How to Unhide a Post on Facebook (2023 Guide)

As a small business owner, I rely on Facebook to share updates, promotions, and other content with my followers. But occasionally, I’ll accidentally hide an important post and panic!

If this sounds familiar, don’t worry – you’re not alone. One survey found that 32% of Facebook users have accidentally hidden a post at some point.

The good news is that Facebook makes it easy to find and unhide posts, whether you’re on desktop or mobile. In this comprehensive guide, I’ll show you exactly how to do it.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Unhiding Facebook Posts

Unhide on Desktop

  1. Log into your Facebook account on a computer.
  2. Click the down arrow at the top right and select Settings & Privacy > Settings.
    Facebook desktop settings
  3. In the left sidebar, click Your Facebook information.
  4. Under “Your Facebook information,” click Activity log.
  5. Scroll to find the post marked with a crossed out eye icon. This means it’s hidden.
    Hidden post in Facebook activity log
  6. Hover over the post and click the crossed out eye icon.
  7. Click Unhide in the popup box.

The post will now be restored to your timeline!

Unhide on Mobile

You can also easily access and unhide posts in the Facebook mobile app:

  1. Open the Facebook app on your phone.
  2. Tap the three line menu in the top right corner.
  3. Scroll down and tap Activity log.
  4. Tap Filters at the top.
  5. Select Hidden from Timeline.
    Filter hidden posts in Facebook app
  6. Scroll to find the hidden post and tap it.
  7. Tap Unhide to restore the post.

Troubleshooting: Can’t Find the Post to Unhide?

If you can’t locate a post in your activity log to unhide, here are some tips:

  • Double check your activity log – this contains your full history.
  • Try searching for keywords from the post using Facebook’s search bar.
  • Check your archived messages if it was a private post.

According to Facebook, hidden posts remain on their server for 30 days before being deleted. So if it was recent, keep searching your activity log.

However, if a post still won’t unhide, possible reasons include:

  • The original post was deleted by the creator
  • It was shared by someone else so you can’t unhide it
  • It violated Facebook‘s policies and was removed

In this case, you would need to contact the original poster or Facebook support for help.

Managing Your Facebook Post Visibility

While unhiding posts is easy, you can also take steps to manage your Facebook post visibility in the first place:

Adjust Privacy Settings

Control who sees your posts by adjusting your privacy settings:

  • Go to Settings & Privacy > Privacy Shortcuts to manage visibility of future posts.
  • Go to Activity Log > Manage Posts to edit the audience for existing posts.

You can choose options like Public, Friends, Friends except…, and Only Me.

Facebook post audience selector

Limit Your Audience

When creating a post, use the audience selector to control exactly who can view it. You can even create customized friend lists like Close Friends.

Review Post Insights

Analyze the reach and engagement of your posts using the Insights tab. This can help you determine what content resonates most with your target audience.

Understand the Algorithm

Facebook‘s algorithm surfaces posts based on relevance and timeliness. Post consistently at optimal times and interact with followers to increase visibility.

Key Takeaways

As a business owner, unhiding accidental hidden posts quickly is essential. Here are the key tips covered:

  • Use the Activity Log to find and unhide posts on both desktop and mobile.
  • If a post can‘t be found, try searching keywords or checking archives.
  • Deleted or removed posts often can‘t be unhidden without help.
  • Manage visibility proactively with privacy settings and audience limitations.
  • Analyze insights and be aware of the algorithm to maximize reach.

I hope this guide helps you keep your Facebook content visible and avoid panic from accidental hides! Let me know if you have any other questions.