How to Download and Install Facebook App on Android
Not long ago, for a certain period of time, Facebook was the most visited website on the Internet, even more visited than Google. Even though it is not at the top of the list at this time, it has been among the top 10 most visited websites for many years now. Facebook is not only the most popular social network but it is also a platform where users communicate with others regularly like an email or chat platform (see WhatsApp alternatives), perform business related activities and even play games.
You can access the website of Facebook (facebook.com) on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices via a web browser easily, just like you would on a desktop computer or laptop. Though the Facebook website will probably be satisfactory enough for you to use on a mobile device, using the Facebook app may make more sense for some mobile-only features and its mobile-focused user interface which lets you do things more easily and more efficiently.
TIP: You can use any mobile web browser such as Chrome, Firefox or Safari to access Facebook website by simply typing facebook.com in the address bar.
According to the download stats on the Google Play Store, Facebook mobile app for Android is one of the most popular free apps, downloaded over 1 billion times. This means that a considerable part of its user base prefer to use the app while on mobile, to access their Facebook accounts and to connect with their friends.
The Facebook app does not come installed on Android devices by default. In order to use it, you will need to first download and install it on your device, which I will be explaining in detail below.
How to Download Facebook App on Android
Before you proceed with the download steps, make sure that you have added your Google Play Store account (not to be mixed with your Facebook account) to your Android device, because we will be downloading the Facebook app from the Play Store.
TIP: If you haven't added your account to your device yet, you can check our tutorial about how to add a Google Play Store account to Android.
STEP 1: Grab your phone and open the Google Play Store by tapping on its icon.
Where you will find the Google Play Store shortcut will depend on your device and settings but it can usually be found on the Apps screen.
TIP: Alternatively, you can also visit the Play Store at https://play.google.com/store in your mobile browser.
STEP 2: Once you are on Google Play Store homepage, type "facebook" into the search bar at the top and tap the search button.
A list of Facebook related apps will be displayed, with the official Facebook app at the top.
STEP 3: Tap on the Facebook app entry on the list.
This will open the app page, where you can learn more about the app, check its reviews and permissions it will require.
STEP 4: When you are ready to start downloading the app, tap on the Install button. A popup window will appear, asking your permission with a list of things Facebook app needs access to in order to function. Review what information the app will have access to and if you accept, continue by tapping the Accept button. Note that you may need to scroll down to see the whole list if you are on a small-screen device.
How to Install Facebook App on Android
The download process will start after you tap the Accept button. You can see the progress on the download bar. How fast it will download will depend on your Internet connection speed, but it will usually be done in less than a minute.
The installation will start automatically as soon as the download completes. You just need to wait patiently until the installation is complete. Once the Facebook app is installed, the app page will now show Open and Uninstall buttons, instead of the Install button.
STEP 5: You can now start using the Facebook app by tapping on the Open button on the app page or from the app shortcut (icon) on your Apps screen.
You can now log in to your Facebook account from the app, using your login details. If you don't have an account, you can tap the Create New Facebook Account button to create a new one.
After you download and install Facebook app, it will be automatically updated whenever it has a new update, as long as you don't disable automatic updates on your Android device. Also, as a side note, if you ever need to uninstall the Facebook app, you can check our tutorial about uninstalling apps on Android to help you with the process.
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