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Try JDB for Facebook if you don't like the new Facebook Beta for Windows Phone

We've noticed plenty of readers did not like the new update for Facebook Beta, which features a "Top Stories" newsfeed by default. We've heard your complaints, and it seems many of you like a more traditional "Most Recent" newsfeed. As Daniel explained, the change to "Top Stories" is a Facebook thing, not Microsoft's. If you don't like what's happening, you can try third party Facebook apps. A good example is JDB for Facebook, which has a default "Most Recent" view.

In addition to having a timeline view you might prefer, JDB for Facebook also features:

  • Full-screen mode (show/hide bar buttons)
  • Live tile shows Facebook notifications
  • Powerful posting (can post multiple photos and integrates with Tile'agram app)
  • The best check-in experience thanks to 'Social Scout' engine inside
  • Lockscreen Facebook notifications (WP8 only)
  • Can set Facebook color to be your phone's accent color
  • Can customize the 4-buttons bar to the actions you want
  • Browse photos in full screen with pinch to zoom
  • Swipe left/right to navigate through photos
  • Send chat stickers
  • Enhanced back key navigation (option to not reset scrolling)
  • Support for watching videos
  • Launches external links on IE
  • Customizable tiles for pin to start
  • Lock orientation for portrait/landscape
  • Photo sharing integrated to the OS (from any photo can do ... > share > JDB Facebook)

While JDB for Facebook uses the Most Recent timeline, it allows you to change to Top Stories view. Just tap the dropdown button on the top right corner.

JDB for Facebook is a free download, with an in-app purchase of $1.99 to unlock features and remove ads. We'll have a look around and see if there are other third-party Facebook apps worth checking out. Are you switching away from the official Facebook Beta app? Let us know in the comments!

Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.

139 Comments
  • Or download the official facebook since it is not doing this
  • Non-beta will become the same soon. :(
  • Yeah my solution, I won't update anymore
  • Unfortunately it already has as far as i know.
  • Yeah stuck to Facebook(wothout beta) till another solves the issue
  • On facebook beta app Just press the 3 lines to the right and on Feeds press most recent.
  • But the problem is you have to do it everytime.
  • Try fast for facebook its also good and universal.
  • Actually Fast for Facebook is set to Top Stories by default. It's basically a web wrapper from IE on WP 7.5.
  • Yeah and then the menu is gone. Hope they add a set as default option.
  • They won't, because Top Stories is how they make a lot of their money via hidden advertising.
  • How do you use in desktop then?? The same right? Stop complaining.
  • Read the article. You have to do it just once in web version, and the change is sustained even after you log out. And, frankly, I don't give a damn to what they do, my comment was in reply to someone's else suggestion. So, nope not complaining. :/
  • It's still not true Most Recent though, it's the older less intrusive Top News. Even the mobile site shows a post from three days ago at the top of my feed.
  • That doesn't work... It shows you what your friends like and other activity, I don't want that, I just want posts. 3rd party here I come
  • Ok my non beta Facebook app it has changed to show by top stories, bit there is no "Feeds" option to change to recent. I can only assume they are selectively doing this to people?
  • It's happening on official (non-beta) facebook app too !!!
  • Can't believe people are actually complaining about this. Look at what we've become, sheep.
  • No, we'd be sheep if we were just blindly accepting.
  • Sheeps don't complain.
  • Umm... Are you SO LAZY to tap rhe menu and select Most recent? Come on it is not the end of the world. Though it would be better if they included an option in settings to decide which one you want.
  • Yea so clicking into a post, and then back brings you back to the TOP of the Most Recent feed. You also lose access to notifications while in there. It's not worth using.
  • @duquedavid The point is you have to do it EVERY time you open the FB app. Once is fine, each time I open the app? No thanks.
  • Yeah, first world fucking problems ha ha!
  • I don't think you remember what Most Recent looked like. Official Facebook lost the button months ago. Facebook Beta just now has the "new and improved" (ie, a million times worse) Top News. Official Facebook is the old and slightly less intrusive Top News. Opening either one shows me a post from three days ago at the top of my feed.
  • Good!
  • Will try this. Thanks :)
  • I think it could be useful if you could recommend a FREE third party Facebook app too,I don't use it, but a lot of people wouldn't pay for those things
  • Waah waah waah I don't have $2 to spend on something that someone worked hard on that might be useful.
  • I repeat, I don't use Facebook, I regret trying to give a suggestion thanks to people like you
  • Check out booklet its nice little app.
  • This may help some people, thank you so much for answering so politely
  • Booklet is nice. And it is by the same developer as JDB Facebook. The paid version of JDB Facebook includes booklet option.
  • I refuse to give even 1 cent for something thta looks like morning puke.
  • It's unfortunate that Mark decided to use that but ass ugly white theme. You can customize it to use the accent colors of your phone and use a dark theme. It looks really good, especially compared to the ugly official FB/FB Beta apps, sick doesn't even have a dark theme.
  • Are you aware that many of us in other countries can't buy apps because the carrier won't allow it? And also don't have credit cards?
  • Apps r like sex..its better when its free... If not no one gives a damn...
  • Lmfao!
  • If you are paying for sex, you are doing something wrong. Jus sayin
  • Everyone is paying for sex in one way or another
  • +920
  • I had this app on my iPad 2. Had no idea they had this app for WP as well. I'll try it.
  • Switched to browser version and cut down on visits by 80-90%...
  • Fb screwed up again with this d*ckmove. They're starting to follow Google in failing to be consumerfriendly
  • It's ugly.. I'd rather use Facebook Beta.
  • I agree that this one is ugly. If I can't find a good looking version before the official screwup goes out of beta, i simply won't use facebook on my Phone anymore.
  • Just use the official one.. It might a little inconvenience to use but it's not that bad imo.
  • I scrolled down three pages and couldn't find a post from the last 24 hours. I Only have like 300 friends ffs. It is VERY bad.
  • Tap the hamburger button on the upper right, you'll see the 'Most Recent', clicking on it will bring you the latest posts.
  • agreed... I wouldn't touch it with a stick
  • I would just like to say, that is a hideous looking app. Maybe I need to see it in person, but I'll stick to official for now, thanks
  • +1520
  • It also has messages within app that real facebook doesn't now! I got this facebook app purely on that as I don't like facebook policy around messenger app!
  • Why don't people just use the mobile site for facebook! That site gives a complete facebook experience and c'mon we have IE11.
  • That's what I do m.fb for me. And since you mention ie 11 , on my phone ie11 crashes a lot . I mean really a lot. Just tired of it. Sucks.
  • 512mb phone ?
  • Okay, I usually browse with two or more tabs open in my IE11.,And I've never seen crashing IE on my phone. If your phone has lower memory then you can try mbasic.facebook.com
  • Because the browser can't send push notifications or toasts.
  • Yeah I use the app only for that... Whenever a notification comes I clear that and directly go to the website to check it.
  • People can use UC browser to use Facebook. It's damn fast there.
  • With all due respect to everyone complaining about the new "top stories" newsfeed, what the hell guys ? "top stories" newsfeed is the one found by default on the original facebook you open on your desktop browser. "top stories" newsfeed is the original and right way to go. The stupid "most recent" newsfeed used to show me every single irrelevant post by every single page I liked when facebook first came out. I cant go through 1000+ pages unliking whatever is irrelevant. I really missed the "top stories" newsfeed and im really glad its there
    Just yesterday I was considering changing platforms because of this problem
  • Same here! I don't know why guys are reacting like this. I was missing on too much relevent stuff because of most recent. Now it shows me only the things that I care for. So top stories is better in my opinion.
  • That's just sad.
  • The problem with top stories is hat it shows posts that I've seen days ago...
  • That's how top stories work, even on desktop version. If the post is still there, it means that its still popular and alot is going on (likes shares and comments) try scrolling past them , you'll see new recent top stories
  • Does it? Because I see newest posts all the time.
  • With no due respect some of us aren't stupid enough to like 1000+ pages of things we have no interest in. Everyone I am friends with I want to hear from, all the pages I like I want to hear from. To these people, Top Stories has totally ruined facebook, hiding everything we are interested in to pull things we have zero interest in from the past.
  • I don't know when did you join facebook but I can tell you that top stories was there waaay back in the day. Most recent newsfeed is the newcomer. And with no due respect if the "new" top stories newsfeed is itching your assh*le you can swipe the screen and choose most recent newsfeed or I will give you a better option, just press the power button on the side or the top of your phone because apparently your phone is showing you things you have zero interest in.
  • Most recent has always been facebook, and every couple of years they'll push Top Stories hard, lose users, then do something like give us a toggle to a gimped half most recent feed, which is still nothing like the old facebook most recent.   The new Most Recent feed you're talking about is straight up useless. For one, it's not a toggle, it's a dedicated feed. You have no access to any other app features while in there. For two, if you click any post, and go back, it loses where you were up to and takes you back to the top.   Maybe if you didn't have a thousand friends you don't even know and a feed full of candy crush invites you can block facebook wouldn't have to make awful features like Top News and force them on users who aren't idiots.
  • I actually have over a thousand friend that I actually know , thank you for noticing . Yeah im pretty popular I know. Im sorry to read that you cant follow up with your 50 friends because of all the irrelevant stuff on the top stories. And yes im being sarcastic I don't feel sorry for people who don't respect. This is my post, this is my world.
    And why the hell are you saying "they keep pushing" you're making it sound as if facebook is our enemy and they're trying to force us into something we don't. My 1000 friends aren't active all at once. That's why I like to have the most active shown on my top stories and the less irrelevant people and pages later not the other way around. Relax , facebook is trying to connect us not shatter us. Most recent newsfeed shatter us by showing us posts that we don't really know if they're important or not until we go through them
  • I currently have 187 friends, any time I get to 250, I go through and unfriend people who are really just aquantences. Going under the 200 mark USED to disable the smart feed and give you chronological oder, however it doesn't anymore. Top News shows me more of my friends liking something I from other friends of theirs with no security settings than what my friends are actually posting. My app block list has thousands of apps in it, because I've blocked EVERY game that has appeared in my feed for the last 8-9 years. I have a VERY clean feed, EVERYTHING in Most Recent is relevant to me.   Top News has totally fragmented this and made facebook near un-usable by showing me a heap of old crap that someone liked, which I was never interested in, or haven't cared about since I first saw it two months ago.
  • Okay, I get your situation and point of view now. You could've said that earlier could've made my life easier.
    But I just have two questions
    What's your explanation to those people you unfriend for the sake of the integrity of your most recent newsfeed ?
    And how can you block games ?
  • Any game that appears in your feed, click it to go to the page, then instead of giving it permissions to your profile, block it. Wala, no more candy crush, no more farmville, ever again! A bit of work to start with, but once you're on top of it you'll only see a new game pop up every couple of months. I don't explain anything to the people I deleted, they're aquantences, not friends. If they were friends I wouldn't delete them. If they're friends and annoying, I just unfollow them, but I think I've only got two incredibly racist friends, and three young mums who's internet personality is their kids in my list of unfollowed friends. As I got older I realised friend collecting is pointless, it doesn't matter if I have 1000 people in my list, if there is zero chance of me catching up for a beer or coffee, or being comfortable just giving that person a phonecall out of the blue, then they're not a friend.
  • You don't even know how to use basic fb config yet you preach that top stories is "the original and right way to go"? What's right for YOU isn't necessarily right for EVERYONE. I don't use my feed the same way that you do.
  • Wow , someone is really p.m.s.ing there. Chill out buddy , calm your hormones. I speak on behalf of the people when I have the right to. Scroll through the comments on this article. The majority is wondering "who the hell hates the new facebook?"
    Yeah that's right , I am the people , I am the future
  • You ain't shit little doggie. Why don't you come on down off your hobby horse, kid. You have a lot to learn about reality. You only speak for yourself you pompous ass, no one else.
  • Dude you're so uncreative that you used your insult twice. Now I know im dealing with an amateur. Guess what nigga ? I ain't coming off my horse , because you are my horse and im riding you all day long. Im lovin it over here you should t... Oh wait I forgot you're the horse, cant ride shit.
    You think you know about reality ? You merely adapted reality , I was born in it moulded by it. I am the worse reality you'll ever meet.
    I've been to places you will never imagine yourself in it.so don't talk to ME about reality you little piece of shit. Cheezus, the internet deserves a better class of people (not you obvi)
  • Looks like you forgot to take your meds today. Narcissist much?
  • Are there any 3rd-party FB apps that have the messaging function built in?
  • JDB does still support messaging in-app for free. I just recently stopped using JDB because I got tired of its overall bugginess, but held onto it for a long time just because it still supported messaging.
  • My face in the morning looks better than this garbage.
  • Try Facebook metro, it's not function, but do what it should
  • ......Or just use the Nokia Lumia PEOPLE app for Facebook news stream. Loads Latest News as default, looks sleek and only ever need to open Facebook to comment.
  • +930
  • Doesn't show third party posts, therefore doesn't show Instagram posts which is the only way most of my friends post to facebook anymore as they're all sick of facebooks shit like Top News. It also shows more "likes" than posts, which I have no interest in.
  • With the old hub model, even there was no need to open the app to post comments. Wish MS would somehow bring back the hubs.
  • Hope they do with windows 10 for phone and tablets (rt).
  • I'll stick to the actual FB app. I like that we have "top stories" now. Something we've never actually had on WP that actually works correctly. This is a step in the right direction.
  • I'll just stick with the facebook app til they improve. Patient
  • I use Facebook on Opera Mini. No Problems Here
  • I had to delete the Facebook Beta App because it made my phone super hot and run funny.. After I uninstalled my phone went back to normal. I am seriously getting tired of my Windows phones messing up often and apps messing up my phone; which leads me to have to get another one. I can't even pause my freaking video when recording so I have to just record what I don't want. Smh at how stupid Microsoft is. I'm on the fence with them.
  • I liked when we didn't even need to use the facebook app because it was baked into the OS. Now it has to open the app to view pics, etc
  • USE PEOPLE HUB. If its set to filtered posts it follows what you set on IE on desktop.
  • Thanks, I'll try it out.
  • Will stick to the official
  • This is actually a really good app, y'all. I've been using it in conjunction with Facebook Beta for sometime, because JDB does some things FBB can't and vice versa. Plus JDB has a dark mode, which is great. Give it a chance, if it has a trial, I can't recall if it does.
  • Bring back HUBS integration!!!!!!!
  • This!! +920
  • jdb was good as I have bought it some time ago, but it's gotten slow and glitchy... I always download it again from time to time but nothings improved much
  • OMG that is one ugly app. It actually hurt my eyes to look at it.
  • Hey,I like the new update and it works fine for the news feed too. If anyone is interested in current news feed can do it via clicking on top right and then on recent news feed. Plain and simple,:) Thanks
  • Expect that the setting is reset when you close the app...
  • Hmm...i will give this a try.. Edit: Its my new FB app..
  • Already started using this. Atleast shows the correct feeds. Yesterday you've announced that the MS employees are in here... They should be extremely embarrassed about this. Looking at my wife's note 3, which was bought because of broken 920 screen, I've made her switch and she's more happier. My 1020 days are counting as well I guess. I switched to WP with great pride and made my friends switch with me and this has been deeply frustrating. No, this is not just about FB app. So many apps, which do not have 1/4 features of what ios or android have. MS itself has so many good apps on android. And here maps beta which works better too on android. Please MS, I'm still hoping you'll fix this ap situation. YOUR OWN APPS ARE BETTER IN OTHER PLATFORMS AND THAT'S THE WORSE THING.
  • I like Facebook beta work good for me, new features suck a little but its been a while that the facebook app is like this for android user !! Anyway i juste to open the app tap in the menu and tap "most recent" it take 2 tap and 2 seconds !!! No need to be angry and use a third party app...
  • the problem is most recent shows most of the time people's likesand its not like the one on the desktop. By the way when i use the moblie site with ie11 on my phone pictures get cut. Any way to fix this?
  • There is some like but not too much, most of the time iv got the normal newsfeed but they should put ppl like in another menu on top of the app !!! In ie11 my pictures are not cut, in the setting of ie11 i use desktop version instead of mobile version...
  • If you click into a post, and then click back, most recent takes you to the TOP of the most recent feed, not where you are up to. Therefore it is totally useless.
  • Booklet includes JDB. I like the UI and can switch back and forth
  • This is a good solution, I guess, but isn't it better that these companies just listen to their customers instead of forcing shit down our throats?
  • Facebook have never listened to their customers. They just do what they want. Try finding a relevant post in their support forum. Facebook will leave a totally irrelevant reply, close the case, then some random person will post "me too" every six months and you'll get a notification that you can't unsubscribe from. Facebook make it so awful to use support that you don't even bother.
  • I know. It's terrible. Unfortunately, that's where all my family happen to be, and since we're scattered across the country, it's the easiest way to stay in touch and see what's going on. I have unliked and unfriended everything/one I can just to minimize the crap on there.
  • Ditto. But now I'm getting feeds from groups I haven't signed up to, some of them unpleasant. Wish there was a better option for keeping in touch with family.
  • They have another app called "Black for Facebook" which is the same app, but with black accent colour! It also has a transparent tile.   I've made my switch lol, Screw official facbeook, I've one starred that app.
  • The "Top Stories" instead of "Most Recent" will be taken advantage by advertisers and other users promoting their own thing, whether it is a terrorist organization or just a small time business selling cup cakes. Being on the "top stories" can be manipulated just like the "clicks" count on web ads. This update is not a good one. Good for me, I am not using Facebook Beta.
  • The problem is jdb app always has comments section bugs, no matter how frequent the update is
  • I just want a setting that shows a chronological stream of ALL actual posts that have real content; no games, no likes, no "shared pages". If someone actually bothers to use their own words to share something about their life, it would be in the stream. If they share a photo they've actually taken, it's in the feed. Everything else is out.
  • You do that your self. It'll take a day or two to set up. But you do it. Don't blame Facebook that you followed a shit ton of crap. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • The app is functional but it lacks good design.
  • Actually, the stupid Top Stories thing has been a problem on FB for some time.  Every time I change my preference to Most Recent, in a day or so FB changes BACK to Top Stories.  I don't CARE about the top stories.
  • It doesn't scale photos to the phone.  So half of the images it loads are cut off on one side and you can't see the whole thing.  This is pretty much an automatic uninstall for me.
  • Why not just go to the menu they click "Most Recent" in the beta app? LOL!!!
  • People are complaining about that? How hard is it to push the menu and most recent option? Geez
  • I've been using this app from day one. It is just light years better and more functional than the official FB or FB beta apps. The best part? It actually shows all feeds in my timeline. Everything I see on my desktop I see in JDB Facebook. As far as those complaining about the looks, you can customize it to use your accent colors. It even has a dark theme. It is actually 3apps in one: Facebook, Booklet, and Social Scout. The check in feature of this app (Social Scout) is probably the best I've seen in any app.
  • I'm using this, really nice one...
  • First world problems! I use FB on android and I've had to select the "most recent" for over a year now--never thought much of it at the time.
  • I use JDB Facebook daily along with beta. Find myself using JDB because it's more capable. The UI is very customizable.
  • I've tried it and purchased the premium features, and it's really the Best Facebook app out there.
  • Ha, glad I don't use facebook.
  • I expect that FB will be making all third party clients use Top Stories with no option to set Most Recent as default. You heard it here first. Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
  • So far so good - its better than most of the ones out there
  • If Facebook wants to start dictating to the end user how he or she use's their site by not giving optional default settings, they obviously haven't thought this through at all....do not dictate to me Facebook, I've no problem deleting you...!!!!
  • still needs updating, it works fine, but often being slow in scrolling. And the feeling option doesnt show.
  • OMG, wayyyyyyyy better than the default app. Thank you!!
  • I've tried several 3rd party FB apps & keep coming back to JDB.  It also uses much less memory - 3mb vs 11mb and does not require a seperate app for messaging.
  • I've been haunt JDB for a while now. I'd best feature is it has a dark theme.
  • The latest changes for the Official Facebook app has rendered it useless.  
  • I have found JDB for Facebook laggy. There's Booklet by JDB as well which I'm sure many of you will find interesting!
  • I found JDB for Facebook laggy. There's Booklet by JDB which I'm sure many will find interesting!