Ever see those posts on Facebook that urge you to “share this to save it on your wall so you can find it later? Well that is one way to save it for later so you can find that recipe or funny video or article that you don’t have time for at the moment. Of course when you share, all your friends are seeing that post too. And that’s fine, as long as you don’t mind all your friends knowing what you want to cook or watch or read. But did you know there’s an easier, more private way? Here’s how to use the “Save” feature on Facebook.
Why use Save instead of Share?
Privacy – While there are times I want to share a link with friends for them to check out, sometimes I just want to remind myself to read an article later when I have some time. I’m not really interested in sharing everything I read, and there are some articles I’d like to read without everyone knowing all about it (like everything on Buzzfeed). Nobody can view the links you’ve saved for later, so it’s your own private storehouse of content.
Convenience – If you share an article and want to read it later, you’ll have to search within your own timeline to find that article, recipe, or video. You might have to scroll and scroll and scroll to find it. But when you use the Save feature, all your saved posts are conveniently located in one place. They are much easier to find.
How to Save a Facebook article to read later
When viewing posts on your feed, you’ll notice a small grey inverted arrow. When you click, you get a few options for that post. One of those is the “Save” link such as “Save video” or “Save link”.
Here’s how it looks:
On mobile it looks like this:
How to find your saved links when you’re ready to view them
Once you’ve saved a link for later, you’ll have one stop shopping for all your saved links. Just go to “Saved” in the left column on your computer and in the lower right menu on mobile.
Here’s where to find it on the desktop.
And from mobile, click the “More” menu in the lower right first, then “Saved”.
Here are some of the posts I’ve saved for later. At the top, notice that you can view by post type – links, videos, photos, and other types. This makes it even easier to zero in on a particular post.
Are there any reasons to Share instead of Save?
Sure, you can share to your timeline in order to find something later, but that is not the main goal of sharing. Sharing, obviously. shares that item with a wider audience. So if you think all your friends might be interested in the article or recipe you want to save, then share away! I mention recipes because I see this most often with recipes.
Another reason is to help out the person who shared it originally. That’s why brands, publishers and bloggers post on Facebook and suggest that you share their stuff; they want to get their content in front of as wide an audience as possible. Heck, I do it too! For example, I’ll post this article to the Be Web Smart Facebook page. You might see it there and think, “Wow this looks interesting and helpful, and I’m sure it will help some of my friends! I think I’ll share this for others to see so they can learn about saving for later on Facebook!” That’s helpful to me in reaching new readers, but also, and more importantly, helpful to your friends who might not have heard of this feature before. So sure, please share, but if you want to save it first, read it later, and then share, then at least you know what you’re sharing. Unfortunately there are too many who share everything single link they come across without reading or verifying the information.
So that’s how you use the “Save it for later” feature on Facebook. Have you used this feature? Love it? Hate it? Let me know. And lastly, any English Beat fans out there? “Save it for Later” is one of my favorite songs!