Facebook : How to fix missing sidebar chat problem


Recently, when I was using Facebook using Chrome browser, I have noticed that the sidebar chat which was usually located on the right side of the screen on my Facebook profile was missing and no longer there for some reason. I didn't think of it much, but when I needed to have it, I wasn't sure how to open it. In this article, I'm sharing the solution here to help others with similar situation.

I assumed, this would be an easy fix, but it took a while before I figured out how to fix the issue.

When I couldn't manage to find the solution myself, I naturally turned to the web for help, but solutions I found there (for example here) assumed, that the problem simply lies with the chat bar simply being hidden due to selecting "Hide Sidebar" option and the proposed solutions suggested to unhide it again as shown below:


The problem was, I was also missing the bottom chat navigation bar as there was no search field with a gear icon beside it, so there was nothing to be clicked that would open the options above.

I also attempted to use zoom out option on a browser in case the bottom navigation bar with a gear icon was hiding somewhere outside the visible layout of the browser, but this turned out not to be the case.

In the end, I discovered, that if I simply click on "Find Friends" button located on the top navigation bar, the chat sidebar magically reappears.


I'm not sure if this issue is common or maybe I'm just not that good at using Facebook, but this is how to solve this problem.

Have you had similar problems regarding the chat bar or any other feature on Facebook and if so, what was the issue and how did you solve it? Let us know in the comments below.

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