Force the Facebook App to Use External Browser

March 20th, 2019 by steve shields

The other day I clicked a link in the Facebook Android App and it took me to Facebook’s internal browser. I feel sure I had changed this to open links in Chrome instead, but it was opening it in the Facebook web browser.

At first I didn’t even notice it. When I did, I thought, it wasn’t a big deal.

But then, one web page it opened wanted me to enter my credentials for that page.


So I searched the web to change it.

How do you get the Facebook App to use Chrome for external links?

Every time I thought I found the solution, it was for an older version of the app. In those older versions, it was a high-menu-level option. In today’s Facebook App, it’s buried clear at the bottom of a settings page under a rather poorly designated heading.

Here’s how to change it:

  1. Open your Facebook App.
  2. Select the Menu icon (the three horizontal lines in the corner).
  3. Scroll down and select Settings & Privacy.
  4. Select Settings.
  5. Scroll down and select Media and Contacts.
  6. Select “Links open externally” setting to On.

And there you have it.

That’s how to make the Facebook App open websites in Chrome instead of their internal browser.

You Probably Haven’t Been Hacked

January 9th, 2019 by steve shields

Have you received the message on Facebook that says, “I’ve been hacked”? Or “You’ve been hacked! You’d better change your password”? It’s probably not the case.

Here’s what’s probably happening….

A bad actor sets up a Facebook account in Willis’ name and steals Willis’ profile picture.

Then he looks at Willis’ existing friends and makes friend requests of them.

Willis has not been hacked. Willis is being impersonated.

Willis’ friends have hundreds of Facebook friends so they don’t remember whether they are friends with Willis or not, so they accept the request.

Then Fake-Willis sends them a message: “Hey – I am stranded in Costa Rica with no money. Can you wire me some?!”

So Willis probably doesn’t need to change his password.

He (and his Facebook friends) need to report the Fake-Willis account to Facebook.

SOLVED: How to Subscribe to iTunes Podcast with an Android App

October 31st, 2018 by steve shields

I want to subscribe to a podcast, but I can’t find it when I search for it by name with my Android app.

And I can’t find the RSS link.

Sound familiar?

How do you subscribe to an iTunes podcast with PocketCasts?

How do you subscribe to an iTunes podcast with Google Play Music?

You need the RSS link.

But many podcast sites, without intending to do so, hide the RSS link for an iTunes podcast.

Fortunately, there’s a solution.

It’s at this web site:

Here’s how to use it:

  1. Go to the iTunes site or SoundCloud site for your podcast and copy the url from your browser.(at the top of the screen).
  2. Paste that url into the field at and the service will retrieve the public RSS feed of the podcast.
  3. Paste that information into the search field of PocketCasts or whatever podcast catcher you use on your Android.