Post Status Updates and Photos to Facebook Via iOS on iPhone / iPad / iPod touch

Update: If you’ve upgraded to iOS 7 already, there’s a new way to do this. Please check this article instead.

While some speculated it’s probably due to a fallout between Apple and Facebook, others assume that the Facebook application for iOS developers just didn’t think it’s necessary to show which device photos and status updates are shared from. Unlike Blackberry that shows something like “via blackberry” below posts shared through the phone’s native Facebook app, the same doesn’t appear on iPhones. Instead, it appears like you’re sharing through your web browser instead of Facebook app. I’m not that sure it’s a big deal if your posts displays “via mobile” or whatever since you’re still actually on mobile but the truth is that quite a number of iPhone users would love to see their photos and status updates display “via iPhone” or something.

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With Facebook integration coming with iOS 6, this desired feature by some iOS users finally become a reality.

So how do you activate this?

First, you’ve got to be running iOS 6 or later on your device to get this to work and as a matter of fact, it’s got nothing to with with having the official Facebook app.

- Install iOS 6 and go to Settings > Facebook and log in to your Facebook. Grant the app the required permission if prompted.

- Now you have to be sure you have the Share Widget activated in the Notification Center. Go to Settings > Notification and activate the widget. I assume it should be there by default when you’ve signed in to Facebook but if it isn’t activated yet, just do it.

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- With that done, you can simply swipe the Notification Center down and you should see the widget there.

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- Tap on Post to Facebook and you’re good to go. Any status update shared through the Notification Center should display “via iOS.”

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To post photos “via iOS,” you only need to navigate to your photo library and tap the Options button, hit the Facebook icon to share the photo via iOS.

This only works on iOS 6 but if you’re still running iOS 5.1.1, you may still get Facebook integration by installing Fusion from Cydia.

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Author: Don Caprio

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  • http://Everydayfact.com Wintola Zainab

    Don Caprio,thanks For This Post,i Have Always Taught its not Possible to Show My Status via Iphone Except by Going To Some Websites that Fakes What You are Using To update Your Status.

    • jhelai

      me too.. im experiencing the same thing on my iphone5.. what will io do

  • @JustSommie

    Hi Don Caprio, love what you do. “…if you’re still running iOS 5.1.1, you may still get Facebook integration by installing Fusion from Cydia.” Does that mean jailbreaking my ipad? Thanks

    • http://www.doncaprio.com Don Caprio

      Yes, Sommie. You have to jailbreak to use Fusion. But why not upgrade to iOS 6 instead? if you don’t wanna jailbreak, that is.

  • http://www.ascratech.com/mobile-app-development Peter

    Hi,
    This blog is very nice and the everyone using informative, the Blackberry like “via blackberry” in usung facebooks app, the same doesn’t appear on iPhones.

  • chacha

    hi. but my iphone4s dont have the share widget. how?

    • http://www.doncaprio.com Don Caprio

      And you’re running iOS 6?

      • Guitar_gods

        Hi,

        I have iPhone5. I’m not able to post a status from notifications. There is no text box in share widget to post on FB. I’m using FB app. If I update a status using it, it shows updated via mobile. Uploaded pics display updated via ios but not status. :(
        Also, how can i create a picture album on FB and it should display updated via ios. ;)

  • mimay

    thanks! really helped a lot :D

  • Dyi2

    Hi my phone is running ips 6.0.2 i dont have share widget. How? Tnx.

  • http://slipost.com derek

    Big thanks boss
    Really helped appreciate it

  • siddhu

    This is extremely frustrating since everyone else in the world seems to post status/comments/pictures/etc from their iPhones and iPads and get the “via IOS or via ipad” except me.
    im on my ipad4 &ios6.0.1 can u help me plss :(

    • http://www.doncaprio.com Don Caprio

      It’s gonna work so far you follow the guide. :)

  • Paris

    Hey Don, I’m Paris from Vietnam.
    I got the Iphone 5. At the first time, when i upload or post everything : status,pics, check-ins,…….. They are also ” VIA IOS” ; But when i see that i wanna change, so i removed all the pictures in IOS photos ( ALbum ) to Mobile ALbum and i deleted IOS photos Album. Since everything came back as before. Nothing is ” VIA IOS” anymore. But now i just want everything ” VIA IOS” . I tried a lot of ways to fix it. Uninstall Facebook Apps for manytimes, but it doesn’t work. Can you help me ??? PLease !!!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.doncaprio.com Don Caprio

      Hi Paris,

      Go to phone settings and remove your Facebook account. Mow re-add your Facebook account, I think it should be back to normal.

  • Siopao

    Thanks. This helped me! I was wondering before why my posts don’t have this. Thanks, cool@

  • Clarsen

    Hi Don,

    Good day! I don’t have share widget on my iphone4. I already followed the steps you said, delete facebook and re-install/re-add it again but there is still no share widget on notification center. I’m on iOS 6.1. What should I do? Thank you!

    • http://www.doncaprio.com Don Caprio

      I’m out of ideas, Clarsen. So far you activated the widget from Notificatios settings, it ought to be there.

  • https://www.facebook.com/melai.macas mhei

    thank you so much,,

  • aashita

    hey !! i was able to post a status “via iOS” but there was no option for posting a photo “via iOS” from the notification center . Please help i want it to be shown that the photos have been uploaded “via iOS” or i want the photos to be under a particular ” iOS photo album”

    • http://www.doncaprio.com Don Caprio

      To post photos “via iOS,” you only need to navigate to your photo library and tap the Options button, hit the Facebook icon to share the photo via iOS.

      • Aira

        Hi.. I can’t see the Option button on my photo library. Can u help me pls.. Can u post the photo guidelines like on how on status update via iOS..thanks

        • Aira

          Still can’t do it on my uploaded photos. Hope u can help me. Can’t find the Option button on my photo library.thanks

      • nudrat

        i got the same problem :’( help us Don Caprio

      • Tushar

        hey don plese do tell how to maintin the custom privacy while updating a status,pics via ios.?
        In the right corner it only shows visible to friends,public and the name of list.,what if only i want to hide my status from a particular people, or from a particulr list…please help me out.

  • Jules

    So, how do you remove it? I don’t want “via ios” to appear in my posts

    • http://www.doncaprio.com Don Caprio

      Then use the native Facebook app, not the widget in the notification center.

  • bheng

    how to appear “IOS” in iphone 4?? thanks

  • bheng

    hi again don.. i dont have share widget too.. what im gonna do?? i have iphone 4s and i like to post update and photos “VIA IOS SIGNATURE”

  • Mhy

    Hello,now i can post my pics and status via ios one more thing is it possible to comment via ios too…

    • http://www.doncaprio.com Don Caprio

      No, that’s not possible.

  • Aira

    Hi! I can’t find the Option button on my Photo library. Can u help me pls.thanks

    • http://www.doncaprio.com Don Caprio

      The option button is at the bottom left.

      • Md. Shahidur Rahman Khukan

        Hello, I am using iOS 5.0.1 on my iPhone 4s. What will be my steps to follow to get ” via ios ” signature on Facebook ?

        • http://www.doncaprio.com Don Caprio

          This doesn’t work on iOS 5, it begins with iOS 6 upwards.

          • http://sr_khukan@yahoo.com Md. Shahidur Rahman Khukan

            Thanks. Would you help me telling the way to upgrade my iOS to 6

      • ramki

        Hi Don,
        How to share the photo from the photo album to particular group?? Am not getting all the specific groups or my customized group name which i have instead am getting only common groups like friends,family etc. How to share in my specific group from option button??

        • http://www.doncaprio.com Don Caprio

          I really don’t have a Facebook group so I wouldn’t know. I always share to my personal profile.

  • Grace

    Hi,I used ipad 4 andwhen I uploaded photos to facebook it appears uploaded via mobile and I amusing iOS 6?

    • http://www.doncaprio.com Don Caprio

      Hi Grace,

      Have you gone through the procedures explained in the article? It should work for you.

      • Grace

        Yes,I tried that but still not working

        • Grace

          I cant see tap to post

  • Grace

    Oh!I saw tap to post but how can I post pictures in facebook via iOS?thanks

  • http://www.fuoye.edu.ng FUOYE

    i was able to post a status “via iOS” but there was no option for posting a photo “via iOS” from the notification center . Please help i want it to be shown that the photos have been uploaded “via iOS” or i want the photos to be under a particular ” http://www.fuoye.edu.ng

    • http://www.doncaprio.com Don Caprio

      That’s explained in the last paragraph of the article.

  • http://www.alawodepeter.blogspot.com Peter

    Help, my iPhone 4 hangs after making calls n I always have to force restart it. iOS6.
    My name is Peter.

    • http://www.doncaprio.com Don Caprio

      A firmware restore should fix it. Or just restore factory settings.

  • http://www.adwebstudio-bahrain.com/web-hosting/ web hosting company in bahrain

    We are very happy with new technologies. i like you all give details about ipad , iphone , ipod. thanks for the informative post.

  • Topu

    Dear boss, i m using 4s with 6.1.3 but i dont have share widget. I only buy i phone to showing my status via ios.plz plz help to find it out.its my request.topu

  • ydramskie

    Thank you for sharing!! Helped a lot!

  • http://www.almondzhotel.com Delhi Hotel

    thanks :) m gonna try ..

  • eduardo

    Hey,
    thanks for helping us with this :) I was able to upload a photo to iOS photos and posted someting ‘via iOS’. Everything went well.

    I was wondering if there is a way to move some photos i took with my iphone from the Mobile Uploads album, onto the iOS photos album. I uploaded them from the fbapp before knowing how to do this. I tried moving them, but the iOS photo album doesn’t appear as an option for it.
    Thank you :)

    • http://www.doncaprio.com Don Caprio

      Hi Eduardo,

      I’ve never tried moving photos from the iOS album and I can’t try it right now because I don’t own a Facebook personal profile anymore.

  • kaju

    I m from india i have iphone 5 m not anle to write via ios in my status update sir plz help me for this i have share widget n dat is on

    • clary

      just follow the instructions above ma’am and you’ll get it..
      i tried it and now i can post status in facebook “via iOs”.

  • Sandhya Sharma

    Vry helpful. Thank u so much :)

  • siraj

    sir,
    iam using iphone 4s with ios 5.1.1. as per your comand i downloaded fusion but i cant use it.
    please help me how to add signature on facebook while uploading photos or staus

    • http://www.doncaprio.com Don Caprio

      For now, I think the best alternative is to upgrade to the latest iOS version. The only issue is jailbreaking the device.

  • siraj

    sir
    please guid me which is the latest ios for me to solve my problem

  • Suzanna

    Thank you so much now I can post my facebook status nod photos via iOS but I’m sad I can’t make my comments via iOS it’s still via mobile.

  • Steel

    Hi there just wanna ask how to tag your friends when using the share widget on uploading pictures..tnx!

    • http://www.doncaprio.com Don Caprio

      I really don’t know if that feature is supported. I’ve never tried it.

  • Gurpreet Singh

    Q1.Can i share my location on facebook which shows “via iOS6″ each time when i “check-in” using my iphone 5?However,i am able to post and share my pics on facebook which shows “via iOS6″ but not confirmed about “check-in”.

    Q2.When i make a call to any customer care center then i am not able to hear properly from the another end.I don’t know what is the properly with my iphone5?However,i am not facing this problem using my another phone which is samsung/Sony ericsson.Please help.

  • clary

    it really helps Don.. i posted my first status “via iOs”…
    thanks dude..! you’re the man! keep it up! (y) lol

  • Nishad

    Thanks a lot

  • Kiddie

    I cant see the share widget… Is it an application that i need to download?

  • Mohan Krishna

    Thank You, Don Caprio!!

  • Pat

    Can you help with this, please? When I send a picture from my iphone5 to Facebook, it goes to an IOS album. But every comment anyone has ever made on every picture in that album shows up under the picture..as does everyone that ever liked any picture in the entire album. How do I stop this from happening?
    Thank you in advance!!

  • alex

    how to post feelings on facebook via IOS?

    • http://www.doncaprio.com Don Caprio

      I’m not sure that is supported at the moment as far as I know.

  • http://Hotmail.com Joan

    Thanks! It worked! That really helped! :) ;)

  • jitesh

    hi don , i am using iphone 4 version 6.1.3 , still i am not getting facebook widget. Please help.

    • http://www.doncaprio.com Don Caprio

      Did you activate the widget from Settings > Notifications?

  • jack

    Me too!
    Can you help with this, please? When I send a picture from my iphone5 to Facebook, it goes to an IOS album. But every comment anyone has ever made on every picture in that album shows up under the picture..as does everyone that ever liked any picture in the entire album. How do I stop this?

  • Tushar

    hey don plese do tell how to maintin the custom privacy while updating a status,pics via ios.?
    In the right corner it only shows visible to friends,public and the name of list.,what if only i want to hide my status from a particular people, or from a particulr list…please help me out.

  • Zeusczech

    How to post comment on smbdy status with via ios appearing? Also if there is a way to show apple icon nd name of d device as i c of sm ppl…..im using ipad 4…

  • http://Juned.com Juned

    I want that if i upload a widget it show via apple i have i phone 4s

  • http://goole siraj

    how could i get restriction password on my iphone 4s 6.1.3 ios

  • vik

    hi i updated my iphone 6 ios to 7 but now its wi fi is not workung and also when i update status on facebook or upload a photo ..it never says via ios…help me plsss

    • http://www.doncaprio.com Don Caprio

      For the Wi-Fi issue, Reset network settings by tapping Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

      If it doesn’t work, you may complain at the Apple support forum.

  • Clarsen

    Hi Don,

    Does “via ios” can only be seen in ios 6 not in ios 7 anymore? If it is still working in ios 7, how it will appear on iphone 4? Thanks!

    • http://www.doncaprio.com Don Caprio

      Hi Clarsen,

      So far Apple still uses the same App ID used in the Faceboo application in both iOS versions, it should still show via iOS. I’m yet to upgrade to iOS 7 cuz I don’t wanna lose my jailbreak on iOS 6… I haven’t had the chance to actually get to use iOS 7 that much.

      But I believe it should still be the same so far iOS 7 has the same share widget you need to activate to show this.

  • http://Yahoo.com Jeff macaraig

    Hi don why my iphone5 doesnt have widget thing? I cant really find it in notification

    • http://www.doncaprio.com Don Caprio

      I think this has been removed from iOS 7.

  • http://Yahoo.com Jeff macaraig

    I cant post picture via ios please help me

  • http://Yahoo.com Jeff macaraig

    I updated 7.0.2 i cant post anything via ios also my iphone doesn’t have shate widget what will i do? Thanks