- Facebook is the world's most famous social network with over 2.5 billion users.
- If you prefer to have more control over the data Facebook collects on you, you can use a browser to connect to the platform instead of the app.
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People spend a lot of time on Facebook. Whether you spend your time chatting with your friends, scrolling through the feed, or playing games, Facebook has a great set of features to enable this.
With this website’s popularity, the number of users found on Facebook is constantly increasing. People need to be connected to their loved ones, so using a single platform in order to do all this has a great advantage.
Having your entire database of information (photos, check-ins, posted quotes and songs, friends lists, etc. ) in one place can become problematic if the owners of the site don’t respect the privacy of their users.
Even though online privacy concerns are a big subject in the last couple of years, the tool we use to explore the web is extremely important.
For these reasons, in this article, we will explore some of the best software options on the market that allow you to browse Facebook securely, and avoid sharing any unwanted data with third parties.
Even though any browser can access Facebook, not all of them offer the same versatility, customization options, and privacy settings. If you want to get the best experience possible, all these factors come into play and are of great significance overall.
What are the best browsers for Facebook?
What makes Opera such an excellent browser for Facebook? Its built-in tracker blocker, adblocker and customization options, and messenger integration.
As you all know, Facebook, just like many tech giants out there, tracks your activity so as to collect as much information about you as possible. This information is then used to profile you. The worst part is that Facebook tracks you even when you’re not logged in.
Opera features a built-in tracker blocker that prevents trackers from monitoring your online activities and makes these trackers visible to you. Of course, some of these trackers are good as they help websites to tailor the best possible experience for you.
But if you want to block pestering ad trackers, simply toggle on Opera’s tracker blocker. You can enable this option for individual sites only.
All in all, here’s what really sets Opera apart as the best browser for Facebook: You can easily integrate Facebook Messenger right within the browser.
And you get the full experience: get notifications straight in the sidebar, send a text message, chat or even send photos – just like you would with a separate app.
You can even pin messenger chats! This lets you chat with a friend while browsing webpages. And if some of your friends are using WhatsApp instead of Facebook Messenger, don’t worry. There’s a WhatsApp integration available as well!
OperaWith Messenger and WhatsApp integration, Opera is by far the best browser to use for Facebook and more.
UR Browser is one of the best browser options for using Facebook on your Windows 10 PC. This browser offers you the full package.
With UR Browser, you get incredibly fast loading speeds, great customization options, and unbeatable security and privacy.
The architecture of this browser was built specifically for processing data at lightning speeds and offers you the possibility to increase its features even more by downloading add-ons and extensions. The options in this category are almost unlimited.
You can customize the way UR Browser works and looks, from a beautiful and user-friendly interface that gives you quick access to any settings.
Arguably, the strongest points of UR Browser are security and privacy features. This software protects your privacy while you browse by using a powerful built-in VPN (Virtual Private Network) service, automatically scans all the files you want to download before actually starting the process, and it also doesn’t load any trackers or ads by default.
UR BrowserBased on Chromium, it's fully compatible with Facebook and loads the web app very fast.
A close second to UR Browser on our list is Mozilla Firefox. This software has decent processing speeds, and it has a low impact on system resources.
You have access to a wide range of add-ons that can extend the capabilities of Mozilla Firefox. You can download extensions like adblockers, VPN apps, and others.
Even though the VPN apps that can be downloaded are efficient in hiding your identity online, the fact that they are not built-in makes them run slower.
Compared to UR Browser, Firefox gives you access to tools to protect you from ads, but the level of proficiency differs for the same reason we mentioned above: not built into the software.
This means that the addons are usually the third party, so the capability to use them efficiently is reduced considerably.
Overall, Firefox is a good browser to use with Facebook, but the third-party extensions and the privacy settings put this software in the second position.
There’s no need for the list of extensive explanations when it comes to well-known Google Chrome. Chrome has a wide range of add-ons and extensions available for free download from the Chrome Store that can extend the capabilities.
Even though the add-ons and extensions are useful, every one of them slows down the speed considerably.
More than that, every new tab you open in Chrome creates a new process in your Task Manager. If your computer is not powerful enough, you will more than likely experience lagging when downloading, or loading a page.
Chrome still is a great browser, but because of the issues mentioned above, it came on the 3rd place in this list.
In this article, we explored some of the best browser options on the market that allow you to keep private online while using Facebook.
The best pick for this task is by far is UR Browser, offering you access to built-in VPN service, incredibly powerful privacy capabilities, and great loading speeds for any webpage.
Feel free to let us know about your opinion by using the comment section below.
FAQ: Learn more about Facebook and browsers
- What browser is best for Facebook?
If you’re a PC user, the best browsers you can use for Facebook are UR Browser (privacy-wise), Opera (fast and reliable) and Chrome (which has a huge library of compatible extensions).
- Does Facebook support Internet Explorer?
Facebook no longer supports Internet Explorer. The social media platform relies heavily on HTML5 to render multimedia content and IE is not compatible with this technology.
- How do I see my Facebook browsing history?
Currently, there is no method you can use to view your Facebook browsing history. You can only see information such as the ads you clicked on, your activity log or saved post but you can’t see your browsing history.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.