Permanently Set Your Facebook Feed To Show Most Recent Instead Of Top Stories

Tips on how to set your Facebook feed to show most recent instead of top stories

Sometimes the big social networks roll out features (or forget to roll them out) that work for the majority of the users, but just don’t make sense to some of us. For example, I’m still trying to figure out why Instagram doesn’t have a good way to upload photos from the desktop or why Twitter makes it so hard to switch to desktop view on an iPad or tablet.

Another strange one is the fact that Facebook loves to show you the “Top Stories” that it thinks are important in your life and while that works for some, there are those of us who prefer to see our feeds in chronological order. In the desktop view of Facebook, there is an option to change from Top Stories to Most Recent, but Facebook only maintains that setting for about 24 hours and then it automatically reverts back to Top Stories.

You can manually change your Facebook feed to display the most recent posts, but Facebook will change it back to Top Stories after about 24 hours.

You can manually change your Facebook feed to display the most recent posts, but Facebook will change it back to Top Stories after about 24 hours.

Unfortunately, there isn’t any way to permanently change this setting in your profile, an option that I feel Facebook has mistakenly overlooked.

I’m sure that “Top Stories” probably garner Facebook more opportunities to learn about what is popular or what topics you are more likely to respond to…which can also lead to increased revenue for them. It also gives them more control over your feed, as opposed to Most Recent, which simply dictates that the posts will be show in chronological order.

Unfortunately, a lot of us think of our Facebook feed as a chronological feed of events that are happening. We check-in multiple times each day, expecting that new things will have occurred since the last time we checked. In other words, we expect our feed to be presented to us in chronological order.

The good news, is that there is an easy way to adjust Facebook so that it ALWAYS shows you top stories. The key is in the URL you use to access Facebook. Instead of using the standard http://Facebook.com URL to access the site, try clicking this link instead:

https://www.facebook.com/?sk=h_chr

With the ?sk parameter at the end of the URL, Facebook will now always display the most recent stories and will cause the banner to appear that indicates you’re viewing Most Recent.

To make this more “permanent”, just set a bookmark in your browser to that URL or add a shortcut on your desktop and then just click that link or bookmark when you want to access Facebook. By doing that, Facebook will always start in a mode where the most recent stories are shown, instead of top stories.

Success! By using this URL, Facebook automatically switches your feed to Most Recent instead of Top Stories!

Success! By using this URL, Facebook automatically switches your feed to Most Recent instead of Top Stories!

Unfortunately, I still haven’t found a great way to switch the Android or iOS Facebook mobile apps over to Most Recent, but for those of you on Android, if you click the menu icon, you can always select “Most Recent” from your list of available feeds.

You can manually change the Android and iOS mobile apps to show the Most Recent feed, instead of the default Top Stories

You can manually change the Android and iOS mobile apps to show the Most Recent feed, instead of the default Top Stories

In iOS, you can do the same thing by selecting the menu icon at the bottom of the app and choosing More > See More> Feeds > Most Recent. I know…it’s a lot of steps, but it’s worth it if you really want to see your feeds in chronological order.

Hopefully that helps those of you who like to see the most recent posts from your friends and family! If you another way or a better way to make this change permanent, definitely share them in the comments.

–Sean

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  3. Menteroth says:

    Or just click ‘news feed’ and select ‘most recent’ instead of clicking a bookmark way up in the browser.

  4. The problem with the solution presented is that you need to always remember to click the bookmark. For an easier “set it and forget it” solution, get the safe and free FB Purity browser add-on, one of its many useful options is the option to keep the newfeed permanently on “Most Recent”, the option is titled “News Sort: Most Recent”.

    As well as letting you do that, it has lots of other benefits such as hiding all the ads and telling you whenever anyone unfriends or blocks you, and also lets you filter out posts from the newfseed that you dont want to see by the keywords or phrases that you specify.

    I really can’t recommend this highly enough, check it out via http://fbpurity.com

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  7. HenryThurstingtonIII says:

    so then your headline is bullshit?

  8. Madam Cheeky says:

    This does not work. I clicked on the link and got a post from 16 hours ago and an ad. nothing more. I then clicked on top postings and there is a post on there from 3 hours ago. Time waster.

  9. Hi Madam,

    It should work just fine. The link in the post is the exact same link that Facebook provides when you look in the left navigation of the desktop site and click Newsfeed –> Most Recent.

    If doing that works for you, then just bookmark that URL and you can use it to make sure Facebook always shows your feed in chronological order, instead of their “top news” order.

  10. Cool!

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