Social networking basics: How to log into Facebook
As an avid Facebooker, you’ll need to know how to navigate through the social networking giant, including account login. In this simple tutorial, let’s cover the basics: how to log into Facebook and how to begin managing your Facebook account. Let’s get going!
First, you’ll need to have signed up for Facebook as an active user before you’ll have the ability to login. If you haven’t done so already, log onto http://www.facebook.com and fill out the form on the homepage to get started with building your profile. Enter the following basic identifiers to begin registration:
- First Name
- Last Name
- Email verification (re-enter your email)
- Establish a password
- Select your gender
- Select your birthday
After you have entered your basic identifiers, go ahead and click Sign Up. Next, you’ll have to verify your entry by filling out a Captcha, an entry verification form used by Facebook to ensure you’re “human” and not a robot. Afterward, you will receive a confirmation email from Facebook confirming the creation of your new account.
After you’ve received your email verification, go ahead and click on the link within your email to confirm your email address. Now, you’ll be able to log into your account. To do so, simply:
- Open an internet browser, such as Firefox or Safari
- Log onto http://www.facebook.com
- In the right-hand corner, go ahead and access the login area (email and password text box)
- Enter your email address
- Enter your password
- Click “Sign In” to enter your Facebook dashboard
Congrats! You should now be logged into your personal Facebook dashboard. If you have encountered any problems logging into Facebook, try resetting your existing password by clicking on the “Forgot your password” link beneath the password text box on the homepage.
Once you have successfully accessed your Facebook account, you can now access your main Facebook dashboard, also called the News Feed. If you have not added any friends yet, your News Feed will not contain any information. However, once you add friends, you’ll begin to enjoy the full features of Facebook including the News Feed feature.
Next steps: Add your friends! A great way to add friends to your Facebook profile is by uploading an email contact list, such as one you may already be using through Gmail or Yahoo!. Check out our tutorial guide on how to find friends on Facebook to begin enjoying your Facebook account right away.