How To Use Paid services on Facebook

Quite often, Facebook users ask the question of whether this social network is paid or free. People are not only interested, but often even need to know what a Facebook visitor gets for free, and what he has to fork out for.There are a lot of rumors about this, a lot of conflicting information. Therefore, it makes sense to take this situation seriously.


  • If you pay, then for what?
  • Two myths about “paid” options
    • 1 – Notifications
    • 2 — SMS
  • Additional Paid Features
    • 1) Subscriptions
    • 2) Games
    • 3) Groups
    • 4) Advertising

If you pay, then for what?

The official position of the administration of the social network is that the resource is free for the average user, and it will be so throughout the lifetime of the resource.

However, the user, if desired, can receive certain additional benefits by paying for them. Now we can talk about these types of paid Facebook services, or rather about the additional features that this social network provides:

  • the purchase of games, as well as additional bonuses and artifacts in games that developers offer to buy;
  • paid applications;
  • the ability to buy various goods in the Marketplace (in Russia, the function does not work in full);
  • some groups introduce a paid subscription to their content;

Two myths about “paid” options

1 – Notifications

The system sends several types of messages to the user: to the email address specified in the access parameters, push messages to the mobile phone, and notifications in the social network itself. Information about the messages received by the user can be found in the settings of his account both using a computer and using the appropriate software for mobile devices.

Some users are desperate to get rid of paid notifications. Such efforts are completely in vain. Because the social network does not provide any notifications for which the user must pay.

2 — SMS

In addition, users are frightened by the message that they receive when connecting to such a social network function as SMS informing. This message states that outgoing SMS may incur charges. But there are actually no paid SMS on Facebook at all. And informing through these messages was introduced for the convenience of users in case someone finds himself in an area of ​​\u200b\u200buncertain Internet coverage, when delivering an SMS is much easier than a system message.

Yes, you can reply to some SMS: send messages to friends or work using messages in your account (make changes to the status, get help, generate a one-time password). It is in this case that the user is charged for an outgoing message at the rates of his mobile operator.

It is worth noting that SMS on Facebook is sometimes a very convenient way to communicate with your account, which can be very useful when you do not have access to the Internet. Only outgoing messages are paid. But it is not always necessary to use this option.

Additional Paid Features

1) Subscriptions

Yes, there is a charge for certain subscriptions, but they are far from always and far from everywhere, but only in some cases:

  • page or profile updates – exclusively free of charge;
  • access to games and applications – here they can charge for certain options;
  • a paid group is a special kind of community where you can charge for subscriptions.

When a user connects to any paid service, he receives a preliminary notification that the money will be withdrawn. By default, money is not withdrawn in any case.

2) Games

Facebook provides paid games and applications. Monthly subscriptions are usually offered to access this content.

You can check if your profile has a subscription to paid services or paid content in the following way:

  1. Click on the “down arrow” in the upper right corner, find “Settings”.
  2. Find the “Payments” segment there.
  3. Go to the “Payment History” subsection, where there is information about all withdrawals.
  4. If necessary, go to “Payment Settings” to make changes to the payment method, as well as view the list of paid services used.
  5. If you need to cancel something, there is a “Deactivate” button for this purpose.
  6. After deactivation, the service will be provided to the user throughout the entire paid time, after which deactivation will occur.

If for some reason deactivation did not occur, then the social network support service will help.

3) Groups

Paid Groups is a Facebook pilot project. It was launched back in 2018, but so far this initiative is at the testing stage. The administration of the social network wants to provide the owners of some groups with the ability to offer people access to exclusive content after making a payment:

  • the cost of this service is $5-30;
  • different content is offered: educational videos, articles, group webinars or access to any rare or exclusive publications;
  • participation in the main group is free, but if you wish to receive certain content, the user can subscribe to the corresponding additional service;
  • such groups are currently only available in mobile applications;
  • at any time, the participant can unsubscribe and deactivate the subscription (this is done in the same way as deactivating a game subscription).

Right now, a very small number of groups can offer this and that content for a fee. There are plans to expand the list, but the issue of accepting payment has not yet been resolved. Now payments go through Google and Apple, who withhold fees. Facebook does not charge commissions at the testing stage.

4) Advertising

A significant part of the money received by the administration of the social network comes from paid advertising. You can promote anything on Facebook without incurring any costs. By using:

  • attractive design;
  • filling with relevant content;
  • conducting thematic surveys and events.

But it’s worth using the “Promote” option, as the user turns into an advertiser and pays for advertising on the social network.

So, on Facebook there are no more options for which the user has to pay than in other social networks. And the collection of money occurs solely with the approval of the person.