Facebook's redesigned settings menu is meant to make it easier to navigate

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What you need to know

  • Facebook has announced a redesigned settings menu for its iPhone app.
  • The change is supposed to make it easier to navigate the app's settings.

Facebook has announced a change to the settings menu in its iPhone app, with the social network saying that the settings are now easier than ever to navigate.

According to an announcement made yesterday, Facebook's changes are part of its "ongoing efforts to improve people's experience on" the social network.

Whether it's managing the ads people see, adjusting sharing settings, or curating an audience for posts, people shouldn't have to think too hard about where to start. That's why we've reduced the number of categories, and renamed them to more closely match people's mental models. Settings are now grouped into six broad categories, each containing several related settings: Account, Preferences, Audience and Visibility, Permissions, Your Information, and Community Standards and Legal Policies.

Facebook Settings Redesign Screenshot

Facebook Settings Redesign Screenshot (Image credit: Facebook)

Facebook also says that it has relocated several settings so that they now live beside more related options, ensuring we don't need to go spelunking through the app to find things anymore. "For example, the News Feed setting, which previously lived in a smaller category of its own, now lives under Preferences where it is grouped with similar settings," the company said.

Even with these changes, few would accuse Facebook of being one of the best iPhone apps in the App Store. Still, it's good to see Facebook taking steps in the right direction.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.