10 Facebook search tips to find what you’re looking for

If you know how to use it, Facebook’s search function is a powerful tool. You can find results on everything from where your friends’ photos were taken to family events in your area.

If you want to find more of what you’re looking for with Facebook search, here are our top Facebook search tips and tricks.

1. Getting started with Facebook search

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At its most basic level, Facebook search works as you might expect. You enter the keyword you are looking for and you will see a list of results. The results are automatically sorted by type. The exact order they appear will depend on the query you entered and where you are based.

Scroll down and you’ll see results for public posts, groups, pages, photos, videos, etc.

2. Use Facebook search filters

On the left side of the screen are the filters. You can use them to narrow your results list down to something more manageable.


Following Facebook’s dramatic overhaul in mid-2020, the old default filters of Messages from, Position type, Posted in the group, Marked location, and Date posted are no longer available. They have been replaced by a new list of 11 filters. The new filters each have a specific purpose and have dedicated sub-filters allowing you to further refine your results.

The new filters are Posts, People, Pictures, Videos, Marlet, Pages, Places, Groups, applications, Events, and Connections. We’ll look at some of these filters and sub-filters in more detail in the rest of the article.

3. Search for posts on Facebook

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Most of the text commands on the Facebook search bar that you can use (for example, “find photos liked by [name]”) no longer work. Instead, they have been consolidated in the new filters.

The first filter, Posts, contains four sub-filters. Perhaps the most useful of the group is the Posts you saw to fall over. We’ve all had times when we’ve seen something in our feed but couldn’t move it later in the day; this toggle helps by showing only the posts you have browsed.

You can also filter posts by marked location. This is the filter to use if you want to know what people are saying about a certain place halfway around the world.

4. Search for Facebook photos

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The other Facebook search filter that users will instantly gravitate to is Photos. This is where you can sleuth your partner, friends and coworkers (not that MakeUseOf never condones such a thing!).

Four sub-filters are available for photos: posted by, Type of photo, Marked location, and Date posted.

The Type of photo The filter allows you to specify whether you want to restrict your search to photos you have seen on your news feed or display results from the entire Facebook database. The posted by and Marked location both fields allow you to enter any name / location you want.

5. Search for Facebook videos

facebook search videos

Facebook has also introduced new filters in its video search tool. In addition to the sorting options and the ability to select a marked location, there are now toggles for live videos and group videos.

If you activate the Live toggle, it will also display the shows that are playing right now. For example, the results will not include completed live videos. Check out our article on how to watch Facebook live on desktop and mobile if you want more information.

6. Find Facebook Places

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Facebook Places is another tool that has grown significantly more powerful in recent years. Whether you are looking for a restaurant, a family activity or tourist places nearby, the tool will help you.

Equally powerful are the Places Finder sub-filters. Seven sub-filters are available:

  • Open now
  • Delivery
  • To take with
  • Site
  • Status
  • Visited by friends
  • Price

They help you narrow down your hits until you can find exactly the place you are looking for.

7. Search for jobs on Facebook

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The Internet has no shortage of ways to help you find a new job. However, Facebook’s job search tools are a powerful option that many people overlook. You can use this feature to find a new job in any country on the planet.

To start, click on the Works link in the left panel of the Facebook home page. At the time of writing, the filters have yet to be upgraded to the new design found on the Facebook search queries page. However, you can still use the left menu to filter by location, job type and industry.

8. Search the Facebook Marketplace

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Facebook may never be able to compete with Amazon, but its marketplace has quickly become a leading way for people to buy and sell things. In many ways, it’s easier to locate items on Facebook than it is on eBay. Indeed, it is possible to find everything from a brand new iPhone to a used car.

Market research works slightly differently from the process of finding content on the rest of the social network. First you need to access the Marketplace by clicking on the link in the left panel.

Once the page loads, enter your basic search term and press Enter. You will then need to use the filters to refine the results. There are Category, Site, State of object, and Price filters to modify.

(NB: Before buying anything from Facebook Marketplace, make sure you understand Facebook’s refund policy. The marketplace is not covered by the same rules as other Facebook services.)

9. Search for Facebook events

facebook event search

Like Facebook’s Places tool, the Events tool is a great way to find things that are happening around you right now.

You can filter by location, date, and categories, but arguably the three most useful filters are the Online Events switch, the Friendly and family switch, and the Popular with friends to fall over.

10. Search for Facebook groups

facebook groups search

The last Facebook filter worth mentioning is the group search. You can enter a keyword and then use the sub-filters to narrow the list into groups in specific locations that match your interests.

It’s also useful if you’re the type of person who is a member of hundreds of Facebook groups and needs a way to sort them out.

Forget Google; Use Facebook instead!

Facebook’s search function is unlikely to rival Google as the number one way to find things on the web.

However, Google’s search engine cannot access much of the content on Facebook. Many users have deindexed their profiles, preventing Google from finding photos and videos that other users liked on the social network.

So, you should definitely add the Facebook search tool to your arsenal. It is just one of the many alternative search engines that may find information beyond the reach of Google.

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