Does your Facebook app open links in browser? Here is the fix, how to open Facebook Link in app instead of browser on iPhone in 2021. It’s all the coding behind the FB app that often changes from time to time to on and off its functionality.
In the previous article, we have discussed iOS 14 Apps that have Dark Mode and how to save battery life on iPhone and iPad.
But today, our topic is all about why Facebook app open links in browser 2021 and how to solve this issue?
Sometimes, Facebook application changes are beyond imagination, for example, you are here to find the solution, to forcing links to open in Facebook app instead of Safari Browser in iOS on iPhone.
When you are forced to open Facebook Links in Browser, you again have to put your user name and password to login in the Safari, Google, and other apps that is quite disturbing for some users. However, in my point of view, the browser are faster than the FB app. It all about priorities, some users like to open Facebook app from browser while the majority want to disable Facebook mobile browser on iOS and Android.
Sometimes, you update your iOS software or Android software, and you can’t open links in messenger and Facebook app on iPhone and any other Android phone.
Do you know your iPhone has default settings to open link in Safari instead of the Facebook app?
Let’s dive into the article and find out the solution.
Previously, with the new design development, Facebook app open links in browser 2018. Later on, there was an option in the Media & Contacts to set “links to open in app”, and you were able to make a Facebook link open an app rather than Safari browser. But now the Facebook Settings have been changed to make a link open an app in 2021.
Also, the option in
However, still in some cases the Facebook app open links in browser in 2021. Like Facebook share links open in browser not in the app.
Now, for example, I tap on the Facebook button to directly share the article on my Facebook app where I am already login. That button redirects me to the Safari browser rather than Facebook app. See the screenshot in which Facebook open links externally in 2021.
Not this, my iPhone asks me to “Login to Facebook account to share” or “Get Facebook for iPhone and browse faster”.
While, I have already installed the Facebook app on my iPhone, what are the core reasons behind this issue and why my phone is redirecting me to Safari to open Facebook app from browser.
Now, what to do? How can I make Facebook links to open in Facebook app instead of Safari on an iPhone by default in iOS 14 in 2021?
Follow the procedure below it will definitely help you.
Clear Safari Browser Cache on iPhone and iPad
Your first step is to clear the Safari Browser cache on iPhone. Sometimes, the old settings are stored on the browser and your browser cache all files and cookies and runs with older settings. So, the first troubleshooting should be clearing the Safari cache on your iPhone and iPad. Once, you have cleared all the browser cache to try to open the Facebook link, hopefully, it will open in the Facebook app rather than on the browser.
Here is a video tutorial on how to clear the cache on iPhone and iPad.
How to Open Facebook Link in App Instead of Browser iPhone 2021 Using Facebook Messenger
Probably, your “Facebook Messenger app” has the default settings to “open links in the browser instead of the app”. Here is how to change the settings.
- Open your Facebook messenger app on your iPhone
- Tap on the Profile icon/image on the top left corner of the screen
- Scroll down and tap “Account settings”
- A Settings menu will appear on the screen, scroll down and tap on “Apps and Websites”
- Scroll down to the “Preference” and tap “Turn Off” in the “Apps, Websites and Games” section.
- Scroll down and again tap “Turn Off”
That’s it, you have fixed the issue about “can’t open links on Facebook app”.
Now, all you need to do is that just clear Safari history and cache, browse anything in Safari browser, if there is any Facebook link and you tap on it, it will “open Facebook links in app iPhone in 2021″ with only one change.
Have you notices that you open a link in Safari and what it says?
“Get Facebook for iPhone and Browse Faster”
Even, you have already installed Facebook and Messenger apps in your iPhone. But after the above fix, it will ask you to “Share with your Facebook App”
Upon again opening, you’ll see a button is added in the Safari Browser, “Share with your Facebook App”. Now, tap on it, it will straightly open the Facebook app.
In step 6, if it is turned off then turn it on, and if it is turned on then turn it off. It’s a Facebook app functionality but it solves the actual issue.
How to Open Facebook Link in App Instead of Browser iPhone 2021 Using Facebook App.
You can also do the same Settings in the Facebook app itself.
- Open Facebook App
- Tap three parallel lines at the bottom right corner on the app screen
- Scroll down and tap “Settings & Privacy”
- Tap “Settings”
- Scroll down to the “Security” section and tap “Apps and Websites”
- Tap “Turn Off”
- Again tap “Turn Off” for confirmation
Now head back and the app icon to open the link in Facebook instead of Safari on your iPhone.
Boom, you’ll notice that a button will appear on the top asking you to “Share with your Facebook App”, just tap on the button and you’ll be directed to the Facebook app where you can share your links on your profile, pages, and even in groups.
In step 7, if it is turned off then turn it on, and if it is turned on then turn it off. It’s a Facebook app functionality but it does the issue solved.
Long Press on a Link
If none of the above workarounds worked for you, another method to bypass the link from opening browser instead of the App, is to long-press the link.
Here is how do I open links on Facebook app instead of browser?
- Open Safari or Chrome Browser
- Search a Facebook link
If none of the above techniques work for you, here is the other way to bypass the link opening in browser instead of Facebook app. Just long-press that link.
By doing that, you will see a web page preview, tap “Open” that will open link in the Facebook app. This is how you can bypass opening the link in Safari on iPhone.
If the above solutions fail for you then try to clear Facebook app cache on your iPhone that will fix the ongoing problems and will open Facebook app from link.
How to Clear Facebook Cache on iPhone
You can clear Facebook app’s cache on iPhone by going into the app’s “Settings & Privacy” section where you can clear the browser cache.
Actually, the Facebook cache is the record of your activity about the links you have clicked, pages you have visited within the Facebook app. This will disable Facebook mobile browser in iOS and will force to open Facebook links in app iPhone.
Clearing Cache will not delete your personal settings, account date, media, photos and videos, messages, posts, or anything else. It will just delete the cookies record in your browser.
Here is how you can clear Facebook app’s cache on your iPhone
- Open Facebook app and tap the three parallel lines at the bottom right corner of the app.
- Scroll down and tap “Settings & Privacy”
- Tap “Settings”
- Scroll down to the bottom and go to the “Media and Contacts”
- Tap “Browser”
- The “Browser Settings” menu will open head towards the Browsing data and tap on the “Clear” button labeling “Your browsing data”
By tapping clear, all your browsing data in the cache memory will be deleted and you can head back to try to open Facebook app link to open in app not in Safari in iOS on your iPhone.
Reinstall the Facebook App
After all the above solutions you have tried and none has worked for you then I will recommend you to delete/uninstall the Facebook and then reinstall it.
Upon, reinstalling the Facebook app, you will have the fresh default settings to open Facebook link in app instead of browser 2021 on iPhone.
You can also read about how to stop Facebook from auto-playing videos on iOS and Android App
and how to secure Facebook account from hacking.
I hope you are able to open Facebook link in app instead of Safari Browser on iPhone. Also, “Share with facebook App” option in Safari will open for you while opening links in Faceboo App instead of browser iOS. If links are not loading in Facebook app then use the comment box below to drop your queries.