Drafts are an uber-cool feature that lets you jot down your favorite thoughts and take a small hiatus while you contemplate its effect on the recipient. G-mail automatically creates a draft every time you exit an incomplete email and slowly the drafts feature is extending to other popular applications as well. Surprisingly, Facebook has had a great Drafts feature for quite a long which is unknown by many users.
Facebook’s create and find Drafts feature might not be as powerful as the G-mail one but gets the job done if you need to think about the post before publishing it. Its process is not as streamlined as it should be but it is better to have something rather than nothing. I will be discussing how to create and find Drafts on Facebook’s Android application as well as the Website version.
Create and Find Drafts on Facebook App
- Open the Facebook application on your Android device and go to the section which reads ‘What’s on your mind?’.
- Type in your message and then click on the back arrow button located to the left of the ‘Create Post’ label.
- You will be prompted with a message asking you to choose between a draft creation, continue editing, or discarding the post. Click on the ‘Save as Draft‘ option.
- You will immediately notice a notification pop up in your device’s notification pane as well as the notification icon of the Facebook application.
- Now, to access the Draft you just created, click on the notification you received and click on the three dots that will present two options.
- Select the ‘Open Draft‘ option and you will be directed to the unpublished draft that you saved a few minutes back.
- You can now edit and make changes to the content and also post it after you are done with the modifications.
Note: The create and find Drafts option has its limitations. You cannot access a Draft that you created more than three days back. It is done to save clutter pileup but keep in mind if you have something important to post.
Create and find Drafts on Facebook’s website
You can easily create and find drafts on Facebook App for Android devices but the website experience isn’t nearly as good as the application one. There are many restrictions posed by the Facebook website that only allows you to create and edit Drafts on a Facebook page. That too is only possible if you have the necessary admin rights and permissions. I don’t know why Facebook hasn’t fixed it yet or when do they intend to make the create and edit Drafts on the website identical to the feature in the mobile application.
Here are the necessary steps to create and find Drafts on Facebook’s website:
- Login to your Facebook account and go to the page where you have administrator rights. Navigate to the left corner of the page and scroll to find the ‘Publishing Tools‘ option under the ‘Manage Page‘ pane.
- Click on ‘Publishing Tools‘ and then select the ‘Drafts‘ option under the Posts section. A new window will open on the right.
- Click on the ‘Create‘ button located to the extreme right of the drafts box.
- A Post window will pop up where you can create a sample post that you want to save as a draft. After making the necessary additions, click on the ‘Save as Draft‘ button located at the bottom.
- Now, you will notice that a post appears in the list that is mentioned under the Draft section which is set to the descending order of the upload date. If it doesn’t load automatically reload the page.
- You can click on the post to make further edits before you finally release it on the page.
- To publish the post from the Facebook Drafts section, select the post and click on the ‘Publish’ option under the ‘Actions‘ button.
- Facebook will prompt you about your decision. If you want to go for it, click on the ‘Publish‘ button.
- Now navigate to the ‘Published Posts‘ option on the publishing tools page. You will see that the post that was earlier in the draft is now released on the page. You can also check your page to verify the action.
Note: The create and find Drafts option in the Facebook website version is a little complicated and jittery. You may notice some kind of unresponsiveness that can be removed by reloading or repeating the steps.
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