Why Facebook Groups Shortcuts Missing? And How To Fix It

Timothy Iyekowa
Timothy Iyekowa - Writer & Editor
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The reason the Facebook group icon missing in the shortcut bar is caused by inactivity. If you are not using the groups as you use too it will disappear. But the problem is easier to fix.

Facebook allows you to easily access Groups, Watch (videos), Marketplace, etc, using the shortcut bar, but sometimes Facebook shortcuts are missing.

But what if your Facebook Groups shortcut is missing, and you are wondering where did the group’s button go on Facebook?

In this guide, you will learn how to fix Facebook Groups shortcuts missing, know the reason why the shortcut is missing and how to get the shortcut bar back on Facebook.

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Why Do I Have Shortcuts On Facebook?

The Facebook shortcut help users to easily access Groups on the app and other FB products, which is located at the top for Android device, and the bottom for iPhone.

Shortcuts are great ways to get something done quickly rather than passing through the long process.

For example, instead of walking to turn off/on your light, you can ask Google Assistant to do that for you.

But that’s not with Facebook, their shortcuts are a little bit different than the Google Assistant example.

If you open your Facebook account, you will see the shortcut bar which is located at the top of your Android screen, and at the bottom, if you are using an iPhone. T

his navigation bar helps users easily navigate to the section they like most, this includes sections like Watch, Gaming, Page, Groups, Marketplace, etc.

The toolbar or rather a shortcut bar reflects how a user uses Facebook, you can tell from there.

It is normally arranged at what you do the most on the app.

The section they use the most and now frequently is the first after the Facebook News Feed.

With the shortcut bar, you can set shortcuts for the product you want and use the most if Facebook didn’t arrange them properly for you.

You can use it to customize your Facebook shortcut bar so you can easily connect with the product you use on Facebook.

Why Have My Facebook Shortcuts Disappeared?

The Facebook shortcut is great and helps you quickly navigate between your Profile, Watch, Groups, and Marketplace.

But what happened if your Shortcuts to these products are missing on the bar?

Facebook wants the shortcuts in the navigation bar to reflect how we use Facebook. But they removed the shortcut, why and what happened?

If your Facebook Shortcuts are missing from the navigation bar on your Facebook account, there are different reasons affecting it.

And this could imply that you don’t use Facebook products too often, maybe you are giving taught of deleting the account.

If not here is why your Facebook Shortcuts are missing.

1. You Don’t Use The Facebook Products 

The major reason why shortcuts are missing from your Facebook account is that you are not interested in the products again. Facebook takes this into account.

If you don’t use a section on the toolbar for a long time. Facebook will remove the shortcut from the navigation bar.

If they removed your shortcut, they will try to study what you like and what you are most interested in, so that they can add it to the navigation bar. If not, there will be no shortcut on the list.

2. Shortcuts Is Missing Due To Inactivity

Another reason why shortcuts are missing from the navigation bar is because of inactivity.

If you have not used the Facebook app for a long time, and you open Facebook, the shortcut bar may be empty.

This also applies to leaving and not using the app without updating it regularly.

If Facebook found out you are not regularly using the account. The shortcuts will be missing from the navigation bar.

3. You Change Your Device

If you haven’t used Facebook for some time on your phone and you change the device and install the Facebook app on the new phone.

Your account shortcuts may disappear depending on how long you haven’t used the account.

If you have a stronghold used for a Facebook product like Watch, the shortcuts will hardly go away, but others will.

The Watch section is the last since most users watch videos for hours on the app. But for sections like Events and Marketplace, it’s easy for them to disappear.

If your Facebook shortcuts are missing you can add them back from your account Settings.

And add any section you like from the Facebook Groups, Feed, Events, Marketplace, etc.

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How To Add Groups To Facebook Shortcut Bar On iPhone And Android

Most users have been complaining that their shortcut is missing on the app, and we are here to fix it ?.

If your Facebook Group shortcut is missing on the shortcut bar, you can add it back by going to the settings.

If you use the section regularly, Facebook will not remove the Group again.

Here is how to add Groups to the shortcut bar on Facebook when it’s missing.

Note: The Groups shortcuts will not always be available for you to add. It varies on the account. One account may see the option to add Groups to the shortcut bar on Facebook, while the other may not. But we will show you how to see Groups’ contents from one of the shortcut bars.


If you want to fix the Facebook Groups missing on your account, the best way to do that is to add the section back to the navigation bar.

This will help you easily access Groups. Where you can see all the contents from different groups.

Step 1: Open Facebook App

To add shortcuts on Facebook, open the app, and click on the hamburger icon (3-line) on the top-right of the shortcut bar.

Step 2: Go To Settings

Scroll down and tap on Settings & privacy, then on Settings.

Step 3: Go To Shortcuts

Under Preferences, click Shortcuts, and tap on the Shortcut bar. You will be taken to a page where you can customize your shortcut bar.

You will see all your available shortcuts. Tap Auto on the Group section and Pin to keep navigation bar.

The Group section doesn’t show on all Facebook accounts, it shows for some people.

If you joined a lot of groups this should be available for you.

And I have observed that if you have a page, the Group will not show to allow you to add it to the shortcuts.

If you can’t add the Facebook Groups shortcut to the navigation bar from the Settings, you will need to access it from another shortcut.

You can use the Feeds shortcut. This tab has different sections for Favorites, Friends, Groups, and Page.

Fix: Shortcut Icon On Facebook Missing

Fix 1: Check Your Internet Connection

If you don’t have a strong internet connection, the shortcuts icon may disappear from the navigation bar.

Check your internet connection if it is stable, and use other applications like to see if the internet is working. To can also switch to using Wi-Fi.

If your Wi-Fi isn’t working or has a connection block, you can use a MiFi, Router, or connect to other public networks to check and load your Facebook. This should fix the problem.

Fix 2: Browse Groups Always

If your Facebook Group is missing on the shortcuts tab, it means that you are not browsing the group periodically.

If you want Facebook to keep the section on the toolbar you have to use the tab always to let Facebook know that you are interested in groups.

You can also add Groups to the navigation bar if Facebook is not bringing it back automatically. You can add groups from your Facebook Settings.

Fix 3: Force Close App

If there is a bug on the Facebook app, the Group’s icon may be missing and you will not be able to see it on the shortcuts tab.

This error can occur at any time, and if their servers go down they may also refuse the icon to load.

To remove the little glitch from your Facebook app, you will have to force close the app. Once you do this, you may be able to get rid of the bug.

To force close your Facebook app, on Android, swipe up, from the App Switcher you will see different apps. Removed Facebook by swiping it up.

On iPhone X and newer, swipe up, and from the App Switcher, you will see different apps. Removed Facebook by swiping it up.

On iPhone 8 and earlier, tap the Home button twice, and swipe up the Facebook app. Then open the app again to see if the Group shortcuts will return.

Force Stop Facebook App On Android

If your Facebook app is misbehaving, you can force stop the app and let the Group’s shortcuts return to their position.

To force stop app on Android, tap and hold the app on the Home screen, then click on the App info, on this page tap on Force Stop. Open your app and the problem will be is fixed.

Fix 4: Update The Facebook App

Since most issues on software applications are caused by bugs updating the Facebook app can help you fix the problem.

If this doesn’t work you can uninstall the app and reinstall it again from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

How To Add Any Shortcuts On Facebook

To add shortcuts on Facebook, open the app, and click on the hamburger icon (3-line) on the top-right of the shortcut bar. Scroll down and tap on Settings & privacy, then on Settings.

Under Preferences, tap Shortcuts, and tap on the Shortcut bar. You will be taken to a page where you can customize your shortcut bar.

You will see all your available shortcuts. To Add any Shortcut to the bar, tap on Auto and Pin to keep navigation bar.

How To Remove Shortcuts On Facebook

To remove shortcuts from the navigation bar is easy on the Facebook app. You can remove shortcuts by long-pressing on the shortcut icon (Group, Page, Watch, etc.)

To remove a shortcut from the navigation bar, long-press the shortcut you want to remove.

From the pop-up menu, tap Hide from the shortcut bar. Close the app and open it again the shortcut will be removed from the navigation bar.


We found the Facebook Groups shortcut in one of our accounts, this confirmed that the Facebook Shortcut for Group is not available for all accounts.

And we have also noticed that if you have a page on a Facebook account, you will not be able to add the Group shortcuts (some accounts).

We tested this for three accounts, and we will test with more accounts just to know how it works.

The Facebook Groups shortcuts missing is quite unusual, maybe you don’t use the Group section as you would, or don’t even open it and only interact with one on your Feed.

If you use the tab regularly Facebook will keep the Group shortcut.

Use the method to add the Group shortcuts to the navigation bar.

If this doesn’t work, you can use the Feed Shortcuts to browse Groups. Add the Feed Shortcuts and you are ready to go.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why have my Facebook shortcuts disappeared?

Because you have not been using the Shortcuts on Facebook. Once Facebook sees that you are inactive and not using the Shortcuts it will be removed and another one will be placed there or none.

How do I add groups to my Shortcut bar?

To add a group to your Shortcut bar, open the Groups & Settings panel and drag the group you want to the Shortcut bar.

How do I manage Facebook Shortcut bar?

The Facebook Shortcut bar is a toolbar that appears at the top of your Facebook page. It contains icons for common tasks, such as posting a status update, commenting on a post, and liking a post.

To manage the Facebook Shortcut bar, click the down arrow in the top-right corner of the toolbar. This will open a menu with options to show or hide the toolbar, rearrange the icons, and add or remove icons.

How do I create a shortcut bar on Facebook?

To create a shortcut bar on Facebook, first, open Facebook in your web browser. Then, click on the “More” tab at the bottom of the screen, and select “Create Shortcuts.” From there, you can add shortcuts to your favorite pages and groups.

How do I change my shortcuts on Facebook app?

To change your shortcuts on the Facebook app, first, open the app and click on the three lines in the top left corner of the screen. Then select “Settings” and “Shortcuts.” From there, you can customize your shortcuts to your liking.

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By Timothy Iyekowa Writer & Editor
As a seasoned content writer with 4+ years of experience in consumer technology, Timothy has been a dedicated author and editor at Techvocast.com since its inception. Specializing in addressing user concerns, his articles offer effective solutions for Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac-related issues. Timothy's expertise also extends to crafting content about social media and various applications. Through his daily articles, he consistently aids users in overcoming their technology challenges.
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