Facebook Home now available to download in the UK

Facebook_HomeAnnounced at the beginning of the month, Facebook Home is the social network’s big push onto mobile, and it replaces the normal homescreen on your Android phone with one which concentrates on your Facebook profile, friends, and all the available apps and services. Although you’ll soon be able to buy a phone with the software pre-installed – the HTC First, coming exclusively to EE – Home is also available for a select few Android phones as an app.

Facebook Home was released in the U.S. last week, and now it’s the turn of the UK. Head over to Google Play by following this link, and you’ll be able to install Home on your phone from there. There are a few conditions though. First you’ll need the very latest version of the Android Facebook app installed, and preferably Facebook Messenger too, although this can also be installed during Home’s set up too.

You’ll also need a particular phone. While the list of compatible phones will expand over time, right now you’ll need a Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, HTC One, HTC One X or the Galaxy S4 to use Home. After installation, you’ll be able to use the Cover Feed to view your pictures and Facebook news feed, plus converse with friends using Chat Heads. Liking, sharing and commenting is built right into the app, as is Instagram.

It’s free to download and can easily be deactivated if you don’t like it, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t give it a try. You never know, it could turn out to be exactly what you’ve been waiting for, especially if you’re an avid Facebook fan.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars