Search bar appeared on top of Facebook app, how do I remove it?

sunking101

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Any ideas? I haven't updated the app (there are no updates) and yet the search bar appeared today.
 

C DM

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Facebook is always trying different options/layouts with some small subsets of users both with their site on the web and their mobile site and apps. Some users occasionally will get a slightly different layout either for a bit of time or for quite a long time. It's been like that for quite a while, just not that many people are often part of these trials, but randomly various people will get into one or another.
 

sunking101

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Facebook is always trying different options/layouts with some small subsets of users both with their site on the web and their mobile site and apps. Some users occasionally will get a slightly different layout either for a bit of time or for quite a long time. It's been like that for quite a while, just not that many people are often part of these trials, but randomly various people will get into one or another.
Even without an actual app update? It can just 'happen'? Blimey, I never knew that.
 

sunking101

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I have it too. I quite like it as it's easier to search Facebook now. It does disappear when you scroll down.
This crappy search bar makes the screen smaller. I use the search feature less than 1% of the time, so for me it is unnecessary to have a quicklink which robs screen real estate.
 

C DM

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This might actually even be a new design (change) that is (slowly) rolling out to everyone/most.
 

bbfc

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This crappy search bar makes the screen smaller. I use the search feature less than 1% of the time, so for me it is unnecessary to have a quicklink which robs screen real estate.
So when you are scrolling through Facebook, it will disappear.

it's not much of an issue really.
 

sunking101

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So when you are scrolling through Facebook, it will disappear.

it's not much of an issue really.
True. I just hoped I could switch it off. I still don't understand how Facebook can change something on my phone without me updating or allowing it :-/
 

bbfc

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True. I just hoped I could switch it off. I still don't understand how Facebook can change something on my phone without me updating or allowing it :-/
Well they can. They changed something on THEIR app, not your phone. They often alter the UI on the server side.

I think you are making this into something it's not. It's a simple UI change. Nothing more.

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This might actually even be a new design (change) that is (slowly) rolling out to everyone/most.
I didn't notice it earlier on today, so maybe you are right.
 

sunking101

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Well they can. They changed something on THEIR app, not your phone. They often alter the UI on the server side.

I think you are making this into something it's not. It's a simple UI change. Nothing more.
I have never known that to happen before and always assumed that apps stayed the same until I physically updated them, presuming an update is available. Learn something every day.
 

bbfc

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I have never known that to happen before and always assumed that apps stayed the same until I physically updated them, presuming an update is available. Learn something every day.
Facebook are forever altering the UI of the app and their website, which seems to change daily. Sometimes they put in the release notes of an update something along the lines of 'Rolling out to everyone soon' in regards to a UI change. Spotify also do it.
 

sunking101

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Facebook are forever altering the UI of the app and their website, which seems to change daily.
I've just never noticed silent UI updates before and had assumed it was something to do with the iOS update, seeing how the search bar seems to mimic the spotlight search pulldown bar.
 

C DM

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I've never searched Facebook. What do you search for? Does one use it instead of Google or Bing?
Search as a quick way to go to other Facebook pages (timelines of other users, groups, pages for products, people, etc.), and you can actually do searches for more complex things as well.
 

C DM

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Well they can. They changed something on THEIR app, not your phone. They often alter the UI on the server side.

I think you are making this into something it's not. It's a simple UI change. Nothing more.

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I didn't notice it earlier on today, so maybe you are right.
Just got it on my phone too, but at least on mine the background of the search text field is a shade of blue (with lighter text) rather than just a big white search box that I saw on another phone earlier. Sounds like some sort of a redesign is rolling out even for mobile apps.
 

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I have never known that to happen before and always assumed that apps stayed the same until I physically updated them, presuming an update is available. Learn something every day.
Well, if you think about it, Facebook is changing all the time as your friends post statuses and make comments etc. It's by nature a dynamic application that connects to the internet to receive updates which determine its content (vs something like the Calculator app which is static). Once you understand that, it's not much more of a step to think that the layout of those content updates can also be amended dynamically. The contents and layouts we view through Safari are always changing too - without Safari updates! :D
 

Crusoe

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Facebook's UI is set on the server side, not defined in the app itself. They can make changes on the fly for some or all users.

I read some time ago - possibly around September last year - an article explaining this, but I'm damned if I can find it now.