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How to Find Drafts On Facebook

William Nozak

Have you ever wondered what “Saved as a draft” means on Facebook? Here’s what you need to know about making and saving drafts on the most popular social media network. 

In the landscape of social media, Facebook remains a platform where users curate memories, share life updates, and express opinions. Among its myriad features is the ability to create “drafts.” These are unfinished pieces of text, posts begun but, for one reason or another, left unpublished. 

How Drafts Are Created

Imagine Sarah, an avid Facebook user. Late one evening, she begins to pen her thoughts about a recent vacation. The words flow smoothly, paired with selected photographs showcasing breathtaking sunsets and candid moments. Yet, just before clicking ‘Post,’ she hesitates. 

She wonders if her words truly capture the essence of her experience. Maybe the hour is late, and fatigue clouds her judgment. Choosing to be careful, Sarah saves the post as a draft. If she were to fall asleep or accidentally close the window or application, it would be auto-saved as a draft. 

The draft could be found the next day, and she might finish her work. If she is a content creator, she may continue and improve on what she wrote the previous night. If she’s like most people, maybe she gets busy and forgets what she was doing. 

Days or even weeks later, she might stumble upon this draft. The initial emotions might have faded, replaced by the daily grind or new adventures. But these drafts serve as reminders of moments paused, of stories only half-told. 

For some, revisiting these Facebook drafts can be a journey in itself, an opportunity to reflect, edit, and even complete the narrative. For others, drafts become digital artifacts, relics of feelings and thoughts once deemed share-worthy but now forgotten.

While Facebook’s primary function is to connect people and share moments, its draft feature offers a unique space. It’s a digital diary of sorts, holding the unfinished tidbits of our experiences. They wait for the time when they see the light or remain silent witnesses to our personal stories.

How to Save Drafts

The first step in using drafts on Facebook is to understand how to save them. An auto-save function will capture the draft if you do not finish it before closing the window. This only works in some areas of Facebook. 

Here’s how you can save your drafts:

PC (Facebook’s website):

1. Go to Facebook in your preferred browser.

2. Log in to your account.

3. Start creating a new post from the top of your News Feed.

4. Write or add content to your post.

5. If you navigate away or click outside the post box without publishing, Facebook may save it as a draft automatically. However, this isn’t always guaranteed.

iPhone (Facebook app):

1. Open the Facebook app on your iPhone.

2. Tap the “What’s on your mind?” box at the top of your News Feed.

3. Start composing your post.

4. If you try to navigate away without publishing, a popup may appear with options to Save as Draft, Discard, or Cancel. Tap “Save as Draft.”

  • Not all types of posts can be saved as drafts. For example, simple status updates might not always give you the option to save it as a draft. Android (Facebook app):
  • 1. Open the Facebook app on your Android device.
  • 2. Tap the “What’s on your mind?” box at the top of your News Feed.
  • 3. Begin composing your post.
  • 4. Similar to the iPhone, if you attempt to navigate away without publishing, a pop-up might appear with options. Choose “Save as Draft.”
  • Here are a few things you should keep in mind:
  • The features of Facebook undergo frequent updates. It’s always a good idea to refer to the platform’s official documentation or help section for the most current information.

Remember, while the draft feature can be helpful, it’s wise not to rely solely on it. This is especially true for lengthy or important posts. Consider drafting long posts in another application first, then copying them to Facebook when you’re ready to share.

How to Find Drafts

How you find a draft depends on what platform you are using to access Facebook. Facebook is optimized for PC, Android, and iPhone. These optimizations make the path and options different for each user based on what they are using to access Facebook. 

Here is how you can access drafts on your device:

PC (Facebook’s website):

1. Open your favorite browser and go to Facebook.

2. Log into your account.

3. Click on the “Create” button, which might look like a plus (+) sign at the upper right corner, to create a new post.

4. When the post-creation window appears, there should be an option to see and manage drafts. Click on “See drafts” or a similar option.

iPhone (Facebook app):

1. Open the Facebook app on your iPhone.

2. Tap on the three horizontal lines (menu icon) in the bottom right corner.

3. Go to “See More” if available.

4. Look for and select “Activity Log.”

5. Tap on “Category” at the top.

6. Select “Drafts” from the list.

Android (Facebook app):

1. Open the Facebook app on your Android device.

2. Tap on the three horizontal lines (menu icon) in the top right corner.

3. Scroll down and go to “See More” if available.

4. Look for and select “Activity Log.”

5. Tap on “Category” or “Filter” at the top.

6. Select “Drafts” from the list.

Please note that Facebook updates its UI and features frequently. The steps might change over time. If you can’t locate drafts using these steps, they may have changed the process. Always refer to Facebook’s official support or help documentation for the most updated information.