Use this iPad tutorial to get started with the official Facebook application, from setting up your account, searching for friends, to uploading images and bringing your entire social network a little closer together.
Signing Up & Signing In
With installation complete, firstly tap the 2x button on the lower right to expand this iPhone native app to full screen. Here you are given two options Signing in or signing up. If you have a Facebook account simply enter your details as requested and press the “Go” button.
Signing up to Facebook couldn’t be easier, and you can do so via the iPad. Click Sign up to open a new window in Safari, and input the required details, confirming them via email and you are now ready to go.
Adding Friends Via Sync
To get the most from your Facebook experience you will need to connect with your family and friends, your first choice is to “Sync” with your contacts list on your iPad. The app will search your contact list for anyone with a linked Facebook account and will add them to your friends list. You are also given the option to add or replace any photographs you may have set up in your contacts list with that of the profile pic on Facebook. Once the sync task has been performed you will be taken to the home page.
Finding Friends Via Search
Having checked your contacts lists for potential Facebook friends and find yourself on the home page. This will bring up a keyboard enabling you to enter the name of individuals you wish to contact. Notice you have the option to search in one of three areas, Friends – Only searches within your current friends list, Everyone – searches the entire database of individuals and Pages – which are unlike profiles as they are not profiles or a person but instead a group, band, movie etc.
iPad Tutorial – Finding Friends. Some users will not allow you to full access to their account until you are added to their friend’s list, so please ensure you have the right person before making contact.
Adding Friends To Your List
Having found the profile of the person you are searching for you can apply to add them to your friends’ lists and by return you will be added to theirs. To do this you will need to tap the “Add as Friend” button beneath their contact name.
Having sent your “friend request” to specific individual you will only become linked to their friend’s list and you to their when they have accepted your request. You will be informed of this in the form of a Notification which will appear at the bottom of the screen on the home page. Click the Notification link and if success your new friend will be added to your friend’s list.
There are two ways of socially interacting via Facebook, you can post your comments, images and links to your wall, to do this click your Profile link from the home page and select Share Photo or Write Post. Your post will now appear on your main profile page and can be viewed by your friends. Alternatively you can contact a friend directly by sending them a message, by clicking the Message link on the home page and tapping the new message icon in the upper right corner. Or you can also post on a friend’s wall by accessing their profile from your friend’s list and selecting the contact options on the upper bar.
Expanding Your Use
Styling contact with your friends and family is the principle reason to use Facebook, yet there is lot more for you to explore. Clicking the News link from the homepage will give your updates on all your latest post and those of your friends and make suggestions of new potential friends, based upon links to mutual friends. From this page you can also quick link to uploading image or updating your profile status or tap “check in” to see links to locations of interest posted by local users or search for those of importance to you. Now you are equipped with the basics all there is left for you to do is to enjoy the Facebook app on your iPad.