Facebook Beta for Windows Phone starts the week with a minor update


Microsoft has two apps available for Facebook fanatics. The first is their stable, live release line for consumers and a second listing is a beta version for those who wish to be slightly adventurous and test out new functionality before implementation in the live release. This beta version of Facebook for Windows Phone has received a minor update.

The app now rests on version, but we're not entirely sure what's new in this release. Previously, we looked at the developers adding custom notification sounds, but some users were reporting issues to ourselves and through the store review system. This could well include some bug fixing as well as the usual "go faster" upgrades. If you notice anything we've missed, sound off in the comments.

Download Facebook Beta from the Windows Phone Store for free. Note that this is the beta version of the app, if you'd like the stable release line, please opt to download Facebook from the store.

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Dinesh N says:

seems faster.

pathyeshme says:

I noticed that too.
Or maybe just i have better internet conection.

vkelkar says:

No... Really its faster now... I noticed running on wi fi is much faster now ...

J4rrod says:

It was a joke

Cyro Dubeux says:

Well, is opening and resuming faster and the navigation seems more fluid.

abduz says:

For once it actually is =p the splash screen disappears almost instantaneously

the_zeni says:

Well for once I have to admit it really is. It starts way faster for me

Duduosf says:

Okay, I'm still having a hard time believing you guys. So, really, is it any faster?

Cleveland2k says:

Yes, it seems a little faster now lol.

walter1832 says:

Faster isn't always better...just ask my wife.

xaeryan says:

We don't usually engage in chit-chat.

She doesn't seem to mind

the_zeni says:

Ok not that much when it was running in the background, maybe a little. But if you close it down an restart, it really is way faster (atleast for me). No Joke.


And this is where this stupid "seems faster" gets us: you'll have to confirm twice when it really is for one :P

abduz says:

The tile updates now.  If you have it on Medium or Double tile, it will flip to show an event or message you received along with a background/picture related to what you received, rather than just a tile of our cover photos.  Splash screen loading is near instant as well...so yes for once, it's actually faster.

Pratik Mehta says:

Ladies and gentlemen,anyone who comments "seems faster" is gonna get blocked.

felickz says:

These uninformative blog posts should be blocked.... 3 paragraphs to tell me version number ++

felickz says:

Get some sources...

lhoylhoy says:

I assume you are indian, i forgive you

nokia3660 says:

That was uncalled for

Aniket Bhat says:

STFU dude... There's no need to be rascist.

Wael Hasno says:

seems faster.
#YOLO #BlockMeIfYouWantCauseIDontCare

Harsh Gaurav says:

lol thats like a man...#yolo #seemsfaster

Aniket Bhat says:

That's like a man and #yolo in one sentence... I'll just pretend that never happened.....

Pratik Mehta says:

I have just reported Daniel :p

txDrum says:

It's just a joke. I enjoy it thoroughly.

unnatixlr8 says:

Seems reporter :P

SpideyCoco says:

Such update
So faster
Very reporter

josonjoy1986 says:

And who the hell is pratik ??? :P

Pratik Mehta says:

A loyal windows phone user

By name, he is an indian. I usually ignore what indian people say.

shadoweye14 says:


adarshhv says:

And why is that??

But You need Mr. Satya Nadella, as CEO !! lol

Arka1412 says:

Then GTFO from here as the CEO of the company of your goddamn OS is also an Indian..Jerks like you dont deserve to be here..

Pratik Mehta says:


rockstarzzz says:

Looks like being banned from Windows Phone Central Forums for such racist remarks hasn't really worked for you. Are you always like this everywhere you go? I pity your existence. Rich could I please request you to try and ban such racist members from your blogs?


sladyrko says:

Said by someone named "FLORIN".. Like one romanian gipsy singer Florin Salam :D

I apologise on the behalf of the people of my imbecile country, but there is no need to be racist...

Who do u think u are?
U know who invented the 0 that u use in binary codes? Oh yes it was an Indian...well, u did not ignore that.
Who made the first email? Oh yes, an Indian...well, u did not I ignore that.
Which country struggled for more than 100 years British colonization and is now one of the fasted growing economies in the world? Oh yes...My great India...
Shut up alright! We don't want ur worthless attention

nath520 says:

Waiting for the review of the Update of Equalizer on Audio. Not working for my 520 running black update. It is Same case when i update the Touch, and wont able to use the double tap to wake up when i running Amber update. Shoul i wait for 8.1 to use equalizer?

Anubis99 says:

Ot won't work on Lumia 520... That's how they cut the price :/ sorry

nath520 says:

When i open the Audio, the equalizer show about half a second. Just like the double tap. So i assuming it will work but need another major update.

Anubis99 says:

I know but it wouldn't count on it Buddy... Nokia deactivated those two features on the Lumia 520 to keep the price low. The phone simply haven't the technological capability to run those features. Just go see Wpcentral review of the Lumia 520, it is explained there

nath520 says:

Double tap is work perfectly after i downloaded the Black Update actualy

Facebook works great on 3G but on 2G its pathetic. I always get error in getting data. Probably the application is too heavy for 2G.

DennisvdG says:

2g? Didn't realize people still use that...

topleya says:

2G isn't design for data, so not surprises at all

nuclax says:

In India 2g is very common

infinidim says:

2G is built for data but the protocol is not that efficient and relies on multiple channels being multiplexed together to get speed. The channels are only small and sometimes when you initiate the data transfer there are not enough available, they are dynamic within the node (mast). It was only developed for transferring small amounts of data and not the digital age we live in.

In India out of 100 people, on an average you will find 80 people using 2G. In the US, UK and other countries I knows its different.

Aniket Bhat says:

3G isn't exactly that affordable everywhere to everyone, you know.

Darnath says:

Now this update makes it really faster... Look how fast the app is starting now

Diego Tena says:

The childish "seems faster" joke is completely out of hand right now.
Mods should urge users to stop as this makes the comments sections completely useless and annoying

xratola says:

Your comment isn't great either and your lack of humor is annoying to some. Not to mention that you're not contributing anything to the topic. Shall you get banned? It's your logic.

Wael Hasno says:

Get a chill pill, Diego. Once you realize how much attention you're paying to this, you'll feel stupid.

Diego Tena says:

Well I come here first of all to get news about updates and other related information.
And all i can see is this "seems faster" comment for 100000th time, which completely defeats the purpose of informing. 

It's not about lack of humour, it's about missing the point



Wael Hasno says:

It's a choice. You choose to be bothered by it. It's not too bad. I like the joke, it's like a WPC trademark now.

walter1832 says:

Diego, If you see a headline that has the words 'update' and 'facebook', just ignore it. For all other people....It seems faster!

Quin 2013 says:

Lol...seems people are getting pissed and "banning" faster. Eh, eh" ;)

I have to agree with you. The first few times wad funny, now I'm just freaking annoyed.

angy ortiz says:

Honestly, Im tired of bug fixes updates on facebook. I want to see something new and different. BTW, it does not seem faster.

pankaj981 says:

Well next week would be exciting

indieimprint says:

definitely faster

shaurya negi says:

Wish rudy huyn makes a 6book! Way better than this -_-

WishuKaiser says:

In german it would pronounced as sexbook. (Six is in german Sechs which sounds similar to sex). Not a good name :D

Anyway, I don't think, that Rudy will do this. Facebook is huge an Facebook Blue is expected with Windows Phone 8.1

TJWINS says:

Will the Windows 8 app be ported to WP once 8.1 is released?

Tafsern says:

It is now showing the correct version number for the WP8 app here in Norway. Previously it showed v.3xxxx. That's what's new :)

mrdvos says:

It seems less slow .

ArthJar says:

Seems slower.

walter1832 says:

It seems faster than the last update, but slower than the next future update.

SamiSaifDine says:

Fb Blue coming in BUILD14 To eliminate those "seems faster" cmnts


Cause' Blue FB, will seem faster

Kaushik Dash says:

Yeah now how do I make its notification custom?
Same with whatsapp or any other app. Wasn't gdr3 supposed to bring custom notifications to apps and ringtone and sms? How do I change them then damn..

Wael Hasno says:

Developers either do it themselves or give you the option to do it. The update doesn't allow you to change sounds of all apps. The apps still need to include the option.

deadwrong03 says:

Still waiting on a update that fixes the sharing post issue it still jumps back to the top of the feed and refreshes the feed if u share a post....8.1 needs to hurry up tired of this app

Hakmi Shah says:

How many bugs we have to kill? Use the pesticide oi!

louisoneal says:

Smees retsaf...

Bratticus182 says:

Seems like its the opposite of slower

topleya says:

I appreciate the custom notification sound, but they need to give us the option of changing it and also increase the volume of the sound currently used

ArthJar says:

Nobody noticed, but now it asks permission to use the microphone and "VOIP calls".

Arka1412 says:

I really dont understand why Microsoft is wasting its time on 2 applications of Facebook,instead it could concentrate on one and make it better..

A lot of developers do that: Facebook App, WhatsApp, toib, Rudy ... (sometimes Beta apps it is open to the public (like Facebook) and sometimes they dont (like WhatsApp).

Arka1412 says:

Ok got it. Still this Facebook app is not capable of doing many things like changing profile picture or cover,tagging a friend,cannot see photo comments,could not open a long message etc.God knows when these things will be fixed. Btw coming to Whatsapp when will the latest update be available to public?Any idea..

RobinPaul says:

Getting: "We're having trouble getting data" when i try to go in a group page or when some like a photo in a group page, annoying

rAj06 says:

I'm fed up with the FB app. Its just plain stupid app. All the feeds it gives is totally irrelevant. Don't understand how long they need to figure out how to design this bloody app. Hope 8.1 changes something..

David Ruml says:

This new version has a new feature. Auto check new version. Go to Settings and go to About. Here is a new feature.

Marco Gomes1 says:

Tired of these BS updates.

Carlos RJ says:

Forced "seems faster" comment.

AccentAE86 says:

Wow it actually is, truly, and honestly, faster!

Still prefer the browser to this garbage app.

IMStrugglin says:

When are they going to allow tagging and attaching pics through this app? I know attaching pics works when you create a post but we can't attach one in a comment or tag anyone for that matter.

Arka1412 says:

They wont and we still cant change Profile picture or cover from the app.

Kurtz1993 says:

*sigh* I just hate when the developers don't include a change log -_-

I just come into the comments when Facebook gets an update to see the comment *seems faster* just to have a quick laugh, many people on this freak out, its just a joke, an old one but come on its funny lol

No, it's not funny anymore.

It's really faster, to load content and to display it (Lumia 720). Can anyone with a 512MB device confirm?

hammerhand says:

Anyone else have trouble updating? Mine downloads, then rolls back to "attention required." I can't uninstall, it's stuck grayed out in the app list, and reboots and soft resets don't help :/

Work great here (Indonesia) on 2g network Lumia 822 with black update

crise says:


colinkiama says:

Change news feed to most recent

crise says:

For the thousandth time, that doesn't solve it!

colinkiama says:

oh I know what you mean now. I'm having problems with that too :(

TheRem says:

Deja vu! Same old beta. :P

What I noticed is that the Notification Sound is a bit louder than previous version.

Earlier I was not always able to hear the sound while working, but now it is more audible.


Also, it still has got a little faster while initial loading.

Conhavi says:

MS finally fixed a bug in the marketplace which previously gave all norwegian users the version that was meant for WP 7.8.

colinkiama says:

My 620 destroys my cousins iphone 5c in terms of facebook's startup. It's scary how fast it has become!

MarioJunior says:

These guys just throw "minor updates", and nothing more. Oh, go to fuc**** hell!


The development of this application, is a joke!



Joe Strouth says:

The change log isn't showing correctly. Missing: "should seem faster"

lhan13 says:

It seems like....... i see a notification that one of my friend just posted on instagram.. no i didn't see on my feeds but sure have on my notification and can take a look on the picture just posted.

itti_sam says:

this app is an example of a beginner programmer! i bet they release an update everytime the programmer write one line and hits "Save".

I recently found out that Facebook for Windows Phone drains my Nokia Lumia 1020's battery.

I uninstalled it (along with Facebook Messenger) and the battery went from 10-14 hours per day to 24-26 hours per day! That is a huge gain :)