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Where Are Pokes on the Facebook App?

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Poking on Facebook is a great conversation starter. Although it is not the most widely used feature on Facebook today, it is still an available feature. It is so uncommon that many people don’t even know about it or know how to use it anymore. So, where are pokes on the Facebook app? 

Quick Answer

If someone poked you or you poked someone, there are two ways you can navigate to the poke section using the Facebook app. Firstly, you can use the search bar to find the “Poke” page or go through the Settings menu

There is no clear-cut definition of the term Facebook poke. Facebook created the poke feature with no specific purpose. Hence, people can interpret the poke in different ways. But popularly, it was interpreted as a way of flirting or just being funny.

Keep reading to find out more about where to find pokes on the Facebook app. 

How To Check Your Pokes With the Facebook App

While it may appear as though Facebook removed the poke feature, in reality, they didn’t. In December 2017, Facebook decided to give other features a more prominent placement on users’ profiles over the poke feature. This explains why the “Poke” button seemed like it was no longer a feature on Facebook.  

If Facebook didn’t remove the poke feature, how then can one know if they were poked or poked others? Well, there are two ways to find the poke page on Facebook. Whether you are using the Facebook app on your smartphone or accessing Facebook via the website, you should be able to find the poke page easily using either of the methods below. 

Method #1: Search Bar 

The search bar is one of the widely used features on Facebook. When you launch your Facebook app or access Facebook via the web page, you can see the search bar at the very top of the page. While the search bar is used by many to find friends, pages, and so on by entering keywords, that is not the only use of the search bar on Facebook. 

Here’s how to use the search bar to find pokes.

  1. Launch the Facebook app on your smartphone and tap on the search bar. 
  2. Type “Poke” in the search bar and tap on the search icon
  3. From the displayed result, tap on the first option to poke your friends and see who has poked you. 
  4. You can use the search bar in the poke section to search for a friend you want to poke or scroll through the list of friends that poked you. 
Keep in Mind

You can only poke someone once, and if the person pokes you back, you can poke the person again, and the cycle can continue.

Method #2: Facebook Settings Menu 

Another way to navigate the poke page is using the Facebook Settings menu. This method is a bit more technical as it depends on you frequently using the poke feature to be able to navigate to the poke page. We recommend using the first method discussed in this article as it is more straightforward. But if you don’t want to use that method, you can always use this method. 

Here’s how to use the Facebook Settings menu to find pokes.

  1. Open the Facebook app on your smartphone, scroll to the bottom of your screen, and tap on the “More” button. 
  2. If you use the “Poke” feature often, you should see the poke button in this section; if not, tap on the “App” icon.
  3. In the “App” menu, search and click on the “Poke” option. 
  4. In this section, you can see the list of friends that poke you and search for friends you want to poke. 
Quick Tip

You can set your Facebook account’s privacy so that only people on your friend list can poke you. If you don’t have this option enabled, a stranger can poke you, and if you poke the stranger back, they can view your profile for three days.

Conclusion 

If you have been poking recently and don’t know how to view it, hopefully, you can use the methods in this article to respond. It all comes down to the relationship dynamic you have with the person. While some users may find the idea of someone sending them to poke messages obnoxious, others find it sweet and flirtatious. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Why can’t I poke someone more than once? 

You can’t poke a user multiple times because Facebook attempts to prevent people from spamming other users’ notification centers with poke messages. When you send someone a poke message, Facebook will send them a notification. So, if they don’t respond to the poke message, it’s not because they didn’t get a notification but because they don’t want to react to the poke. Hence, it’s pointless sending it multiple times. 

Can you delete pokes on Facebook? 

If someone sends you a poke and you’d rather not poke the person back, you can dismiss the poke to clear up your notification page. To delete a poke, navigate to the “Poke” page on your smartphone, tap on the name of the person that poked you, then from the displayed option, tap on “Dismiss Poke” to clear it. 

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