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I don’t know about you, but I have about had it with Facebook game invites. And if you’re not a big fan of Facebook games Connecting Games To Facebook -- What's In It For You? Connecting Games To Facebook -- What's In It For You? You're in the zone on your favorite puzzle game. You catch the false move that would have doomed you before you commit to it, and a moment later, you finally seize sweet victory! Read More , chances are you feel the same. Page, event, and other app invites are much less common and intrusive. But game invites can fill up your notifications. How do you stop them?! Hint: The answer does not involve posting a status update.

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I’ll tell you right now – if you’re looking for a bulk, “disable all invites” option, there isn’t one. Ryan shared the secret of  blocking game invite notifications through your network How To Block Only Facebook Games & Apps On Your Network How To Block Only Facebook Games & Apps On Your Network Interacting with users and customers on Facebook is almost a requirement for any business that wants to maintain a competitive advantage. What this means is that many companies are no longer blocking their employees from... Read More , but this doesn’t work on mobile, and for some may not be practical. But there are several methods you can go about taming down the amount of notifications you do get. And none of these solutions involve deleting your friends. Because although it may be effective initially, it will never solve the problem.

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And lastly, speaking of solving the problem, why doesn’t Facebook just add the feature to block all invites? My theory is it wouldn’t be in their best interest. There’s no doubt that games generate revenue 5 Warning Signs For Avoiding Freemium Games That Want To Suck Your Wallet Dry 5 Warning Signs For Avoiding Freemium Games That Want To Suck Your Wallet Dry Many games are free up-front, but bombard players with an endless array of in-game purchases, some of which are impossible to avoid if you want to complete the game. Read More , and as annoying as they are, they are a significant part of Facebook’s model Facebook Switches Payments From Credits To Real Currency Facebook Switches Payments From Credits To Real Currency On Thursday, Facebook announced it would be retiring its current Credits system in favor of localized currency. Read More .

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This article provides the most current and up-to-date information about Facebook’s settings and invite-blocking capabilities, from your phone to your web browser. Let’s get blocking!

Fend Them Off As They Come

You probably know of the option to block invites from your Notifications, but in case you didn’t, you will now.

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From hovering over the notification, click the “x” at the far right. Then click Turn Off.

2.2 Game Invite Notification - Turn Off

Note that this only turns off the notifications for that game and doesn’t keep that person from sending you invites for other games. This is the quickest and easiest way for ongoing upkeep for the apps themselves though.

Disable The App Platform

If you don’t have a need for any Facebook apps at all, the most efficient way would be to disable the App Platform. However, before you jump to this, keep in mind that you won’t be able to use any app or connect Facebook to any service, website, etc. This means no logging in with Facebook, posting from various apps to Facebook, nothing.

Still want to continue? Here’s how.

3.1 More - Settings

Navigate to your settings by going to the arrow and clicking Settings (above) or from the Privacy Shortcuts icon clicking See More Settings (below).

3.2 - Privacy Checkup - See More Settings

To the left there will be a column of several options, click Apps.

3.3 Facebook - Settings - Apps

There will be four different squares. The first one called Apps, Websites and Plugins is where you can toggle the App Platform on and off. Click Edit and click the blue Disable Platform button.

3.4 Facebook - Settings - Apps - Settings

Be sure to read the whole list of what disabling the Platform entails. Of course, you can enable it again at any time.

3.5 Facebook - Settings - Apps - Settings - Turn Platform off

Disable Instant Personalization

Disabling Instant Personalization doesn’t prevent all app invites like disabling the Platform does, but it does block access to some of Facebook’s “partners”.

4.1 Facebook - Settings - Apps - Settings

Following the instructions mentioned above to get to App Settings, the second square on the Apps page is called Instant Personalization. Click Edit and the blue Disable instant personalization button.

4.2 Facebook - Settings - Apps - Settings - Instant Personalization

Manage What Friends’ Apps See About You

5.1 Facebook - Settings - Apps - Settings

This section doesn’t disable/block any invites, but it’s a very important setting. Chances are you want the apps your friends use to know very little if not nothing at all about you. This is the 3rd box on the Apps Settings page titled Apps Others Use. If you’ve never been to this section before, you may very well be shocked at what you’re allowing other apps that you don’t even use to know about you.

5.2 Facebook - Settings - Apps - Settings - Apps Others Use

Manage App Settings On Your Phone

To toggle these three previously mentioned settings from your mobile app, follow these directions:

Click the More icon (three vertical lines). Under Help & Settings, click Account Settings and then Apps.

6.1 Facebook Mobile - More - Help & Settings

From here you will see Platform, Instant Personalization, and Apps others use.

6.2 Facebook Mobile - App Settings

See All And Block Current Game Invites

The “App Center” is often not mentioned when advising how to manage and control game invites. And due to recent changes, much of the information provided by websites could be outdated. In fact, this isn’t even called “App Center” anymore, but rather just the Activity tab on the Games page (“App Center” flows better in my opinion).

To get here, scroll down the Home page you’re on until you find the Apps and click Games.

7.1 Facebook - Home - Apps - Games

Click Activity and then Invites. You will then see every app you’ve ever been invited to use and the friend who sent the invitation. Click the “X” next to the Accept button.

7.2 Facebook - Games - Activity - Invites

There will be an option to block the app forever, meaning you’ll never get another invite from that app. Or block that friend from ever sending you another invite. I typically do both.

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Block Certain Friends From Sending Invites

There is another way to block friends from sending you invites. This option is most useful if a certain friend doesn’t show up in Game Invites page mentioned above.

Go back to Settings and click Blocking on the left side.

8.1 Facebook - Settings - Blocking

Scroll down to the section Block app invites. The first box will be where you can enter a friend’s name.

8.2 Facebook - Settings - Blocking - Invites from friends

NOTE: Unfortunately, there is no way to do this on your phone or any other mobile Facebook app. If you’re looking for a way, there isn’t one… for now. There is only an option for completely blocking people. Hopefully, this changes in the future.

Block Specific Game Invites Completely

Following the directions previously mentioned to get to the Blocking tab in your Facebook Settings, continue scrolling down the page until you see Block apps. This will block that app invite and all future ones, but it only works if you know the name of the app. A dropdown menu of app names is displayed as you type.

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Again, as I mentioned previously, you can’t do this from the mobile Facebook app.

Disable Game Invite Notifications (Mobile)

One reason why game invites get on people’s nerves so much is because of constant alerts on their phone. Let’s put a stop to that, shall we?

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From the Facebook app, click the More icon to the far right at the top. Scroll down until you find the Help & Settings section and click App Settings, which is the first in the list.

10.2 Facebook Mobile - More - Help & Settings

Scroll down to Notification Settings and tap Application requests, second from the bottom.

10.3 Facebook Mobile - Account Settings - Notifications

Now even if you get annoying game invites, you won’t get them on your phone while you’re at work, in class, etc.

What Else Should Facebook Fix?

I wish I could tell you that there is a better way to block all game invites without disabling all apps or having to constantly stay on top of them, but there isn’t. And I would be surprised if there ever will be. I guess if it bothers you enough, you could always just delete your Facebook account How To Permanently Delete Your Facebook Account [Weekly Facebook Tips] How To Permanently Delete Your Facebook Account [Weekly Facebook Tips] For whatever reason you may have, one day you might find yourself wanting to delete a Facebook account. Perhaps you had a few accounts and want to delete the extra ones. Maybe you want to... Read More . Otherwise these tips are your best option.

Are there any other silly Facebook annoyances How To Get Rid Of Facebook Notifications & Other Annoying Things You Don't Want To See [Weekly Facebook Tips] How To Get Rid Of Facebook Notifications & Other Annoying Things You Don't Want To See [Weekly Facebook Tips] Several of my friends who use Facebook almost every day recently told me how they hate always getting notifications for dumb games people want them to play, or updates about these games in their home... Read More you have or things you wish Facebook would just simply fix?

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