Facebook has established itself as the social media giant. And rightly so! With its innovative features that let you post the latest updates and life events–this social network is loved by all. One such feature is “Check In”. The “Check In” post lets people know your whereabouts. You can visit a restaurant, park, or any business, and post the details of that event and place on your timeline. Facebook rolled out the “Check In” feature in 2010, but its popularity is still the same. In this article, you will learn how to check in on Facebook using your mobile or desktop.

Check in from mobile

In this age of smartphones, it is no surprise that you carry them everywhere making it easier to check in on Facebook. Sharing to let your friends know where you are at? Want your friends to join you for a meetup? You can do all of this by checking in to your favorite places using your smartphone. Here is how.

Log in to your account

Locate the Facebook app on your mobile phone. Log in to your account, if not already logged in. This will take you to your news feed.

Tap the “Check In” button

At the top of the screen, you will find the “Check In” button. This is located below the “What’s on your mind?” box.  Tap on this button. Facebook may ask you to enable location. So do that if you want to share your location with your friends.

Select a location


When you enable your location, it will show you a list of nearby places. These can be any places from restaurants and businesses to people’s homes. If you find the place you want to Check In to, select it from the list. Or you can also search for your desired place by typing the name in the search box. When your place shows up on the list, click on it.

Add a comment

After that, you will see the “Check In” screen. You can add a comment to describe the place or event. This will give it the feel of a status update.

Add photos

Do you wish to add photos or videos to make your update more exciting? You can do that too. Just locate the option of photos and videos at the bottom of the screen. And choose the ones you want to post from your camera roll. Now your Check In will have some visual appeal as well.

Tag your friends

You can also tag the people you are with. Simply click on the Tag People option at the bottom of the screen. And select the names from the list. If you don’t see them on the list, then you can search for them in the search bar. Type in their name and their profile will show up. Click on it to tag them to your “Check In” post.

But do keep in mind to ask people before tagging them. As some prefer to keep their activities private.  

Choose a privacy setting

You can also choose the privacy setting you like. Whether you want to hide your activity from your boss. Or you want to share the post with just your friends. You can choose the privacy option to share it with Friends or Custom Friends. If you choose Custom Friends, then you can restrict certain people in your friend list from viewing your post.

Share the post

All that is left for you to do is tap the Post button. And voila! Your post will now be added to your timeline and in your friends’ News Feed.

People can like or comment on your Check In. If they are near you, they may even drop by.

Check in from the desktop

The “Check In” update is most commonly done through mobile devices. Because let’s be honest. No one takes their laptop to the movies or a hangout. However, if you are going on a trip and want to Check In from your hotel or the airport. Then, you probably will have your laptop with you. So, if you want to know how to post a Check In from your desktop then keep reading.

Go to the Facebook website

Visit the Facebook website. And log in to your account. At the top of the window, you will find a “What’s on your mind?” box. Click on this box and a menu will appear in front of you.

Click “Check In”


From the options, select the “Check In” icon. This icon is shaped like a location pin. After that, you will see a box asking you the place you are at.

Select a location

When you click on this box, a list with all your previous locations will show up. If you see your desired location on the list then click on it. Else you can type the name of the place in the search bar. Once you see your location, click on it.

Add comments, pictures, and tag people

You can add a comment to your Check In to give more details. If you want to show some pictures, then you can add them too. This will make your “Check In” status update more appealing. Additionally, you can tag the people you are with. But make sure that you take permission from others before you tag them in your post. You can also adjust the privacy settings as you like. And after all is done, click on the share button at the bottom of the screen.

Now you know how to check in on Facebook successfully.

How to set up a “Check In” option for your business

Business owners are increasingly using Facebook to promote their business. And this option of “Check In” provides word of mouth for them. here is how you can set up this feature for your business:

  • Log in to your Facebook account. Open the page for your business.
  • Go to the About section of the page.
  • There you will find the option of “Edit Page Info”. Click on that.
  • Then find the “Has a street address” option. Click on the checkbox next to this option.
  • Next, look for the “Customers visit my business at my address” option. You will find this option under the map. Tick the checkbox next to this option.
  • Finish the process by clicking on “Save Changes”.

Now whenever customers visit your business, they can add a Check In to your place. This will give your business a boost.

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