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Searching a Facebook Group

I am surprised how difficult it has been in the past to search on Facebook.  I understand it is a difficult problem due to the amount of data in Facebook and how the social graph affects what to search.

This came up on our Facebook private group recently.  It is fairly easy to search from a desktop browser (there is a little search field on the menu just below the header page).

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The search feature is a little more difficult to find in a mobile app!  I will describe how to use it (well, as of February 2016–this could easily change anytime).

iPhone

  1. Tap on the hamburger button (labeled More) in the menu bar at the bottom.
  2. Tap on the groups item in the list.
  3. Tap on the group from the screen of all the groups you are in.
  4. Tap in the search field at the top of the group.
  5. Just under the search box, there is bar with “Everywhere” or “In This Group” selectors. Tap on the “In This Group” selector.
  6. Type your search term.
  7. Tap on “Search” button in keyboard or tap on entry in the list that best matches what you want to search.
  8. Scroll through the matches.  The search term will be highlighted.

Android (Tablet*)

  1. Tap on the hamburger button in the menu bar at the top.
  2. Scroll down to the groups section (a few are shown).
    • If you see the group, then tap on the group.
    • If you don’t see the group, then tap on “See All”.  Tap on the group from the screen of all the group you are in.
  3. Tap in the search field at the top of the screen.  It is “on top” of the picture for the group and may be difficult to see.
  4. Just under the search box, there is bar with “All Facebook” or “In Group” selectors. Tap on the “In Group” selector.
  5. Tap on the search field.
  6. Type your search term.
  7. Tap on search button (magnifying glass icon) in the keyboard or tap on entry in the list that best matches what you want to search.
  8. Scroll through the matches.  The search term will be highlighted.

*I don’t have an Android Phone to try this out.  I hope it is the same there as well.

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