How to disable Facebook’s in-app browser [Tip]

facebook loading iconIf ever you have updated to the recent version of Facebook for mobile, then you probably know by now that it automatically opens links through its in-app browser. That’s not all. The social network app now allows you to save, copy or share links directly through its in-app browser. The thing is what if you still prefer viewing the links from Facebook on your default mobile browser (ex. Chrome, Firefox)?

Is it possible to turn off or disable the Facebook in-app browser on your smartphone or tablet? Well, absolutely. All you need to do is to follow the instructions listed below.

How to disable Facebook’s in-app browser

  • Launch or open the Facebook app on your Android or iOS device.
  • Next, go to your Facebook Menu by tapping the “three horizontal lines” icon on your app’s top navigation bar.
  • Scroll all the way down to your menu list until you the section for Facebook “Settings”.
  • Under “Settings”, go to “App Settings” and then on the “General” section, check the option for “Always open links with external browser”.
  • So that’s basically it! The next time you open or click any link from your Facebook newsfeed, it will be automatically loaded on your default mobile browser. If not, your device will ask you whether to open the link in Chrome, Firefox, etc.
  • On the other hand, if you’re not seeing the “Always open links with external browser” option on your Facebook app settings, it is most likely that the said feature has not yet been made available to your region.

It’s as easy as that.

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  • Peter Haas

    This doesn’t work any more, at least as far as I can tell, on the iOS.

  • :-$

    Power, strategy, power…

    Facebook is one of the most powerful entities on the planet, but I believe they are even more powerful than what most people believe. I don’t really have any sources for my beliefs other than this rationale: They have the most popular browser that studies your browsing habits, ads which will track what sites you visit and display “relevant ads” and just a fucking whole host of other stuff. It seems awfully unlikely that a company with that much power really is a “good guy” at heart.

    And don’t forget: (Wikipedia) ‘In-Q-Tel of Arlington, Virginia, United States is a not-for-profit venture capital firm that invests in high-tech companies for the sole purpose of keeping the Central Intelligence Agency, and other intelligence agencies, equipped with the latest in information technology in support of United States intelligence capability.’

    And: ‘Two of the names that come up most often in connection with In-Q-Tel need no introduction: Google and Facebook.

    The publicly available record on the Facebook/In-Q-Tel connection is tenuous. Facebook received $12.7 million in venture capital from Accel, whose manager, James Breyer, now sits on their board. He was formerly the chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, whose board included Gilman Louie, then the CEO of In-Q-Tel. The connection is indirect, but the suggestion of CIA involvement with Facebook, however tangential, is disturbing in the light of Facebook’s history of violating the privacy of its users.’