How to Poke on Facebook

How to Poke on Facebook in 2024

Published on: March 18, 2022
Last Updated: March 18, 2022

How to Poke on Facebook in 2024

Published on: March 18, 2022
Last Updated: March 18, 2022

Facebook is the largest social media platform in the world.

It hosts over 3.5 billion active users with 2.91 billion active users monthly and a staggering 36.8% of the world’s population uses Facebook monthly.

Since its launch in 2004, Facebook has changed its features, tools, and UI to better suit the changing times.

While fresh users enjoy a plethora of exciting features, they miss out on the fun of some old features long buried with time.

One such feature is poking on Facebook.

The poking feature acted as an icebreaker while making friends on Facebook. People loved it and still do. But can you still use the poking feature?

Yes, you can poke people on Facebook. Facebook has evolved over the years but kept this feature active for users who find it useful.

How can you poke someone on Facebook?

In this article, we’ll discuss all about Facebook’s poking feature.

You’ll also learn the answer to the question: How to poke on Facebook? 

What’s the Deal with Facebook Poke?

Facebook Poke

Before jumping to the prime topic of this article: How to poke on Facebook, you need to understand what Facebook poke is.

Facebook allows users to poke each other on the platform. It’s the same as a like, but with more purpose.

When you like someone’s post, you tell them you appreciate the content they have posted.

Similarly, when you poke someone, it can mean different things based on the intention with which you poke. Usually, it means you want to speak with them.

Say you want someone’s attention but are hesitant about putting the tedious process of forming coherent sentences.

You can achieve this by simply poking that person. Facebook says a poke has a unique meaning, and you have to come up with your own.

Is Poking Still Possible?

Well, most people believe Facebook’s evolution has killed the poke feature from the platform.

But it’s incorrect. This is because you can still poke users on Facebook.

Poking isn’t as popular as it was in the early days of Facebook. But you can use the poke feature.

What Does a Poke Mean?

A poke has a unique meaning. It could mean something different to you than to your friend.

Every time you poke someone, they receive a notification telling you poked them. 

Now, they have the option to poke you back.

Facebook introduced this feature so that people could form their own meaning behind a poke. But there are a few common meanings of a poke.

If you want a conversation with someone but have zero clue of breaking the ice, you can poke that person, telling them you want to talk.

Another situation where people poke is to grab someone’s attention. You can even poke people with whom you haven’t talked for a while. This will tell, you still value them.

The meaning of a poke entirely depends on the intentions with which you poke.

How to Poke on Facebook?

Now, let’s address the prime question: How to poke on Facebook?

You can poke users on the platform through the official Facebook website or mobile application. We’ll discuss the process for each of them.

On a Website

Facebook Poke desk

If you are using the Facebook website, you need to log in by entering the correct credentials. Now, at the top of the screen, you’ll find the search bar, where you have to search for the Pokes Page.

On this page, you’ll see a list of all your friends on Facebook.

Facebook Poke

You can also find the people you have poked in the past and users who have poked you back.

Facebook Poke

That’s it. Now, all you have to do is find the person you want to poke and poke them as many times as you want. Each time you poke someone, they’ll receive a notification.

On a Mobile Device

Facebook Poke Mobile

Most people use Facebook from their mobile device. Hence, it’s critical to know how to poke on a mobile device.

The first thing you need to do is find the Pokes Page. You can do this by searching for the Pokes Page in the search bar at the top of the screen.

Now, put the name of the person you want to poke into the search box and poke them.

Facebook Poke Mobile Search

You can even create a shortcut on your phone to access the pokers’ page quickly. To achieve this, add the page to your screen from the settings present at the top of the screen.

Facebook Poke

How Can You Poke Back on Facebook?

Poke Back

If someone has poked you, you can poke them back. To achieve this, you need to open the pokes page, search for that person and poke them.

You can also click on the button saying Poke Back!

Poke Back


There you have it. Now you know all about the poker feature on Facebook. You also know how to poke someone on using the website and the mobile application.

Each poke is unique. Its meaning depends on your intentions. Pokes are also fun and many users love creating a poke streak. I hope this article helps.

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Written by Jason Wise

Hello! I’m the editor at EarthWeb, with a particular interest in business and technology topics, including social media, privacy, and cryptocurrency. As an experienced editor and researcher, I have a passion for exploring the latest trends and innovations in these fields and sharing my insights with our readers. I also enjoy testing and reviewing products, and you’ll often find my reviews and recommendations on EarthWeb. With a focus on providing informative and engaging content, I am committed to ensuring that EarthWeb remains a leading source of news and analysis in the tech industry.