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Upload files to a facebook group on the iPad.

icab browser upload file to facebook group

One of the tasks that I do as part of my teaching is sharing slides, files and videos to groups of students after the lesson. I use different methods to do this depending on the group but one of my most common methods is via a Facebook group.

I am no fan of Facebook and would welcome moving off it, but 99% of my students are on Facebook and suggesting a tool like slack, Google classroom, or even Padlet can be met with blank expressions. A Facebook group can also lead to students continuing discussions and activities between classes.

The only issue is that Facebook sucks on Safari. They intentionally limit it to encourage you to install the Facebook app, something I haven’t had since they removed the messaging functionality in order to get me to download the messenger app (I only gave in once they removed messaging from the web version. I’m still annoyed about that). While you can do many things on mobile safari, you certainly can’t upload any old file. You are limited to photos. But there is a simple way round that.

How to use iCab Mobile to upload files to a facebook group on the iPad.

iCab mobile browser is a web browser that can pretend to be a desktop computer (in many situations but unfortunately not all thank you annoying customer relationship website). This allows you to access the full desktop version of Facebook and so you can upload a PDF file or whatever.

icab browser upload file to facebook group

Just

  • Go to the group
  • tap more instead in the write posts box
  • select “add file”
  • and choose your file from the file browser in iOS

Jobs a good’un.

This is a great example of how iOS is let down by developers. The assumption that no one using iOS would want this feature shows how it is still not viewed as a proper OS. I think we can add this to the “web developers fault, but Apple’s problem” list.

Why iPad?

I’ve wanted to get a podcast going again for a while but finding a cohost, picking the hosting option and so on held me back. So I thought I’d give Anchor a try as they seem to have some good tools for “giving podcasting a go”. But what to do for my test episode. Well, it had to be “Why iPad?” have a listen.

In this episode (after a brief intro and explanation of the tech I’m using, I get into the reasons for using the iPad as your main device. Well, my main reasons at least.

The Seven Reasons I Use an iPad as my Main Device

They centre around

  • Portability (it’s small and light)
  • Battery life (you don’t even have to think about the battery anymore. All day is all day.)
  • use while walking (this is really important for me as a teacher)
  • the great apps (Drafts 5 anyone?)
  • the simplicity (set up and go)
  • the flexibility (not stuck with a keyboard or mouse. Adaptive screen keyboard etc)
  • the distraction light environment (one or two apps at a time with clean interfaces)
  • and the fun of iPad (it’s just delightful)

This probably isn’t the definitive list of reasons for everyone and I accept that my reasons for using the ipad may be some people’s reasons against using the iPad. At the same time I believe these reasons show off where the iPad truely excells and in some cases, could not be replaced by any other device.

Any other reasons Why iPad?

Can you think of any reasons for why people should use an iPad as their main device? Leave a comment below.

[p.s. I hope you enjoyed the beta podcast. I know the audio wasn’t the greatest but I had kept putting it off and so I thought it was better to just give it a go than keep waiting forever. I’d love your feedback]