How to find 'Most Recent' Newsfeed in Facebook 10.0 for iOS

How to find 'Most Recent' Newsfeed in Facebook 10.0 for iOS

The Facebook 10.0 update for iPhone and iPad has removed the Most Recent Newsfeed from its previous, easy to find position right at the top of the main screen. This has led to a burst of confusion and consternation and yes, a lot of questions. The good news is that the Most Recent Newsfeed isn't gone, it's just been buried. Here's how to find it!

  1. Launch Facebook for iPhone or iPad
  2. Tap the More tab at the bottom right
  3. Scroll down to the Feeds section (which includes Close Friends tab)
  4. Tap the > to the right off Feeds to expand the section
  5. Tap on Most Recent

From one tap to three in one update flat! No doubt Facebook has its reasons for exiling the Most Recent feeds to the sidebar, but no doubt those who make frequent use of it will be less than thrilled and let Facebook know all about it.

So, if you feel like venting, hit the comments!

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, The TV Show, Vector, ZEN & TECH, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Disturbed_Angel says:

If it would save your choice, I wouldn't care, but every time they try to make it harder to get to, they also make it not save the users choice, or that is the case on my device, not sure what other people experience.

Marc Plus says:

It does that for me too and I'm pretty sure it's intentional. Youtube did something similar a while ago in one of their failed "new layout" experiment, where the "show uploads only" setting wouldn't stick.

Disturbed_Angel says:

Yeah, and FB did it with the website as well, though then I just changed my bookmarks to some URLs that force FB to show most recent, and YouTube to show videos from your subs only. :)
As for why they do it, not exactly sure, but I am positive that it has to do with Ads in some way, as we aren't the customer, we are the product.

digsoreos says:

Not only can you still not save the view to "Most Recent", but if you change it to "Most Recent", then click on a post to read more, and then go back to the feed, the feed reverts back to "Top Stories". I'm pretty sure that before this update, as long as you stayed within the app, the feed stayed as "Most Recent" if that's what you changed it to.

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tmeyn says:

Don't go back to the feed, hit the 3 lines button in the bottom right after you click on a post

digsoreos says:

Doing that takes you to the left side menu.

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ame says:

Same. And it's definitely intentional. It's to force their crappy ads on you because they think that's top news. I mark EVERY sponsored/ad as spam.

JsGrandma says:

Why doesn't FB listen to their users? Numerous users have said what they want and don't want and yet once again FB does what IT wants and not the users of the app. I am one step closer to deleting this app and not coming back. Most software developers listen to those who use their app(s) and continue to make it even more user friendly. Get a clue FB! And thanks to iMore for keeping us up to date on things like this.

Mercifull says:

They ARE listening to their users. The users are the advertisers, you are the product.

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Michael Scrip says:

-- "They ARE listening to their users. The users are the advertisers, you are the product." --

This is true.

But the advertisers won't be happy when people start to use Facebook less and less because of moronic decisions like this.

Ads don't bother me. I'm gonna see ads one way or another. That's how the Internet works.

So if I'm forced to see ads anyway... why can't my default be "Most Recent" instead of random "Top Stories" ?

Hell... show me twice as many ads... if it means I don't have to go hunting for the "Most Recent" button.

All this does is make me NOT want to use the Facebook mobile app... which is very bad for both advertisers and Facebook.

Thank goodness I can still bookmark the "Most Recent" feed on my desktop browser. Let's hope they don't take that away...

Jane Does says:

"Ads don't bother me. I'm gonna see ads one way or another. That's how the Internet works."
You poor, poor schmuck. You're an advertiser's wet dream.
I've been enjoying an ad free internet for as long as I can remember.

Michael Scrip says:

I block ads on the desktop for sure.

I can't figure out how to block ads INSIDE an iOS app though...

But again... this isn't about ads... I simply want "Most Recent" as the default view instead of "Top Stories"

Let's talk about that...

timswork says:

I'm still on Facebook app version 6.9; ever since I read in version 7 that ads would play in the feed automatically, I forbid Facebook updates. Reinforcing that was when I read they were going to remove Messages in a near update. The last straw now being that it's harder to get to Most Recent stories. Screw Facebook. I will hang on to 6.9 with every last bit and byte of energy I have.

Thank God Apple allows us to manage updating apps better in iOS 7; just in time for all this Facebook madness!

Reparkable says:

I don't know why they keep forcing this on us. I want to see stuff in chronological order. What is so hard about that? I'm more curious what users DONT want their news by Most Recent. Why can't Facebook just let the user decide?

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Gazoobee says:

They want to be able to "promote" (advertise) stuff to you. That's the point and it's why Facebook exists at all of course. They are exactly like Google in that respect.

They say it's because they want you to see "what's most interesting and popular" but basically it's code for "advertisements."

Michael Scrip says:

Facebook can show just as many ads in "Most Recent" as they can in "Top Stories"

I'm fine with ads. I know Facebook has to make money. Ads are not a problem for me.

I just want "Top Stories" to go away and let me have "Most Recent" as the default view.

Volcom45 says:

Unreal! If I've ever had good reason to basically stop using FB, this would be the last straw! I HATE the top stories newsfeed because I often don't get on for a day or 2, and never get to find the true last day or 2 worth of news because I see such old stuff! I don't know why FB for iPad saves the most recent as default every time you launch but iPhone never has! Geeze, I'd even pay FB a small monthly fee to get this right and give us a choice, so sick of their nonsense! What was once a good social network is pure trash now!

bilarichfield says:

...and this is why I use Paper more often. At least the newer stuff is near the front...most of the time.

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ejraney says:

For me Paper is just as bad. That's why I kept using the main app, at least I had an easy way (till now) of showing newest first. Now they both suck.

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ejraney says:

For me Paper is just as bad. That's why I kept using the main app, at least I had an easy way (till now) of showing newest first. Now they both suck.

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swampbaby says:

I like Paper to an extent. I noticed this morning though that any of the "news" articles you can read through that immediately after tapping on the article to begin reading it an ad hijacks the screen causing the screen to go black for a dew seconds until the ad loads, then forcing you to tap the X in the upper right hand corner to dismiss it. It's bad enough we have to suffer through banner ads but now having to deal with banner ads AND ads hijacking the screen...is bull$h!+!

gopherhockey says:

Thats it, I've had it with stupid Facebook and their moronic changes. Why do I want to see something that was posted 9 hours ago at the TOP of my mobile feed? The web isn't much better - I have had to start hiding crap so it doesn't keep popping up. Dumb. #justdumb

No wonder kids don't really use Facebook. Too bad Google+ is such a ghost town of Fandroids and trending topics like Linux.... we need a new choice.

rbiro says:

On the web you have the Facebook Purity plug-in (aka Fluffbusting Purity for trademark reasons) to fix annoyances like this. But nothing for either mobile web or the IOS app.
http://www.fbpurity.com/

djIsoMetric says:

Since they decided to force me to use their top stories, I decided to give Friendly+ a try. So far it's O.K.

Photogoofer says:

Stupid is as stupid does...

Vox says:

On my phone, it doesn't even show the Most Recent option under Feeds, just the groups I belong to...thank you, FB, for giving me one more reason to leave you.

[Edit: Had to log out and back in to be able to see the Most Recent option on my phone...silly stupid app]

Jewelweed says:

Thank you! I had the same problem. I tried logging out and back in with no results, but when I logged out, closed the app, shut my phone down and then restarted everything it finally worked.

pwrof3 says:

It's because you are not Facebook's customer, you are their revenue stream

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dee-vious_dee says:

I think you mean a Facebook puppet.... If people would take a stand and stop using Facebook, things would change, but you know it will never happen, cause people live for Facebook.

Mildred Cady says:

I use it because there's people I want to keep in touch with who only use FB. :(

davesoroka says:

Its a crappy implementation thats going to have big impact on how frequently i access facebook

bstephenmitchell says:

Already sent in my negative comments to FB - this makes the iPhone app useless to me.

DanAcosta says:

Ok, no more Facebook on iOS until they change this. It´s just stupid.

williamsbh76 says:

Damn you Facebook... Damn you...

sau124 says:

The updated messed up FB for me. I'm downgrading now to the previous version. I love time machine. :)

Doug Rogers says:

Stupidest update in a while. Almost as bad as the one that never worked. The need to go back to when it worked mostly correct 6 or so versions and just make it compatible with iOS7 and optimize it.

RescueEMT911 says:

The removal of the Most Recent option at top of news feed really stinks! I do not feel like reading what Facebook thinks is important, especially when it occurred days ago! I myself DELETED the updated facebook app, connected to itunes and put the old facebook 9 back on my phone!

donbrefo says:

I wonder why they always screw something with every update

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Heisenberg says:

I just wanna know what justifies all these new versions. 8.0 to 9.0 to 10.0 within a couple of months. Lol

dee-vious_dee says:

There is a reason why they did this, it's so News Stories end up on your news feed, not what your FRIENDS are doing.
Time for everyone to stop using Facebook, but it will never happen cause everyone using it are puppets and M. Zucker only cares about himself and his pocket book.
When it shows top stories it goes by LIKES and what has the most likes? NEWS ARTICLES! Your friends aren't going to have thousands of likes. You wn't even find any of your friends in the top stories feed.

dee-vious_dee says:

And you aren't going to have your choice cause it's only going to force the update through iTunes and App Store. You CAN'T block the update.

Matthew Parfitt says:

It's so that their app adverts come to the top as "top stories"

Michael Scrip says:

That's fine... I know Facebook needs to show ads. That's how most of the Internet works.

But if I'm gonna see ads anyway... why can't I also see a chronological list of posts?

In short... show me ads. They don't bother me.

But put the ads in the "Most Recent" feed instead of "Top Stories" feed.

Ninotschka says:

Together with clandestinely changing privacy options and buggy iOS app, not being able to select "most recent" as default sort/feed option is one of my top 3 gripes about FB. Overlooked so many new stories from friends because they got buried at the bottom of older/less important stuff that FB felt I should see instead. I actually stopped checking my newsfeed - too cumbersome to switch back every time the app refreshes. It's a shame because it could be a really great platform.

Jaffa374 says:

I NEVER complain about updates and tweaks to app's but this 1 warranted a post. I use most recent ALL the time and so do most people!! It's not even moved to a convenient spot it's put in a really awkward place to get to quickly! Facebook, sort it out!!

talldreams says:

With every update, they make it harder and harder to use. I want to see my timeline in chronological order. I don't understand what is so hard about that. Forcing people down a certain path will often force them OFF that path entirely.

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Lip Seng says:

Honestly I don't give a d*mn why FB does it, but this "Most Recent" thing is what I prefer to view each time I open the app, and it has never been easy. Now they made it worse. Fine. Deleting is not far off.

SludgeCookie says:

But Most Recent isn't an option in my feeds list? What do I do then?! I'm so confused as to why they have to make something that should be so simple, so difficult.

websyndicate says:

Sounds like a bad update...left Facebook months ago and haven't looked back or cared yet.

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kcjay says:

I hate being force fed. If FB keeps eliminating my choices, I will have to eliminate FB from my social media line up.

rgorman says:

"Top Stories" is likely default to KEEP ADS ON THE TIMELINE LONGER. That is all. With the limited screen space on the mobile version, they'll do ANYTHING to keep them up as long as possible.

Jayne Emsley Was Ashby says:

I really hate it - WHY have they done this - Can i change back to old 0.9? - If anyone knows i will need step by step as i am not the most tech minded person.
PLEASE put our most recent back....

gbregar says:

This Facebook mobile update might just be the best thing to happen to Google+....ever. With any luck, their greed will backfire.

acgmph says:

I removed all Facebook apps from my phone a long time ago. It greatly improved battery life. If I really need to access Facebook (which is less and less these days), I just use their mobile website.

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SR_Penny says:

Thinking of doing the same!

CaliforniaK says:

Facebook keeps hiding the "Most Recent" tab, we keep finding it!

Joshua Palosh says:

Thank you, Rene. I can complain to Facebook all I want, but I'll save myself the trouble and try to live with them.

Gazoobee says:

This just means I will finally stop using Facebook at all. For quite a while now Facebook has been automatically re-setting this when I am not looking and I always have to go back and set it to "recent" as opposed to what they want is to put promoted content (advertisements) first. If this setting isn't "sticky" as some are saying, then Facebook just got moved to the back page.

Cindy Sturgis says:

I would rather have top stories buried. It was stupid burying most recent. Might do away with the app on phone or quit Facebook all together

Marcus Peters says:

Pi**es me off. I know what news I want to see so the "top stories" is crap. Facebook should allow me choice. This is not progress - it is mind control. Fact.

Laura Miller2 says:

All this would be fine (confusing and more of a hassle, but fine), if I HAD the "feeds" option under the More menu. On my phone, it isn't even an option. I don't know if there's a bug or what, but it's REALLY frustrating.

SR_Penny says:

Most Recent is my default view for Facebook. It was annoying enough in previous versions that it would switch itself back to Top Stories all the time, but at least it was just one click to change it back. Now I have to go in to a side menu, scroll right down and select, and even then it's not actually my main view - the Top Stories just stays as the only option within the News Feed tab.

Horrible and infuriating!

AlOliver says:

Before we could choose to see only pictures/photos ...is there anyway to do that now?

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Ben Hanson says:

The same stupid feature angering Android users has come to iOS now then. Facebook is bad enough without making the app dreadful too

nicole248 says:

How stupid is this "update"? Just to find my most recent posts, I have to click through three times before I get to the "most recent" tab, then it doesn't remember where I was when I reopen my Facebook app. This is too trifling!!

ghostface147 says:

I created a petition on change.org, but I don't know how to put it on here.

Reparkable says:

I might also add, oddly the Facebook iPad app lets you sort by Most Recent, and saves that setting whenever you log in. Not for iPhone though

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DarthReflon666 says:

Yeah think I'm gonna have to find some other app to use and try to get my friends and family to switch over too. I hate the too stories cuz they don't know what I consider a top story.

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rgorman says:

I've already posted a comment, but I'll add another thought... If WE want "Most Recent", just let us have it. Put your ads on THAT stream. I wouldn't mind that too much, I suppose... But having "Top Stories" from 18 hours ago lead off my timeline is a bit silly. I saw that post yesterday... three times..

geekynerd00 says:

Facebook is so annoying

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Jamie Golden says:

USE SAFARI (web browser) instead of the Facebook app! So much more user friendly for this issue! On Facebook.com, using Safari, there is a convenient SORT button at top right .. Forget the Facebook APP effective immediately

Kerryn Thomas says:

Exactly what I have done. Updated the app, realised it didn't want to default to recent activity, and opened Safari!

Jamie Golden says:

Yea, happier using Facebook.com through Safari

renski33 says:

The only language they and all huge companies listen to is the DELETE button! ;-) Delete the app or deactivate your account! None of the companies like to lose money and customers! But those that complain yet keep the app are no threat to them, rather the punch bags! Unless u put your words into action they will keep laughing at your face.

Aaron Miller says:

Is there any way you can set the Most Recent tab to default? That sure would eliminate a lot of the hassle if that's possible.

rgorman says:

No- THAT'S the issue that most people are complaining about., other than actually FINDING the "Most Recent" setting. Try the "Safari" method mentioned above. that will stick on "Most Recent". For the most part.

DonnyRocker says:

It doesn't remain once changed (though it reports as "Most Recent"): the posts at the top of my news feed tend to be12-18 hours old

David Ohare says:

Absolutely ridiculous! Everyone I know uses the Most Recent option. After all, we want to see what people we know are saying now.... Not something someone said last night or yesterday!
This is why I, along with thousands of others, use Twitter more than Facebook. And now I will use Facebook even less!

Ed Berkel says:

Well after the update on May 15, the "feeds" section does not appear for me. This app is TERRIBLE in that it continues to change and FB doesn't even bother to tell users how to get to things they moved.

jason829us says:

Despite the fact that this is a royal PITA, I still can't help but feel like I get my money's worth every time I open FB.

gewappnet says:

Just for the record: It did NOT change on the iPad! The switch was always in the menu on the left side and it is still at the same place. So maybe you want to correct this article.

UmairItrat says:

Facebook is not a new real company. I think we haven't gotten a real tech company since Google. Twitter is a real new thing but I don't know how they make money.

Kimberly McDaniel says:

There is definitely a reason FB buries it. Previously, it would always revert back to most popular instead of staying with most recent. It's frustrating and has kept me off of FB since the last update because of this change & my inability to locate most recent. Thanks for letting me know how to find it. I don't need to re-see everything every single time I get on FB. Who has that kind of time?

Mara Windstar says:

I have an iPad and I don't have any of those options after settings on the bottom of that screen. Including the "more".
Now what????
Really want most recent feed

krfarm2012 says:

Because "most recent" is no longer a setting you can change and keep to your newsfeed, I find myself using the much more seamless application "Pages" or the regular Facebook website in my mobile browser. I also know of many many close friends and family who feel the same. If they want the Facebook application to be used this needs to be changed.

Hugo_Draxxx says:

So glad I took the time to check my favorite forum for advice on this highly annoying app change. Often the most popular feed items is not the one I'm most interested in. Very frustrating indeed. Hopefully enough complaints will prompt a modification in the next update.