search prediction.
- Click a filter at the top (example: People, Photos) to narrow your search.
To use keywords in search:
Search supports keyword searches to help you find what you're looking for on Facebook. When you start searching with keywords (example: Caroline wedding or cookie recipe Lisa) you'll see results that you can filter.
You can also select one of the predicted searches to see a full list of search options for that prediction.
Facebook search results are based on your Facebook activity. Facebook search results aren't influenced by activity off Facebook.
You can search for people, posts, photos, videos, places, Pages, groups, apps, links, events and more on Facebook. Start searching with keywords (example: Caroline wedding) and you'll see a list of results that you can filter. If you need some ideas, you can try some of these searches:
John Smith Chicago pizza
Cookie recipe Lisa
Hawaii hotelYou can also combine phrases together, or add things like locations, times, likes and interests to get more specific (example: friends who live in San Francisco).
Keep in mind that Facebook search results are ranked based on a combination of your activity on Facebook and that of the Facebook community in general. What appears in search results is content that was posted directly on Facebook.
You can search for people, posts, photos, videos, places, Pages, groups, apps, links, events and more on Facebook. Facebook search results are based on your Facebook activity. Facebook search results aren't influenced by activity off Facebook.
Your unique Facebook search results are based on Facebook activity such as:
- What you're able to see on Facebook, including what your friends share with you.
- Posts from your friends.
- Places where you've been tagged or places similar to those places.
- Things you like (example: Pages you follow or interests indicated on your profile).
- Groups you've joined.
- Events you've liked or are interested in.
- Previous searches you've done.
- Content you've interacted with in News Feed.
Your Facebook search results are also based on Facebook community activity including:
- Popularity of content for a particular search term.
- How recently something was posted.
You may see results from people you're not friends with because you're in the audience for the post. Keep in mind that public posts can be seen by anyone, including people outside of Facebook.
No, the list that appears when you enter something in the search bar isn't your search history. It's a list of relevant predicted results for your search query based on popular searches on Facebook, commonly known as search predictions.
Search predictions help you find the information most relevant to you. The predictions you see are based on multiple factors, like your connections and activity on Facebook, and how popular the search term is.
Your Search Settings
Facebook takes privacy concerns seriously, including when it comes to your search activity.
Everyone, except people you've blocked, can search for you and click on your profile, but what they can see about you in search results depends on what's shared with them.
Search results respect your privacy settings, whether it's info you’ve shared or posts with tags of you that others have shared. You can adjust what others can see on your profile and timeline, and who can see the things you share.
Keep in mind that posts and photos you've hidden on your timeline are still visible to the audience they're shared with in other places on Facebook, like News Feed and search. Learn more about how you can control what people will see on your profile and timeline.
Facebook search respects privacy settings, which means people can search for info about you that they can see on Facebook, based on what's been shared with them.
Content that isn't shared publicly is searchable only if you're directly connected to that content. For example, if someone you're not friends with posts and shares to friends only, then you won't see their post in your Facebook search results. Learn more about clearing your Facebook search history.
To manage what others may see about you:
- Use the audience selector to choose who can see things you share.
- Go to the About section on your profile to view and manage basic info about yourself.
Learn more about what other people can see when they search for you in privacy basics.
The people you choose to share things with (example: status updates, photos, likes) may see these things in search results.
For example, things you post publicly may show up in search results for anyone, things you share with friends may show up in search results for your friends and so on. Keep in mind that if you share your phone number or email in a post, people may be able to search for your post using your email or phone number.
Your photos and the photos you're tagged in are visible to:
- The audience they're shared with.
- The people tagged in the photo.
- Friends that the people tagged choose to add to the audience.
To adjust who can see photos you've uploaded, change the audience or remove them. If you've been tagged in a photo you don't like, you can remove the tag or ask the person to take it down.
Keep in mind, photos and posts hidden from your timeline are still visible to these people other places on Facebook, such as in News Feed and search. To see and review posts you've hidden from your timeline, go to your activity log.
If you can't find someone using Facebook search, it may be because:
- Your search isn't specific enough. For example, there could be hundreds of people named “Jane Doe” on Facebook. Try searching for their name and location to be more specific.
- You've blocked them.
- The person you're looking for may have limited their privacy settings or blocked you. Sometimes people forget that they've limited their settings. If you still can't find one of your friends, ask them to look at their privacy settings.
If someone can't find you using facebook search, it may be because:
- You've blocked someone. If you block someone, they won't be able to find you in search. If you want that person to be able to find you, you can unblock them.