How to Do an Advanced Search on Facebook

It’s really tough to find someone on Facebook. Because Facebook is used by 1.44 billion people around the world. It’s really a big number.

There has so many people with similar named. And it is almost impossible to find someone by name. Because Facebook will show a search results of thousands of people similarly named with tiny thumbnail.

So, to find someone on Facebook, you must need to be tricky. Yeah I will make it easy for you.

I found so many question on different forum. People want back filter options in Facebook search engine. Because it’s really disappointing not to find your special one or friends even family members.

So I will tell you many ways of Facebook advanced search to find your desired one.

Requirements to Do an Advanced Search on Facebook

Person Name: Yeah of-course name is the first thing you need and I think you know that.

But if you have any confusion about name’s spelling, you can search the name on search engine like Google, Yahoo, Bing etc.

And search engine will provide you a correct spelling and also it’s variations.

Others: For advance searching, you also need to know any of these (Mutual Friend / Hometown / Current City / High School / College or University / Employer / Graduate School).

If you know more than one then that’s better.

Video Tutorial to Do an Advanced Search on Facebook

If you don’t like video or need more instruction, then continue reading and find your desired one.

How to Search People on Facebook

Firstly I wanna discuss about Facebook’s default search engine. Yeah I know, it’s useless thing to you. But you can use it to search someone very effectively.

1. First thing you need to do, Just login to your Facebook account.

Facebook Advanced Search

2. Write the name of your desired person on the search box. You see I also mention the person’s city name Mick Los Angeles.

This will filter automatically people with named Mick who live in Los Angeles. You can also use his/her school name or college name or university name etc. It will show a result immediately.

If you don’t find your desired person on the results, click on Search Facebook option below the results.

Facebook Advanced Search

3. It will take you to the top results. If you wanna search any person, click on “people” option. You can also search photos, pages, groups and apps & events in more options.

It’s all about Facebook’s defaults search engine. But there has also a tricky advanced filtering option on Facebook. So let me talk about it.

How to Do an Advanced Search on Facebook

It is easy to search anything using advanced filtering option in any search engine. Facebook also has a meaningful advanced search engine with filtering.

And I love this way to search anyone on Facebook.

Facebook Advanced Search

1. On the Facebook top bar, find the Find Friends option and click on it.

Advanced Search on Facebook

2. See on the right side of the Find Friends page and you will find Search for Friends filtering options.

3. On the Name box enter the person’s name. If he/she is already friend with one of your friend then enter the name of your friend on Mutual Friend box.

This will automatically filter the person. So you can easily find the person.

Similarly you can use other options which is known by you. And it’s really a helpful filtering option on Facebook.

Final Words: How to Do an Advanced Search on Facebook

Hope you will find your desired one by this tricky method. I think this article will help you to search people on Facebook accurately and hope you will find the person you want.

Do share this article with your friends to help them also. Thank you. Stay connected and get update.

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2 Replies to “How to Do an Advanced Search on Facebook”

  1. The “Find Friends” filters are beyond useless. Since discontinuing Graph Search, Facebook has significantly reduced the number of available search filters. Even worse, they limit the number of search results that appear! This makes it impossible to find people.

    When I first joined Facebook back in 2005, they had an advanced search page that allowed you to search using every profile field available (first & last name, age & DOB, gender, orientation, relationship status, location, school, workplace, interests, etc.). It was also possible to search by HS graduation year – this would bring up a list of *everyone* you have graduated with (if they’re on Facebook). Regardless of the search method used, the number of search results was unlimited and could exceed 100 pages.

    In 2006 Facebook introduced the News Feed and Mini Feed features. After people complained about the lack of privacy controls, Facebook actually listened to its users and added them. They also added the ability to prioritize the types of stories that appeared in your News Feed. For example, I increased the priority of relationship status updates and lowered the priority of wall posts and “___ is now friends with ___” updates. A short time later, Facebook removed the ability to customize these feeds altogether.

    Facebook later added the ability to type advanced search queries into the search box at the top of the page (such as “Single females who graduated from [school] in [year]”). This would bring up the same search results as a regular advanced search would, but with your search terms highlighted in yellow. This was before Graph Search was introduced!

    Facebook eventually removed the advanced search option altogether, along with the ability to search by HS graduation year. Then along came Graph Search, which was nothing more than a less reliable version of their previous advanced search (that actually worked). It included the numerous “Find Friends” filters. Search results were incomplete and inconsistent (not in any particular order).

    When Facebook discontinued Graph Search, I finally had enough and deleted my account. I didn’t have many friends to begin with, so I didn’t care. How can I add new friends when Facebook takes away the ability to find them? It was likely removed due to stalking concerns, but that shouldn’t matter. Advanced search has legitimate uses and it respects users’ privacy settings (supposedly).

    Unless they bring back the original advanced search option, I will never join Facebook again. They have become more of a content sharing platform than a social networking website.

  2. I can’t find people anymore on this crap!! Leave it to Facebook to ruin every good feature they ever come up with. I remember the good old days when searching was actually efficient.

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