Getting Started with Facebook

If you are just getting started with Facebook, learn all about creating a page, using the Facebook login feature, and more.

Introduction

If you're thinking about joining Facebook, this lesson will show you everything you need to get started. We'll explain some common Facebook terms and how to create a Facebook account. We'll also explore the Facebook homepage, Timeline, and Facebook for mobile devices.

Watch the video below to learn more about getting started with Facebook.

Common Facebook terms

Friends? Likes? Status updates? If you're new to Facebook, there are a lot of terms and phrases that may seem a little confusing at first. Reviewing some of the most commonly used terms will give you a better understanding of how Facebook works and what to expect as you get started.

Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn about some common terms on Facebook.

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Creating a Facebook account

Before you can use Facebook, you must create an account. Creating a Facebook account is free. All you need to get started is an email address and a few minutes of your time.

To create a Facebook account:

  1. Navigate to www.facebook.com in your web browser.
  2. Under the words Sign Up, enter your personal information and desired password, then click Sign Up.
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  3. The Welcome to Facebook page will appear. From here, you'll be able to search for people you know on Facebook, learn more about your privacy settings, and upload a profile picture.
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Before you can access all of Facebook's features, you'll need to confirm your email address. To do this, sign in to your email account, open the confirmation message from Facebook, and click Confirm Your Account.

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Exploring Facebook

Once you create your account, you'll want to spend a little time becoming familiar with the different parts of Facebook, including the homepage and the Timeline.

The homepage

The homepage appears whenever you sign in to Facebook. The homepage displays your News Feed, which shows the things your friends have shared on Facebook. The homepage also allows you to navigate to other parts of Facebook, such as your Timeline.

Click the buttons in the interactive below to become more familiar with the homepage.

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The Timeline

The Timeline (also called your profile page) is where you'll share information about yourself. Whenever you post an update, it appears on your Timeline. Your friends can also share posts on your Timeline.

Click the buttons in the interactive below to become more familiar with your Timeline.

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Facebook for mobile devices

Facebook makes it easy to connect on the go. In fact, most Facebook users primarily access the site from a mobile device. Facebook offers an official mobile app on a variety of smartphones and tablets, including iOS and Android.

You can use the mobile app to do just about everything you can do in the desktop version of Facebook: post status updates and pictures, read stories and updates, and chat with friends. We'd like to give you a quick overview of the two most popular versions of the Facebook app: Facebook for Android and Facebook for iPhone. While the interface for these apps is somewhat different, you'll notice that each app gives you access to the same basic features.

If you don't have a smartphone, you may be able to access a limited version of Facebook on your phone through the Facebook for Every Phone program or Facebook texts.

Facebook for Android

Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn more about using Facebook for Android.

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Facebook for iPhone

Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn more about using Facebook for iPhone.

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Want to learn more about using Facebook on an iPhone? Check out our Facebook for iPhone tutorial!