One of the features heralded as a huge success in iOS 5 last year was the integration of twitter in to its core. It gave the ability to tweet and share images and web pages. Although, it did leave us with a huge question: why the heck isn’t Facebook integrated in the same way? Thankfully, relationships were restored between Cupertino and Zuckerburg and by the time iOS 6 came out, it was ingrained in to iOS’ code in the same way as twitter has been for 11 months. Here’s how to get it set up and working.
Go to your settings app, and scroll down until your almost at the bottom of the pile. Just before the section with all your apps you’ll see twitter and Facebook. Hit Facebook.
2. Download the app
First step is easy. Hit the “install” icon and Facebook will magically appear on your home screen.
3. Notifications/Alerts/Video quality settings
Before you log in, hit “settings” underneath the Facebook logo. In there you’ll see individual switches to turn off sounds and/or vibrations for Facebook app alerts. You can also toggle HD video uploads on/off.
4. Log in
Go back to the main Facebook settings screen. You’ll see a field to add in your username and password. Input those, hit “sign in” and wait for it to verify.
5. Calendars and Contacts
Once logged in you can select if you want your contacts and calendars to sync with events and friends on Facebook. Personally, I have them switched off, it makes for a bit of a mess, especially if your “creative” friends have names that aren’t real.
6. Posting from Notification Center
Logged in and raring to go? Drag down the Notifications drawer from the top of your screen. Hit “tap to post” to update your status. Type (or dictate) your message for all to see, and hit “post”. Confusingly, it will play the bog-standard notification tri-tone sound. It took me a couple of times to realize that an incoming message hadn’t just disappeared.
7. Sharing photos/web pages etc.
You can also post stuff through apps like Safari and Photos. To post a Photo, access your albums and choose the image you want everybody to admire, and hit the share button in the bottom left corner, select the Facebook icon. Your photo will clip on to a status update, again – type your message and hit “post”. The same method applies in Safari to share web pages.