How To Get Rid Of Facebook Notifications & Other Annoying Things You Don’t Want To See [Weekly Facebook Tips]

facebook icon   How To Get Rid Of Facebook Notifications & Other Annoying Things You Dont Want To See [Weekly Facebook Tips]It’s funny how sometimes you can use an online service all the time, getting annoyed at little things without realising there’s an easy way to do something about it. Several of my friends who use Facebook almost every day recently told me how they hate always getting Facebook notifications for dumb games people want them to play, or updates about these games in their home feed. Obviously, if these people can be avid Facebook users without knowing there’s a fix, then there’s bound to be a few more of you out there too.

As I can’t even begin to imagine the horrors of using Facebook with all those annoyances in my face, I feel I should go back to basics here and make sure everyone knows how to get rid of them. If the post doesn’t apply to you, you no doubt know a friend or two who might be able to make use of the knowledge.

Getting Rid Of Unwanted Notifications

To sort out your Facebook notifications settings, head to the arrow in the top right of Facebook and choose Account Settings from the drop-down menu, then “Notifications” from the left hand side. You’ll see there are a lot of different options available to you.

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Firstly, you can minimise the amount of notification emails you get with one click, by choosing to get just the important updates and summary emails. This will cut down the emails by a lot, but isn’t fine-tuned to your exact needs.

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To be more specific about which notifications you want to get, look at each of the sections below that in more detail. You can choose which of the apps you have installed can email you, say exactly which actions on photos are worth getting an email for or not, etc.

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For instance, you might want to know what people say about the links you post, but you could happily not notice when people share your links on their wall or when other people comment on links you’ve commented on. This picture shows how you would do that.

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Head through each section and un-check the boxes you’re not interested in, making sure you save changes after each section is completed. This way, you’ll only get notifications of exactly what interests you and nothing else.

Facebook Notification Icon   How To Get Rid Of Facebook Notifications & Other Annoying Things You Dont Want To See [Weekly Facebook Tips]Don’t forget that notifications in Facebook show up in the top left of Facebook, in your mobile application, will be emailed to you and may also be sent via text if you have enabled Facebook Mobile Texts. It’s worth pruning your notifications to suit your needs.

Note: If you’re trying to get rid of notifications about logins, you’ll need to go through your security settings.

Handy Tip: Filter Notifications Well In Your Email

Personally, I get almost all types of Facebook notifications sent to me, then I use really good Gmail filters to ensure some of the email gets noticed and the rest may or may not ever be seen. I think a combination of fine-tuned notifications settings and email filters is the best way to do it.

Pruning Your Home Feed Of Annoying Apps And/Or People

The other similar annoyance people mention is that they see all sorts of random updates from apps they don’t care about in their home feed. If you see something you don’t like in your home feed, click on the down arrow to the right and choose “Hide…”.

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This will then give you the option to either hide all stories from that application or change how many stories you get from that person or hide all stories from that page. It’s so easy that your feed will be cleaned up in no time. Don’t forget that you could also use friends lists to make sure you’re only viewing the friends you really care about.

Hidden Facebook Story   How To Get Rid Of Facebook Notifications & Other Annoying Things You Dont Want To See [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Anyway, if you’ve hidden a few people and apps and realise that maybe you want to get them back again, you can do so by clicking on the edit button just to the left of the “News Feed” icon in the left hand side of your home feed.

Edit Facebook News Feed   How To Get Rid Of Facebook Notifications & Other Annoying Things You Dont Want To See [Weekly Facebook Tips]

This will give you a list of everything you’ve hidden. Now you can click the cross if you want to un-hide the applications from your Facebook news feed. Click “Save” before you exit.

What else have you noticed lots of your friends don’t know how to do on Facebook? What would you like to see explained in upcoming Facebook Weekly Tips?

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Emj Paule

I’ve abused the ‘hide’ option ever since I found out about it. Makes my newsfeed a lot more pleasant.

Joshua L

I like to keep my facebook profile clean. I regularly check my preferences and settings.

josemon maliakal

Now a days we have a lot of spam due to facebook emails ..thanks a lot

Timo Reimerdes

I wish there was a way to disable all the games and apps spam without disabling all platform apps and rendering my phone into a ‘less useful thing’. But those tips are good to know and reminded me of checking my settings again. Unfortunately those tend to change on a regular basis.

Angel Vinod

Its so annoying that i marked their email as spam :D

Scott

The one thing I would love to see is a way to block all invites/news/notifications from all Facebook games that other people play. It’s fine to be able to block them individually as they come up, but I have zero interest in ANY of them and should be able to say “Hide ALL notifications from ALL of your crappy games”.

Angela Alcorn

There used to be an option to do this. Plus you could block all notifications from a particular person. Can’t see that option any more, unfortunately!

Alexis Akridge

this has made life SO much easier! haha

Eren Bon

There is a viral video, that has appeared on the left side of my Facebook page , and I can’t find any options to get rid of it. I don’t open it, but it is there all the time.
It came automatically through another friend, who didn’t send it, but clicked on the link: “You can remove Timeline” . So – everyone on that friend’s list got one!
Can you help? And where do I look for your answer ?

Angela Alcorn

Wow, that sounds like a particularly dodgy viral scam. There’s plenty similar to this, but usually each user needs to click something.

To get rid of it, you should be able to go to your timeline, click the cross in the corner and hide everything from the application.

Bernardo Delapasion

another way to fight those silly notifications
is delete your account and get a life
loool
kidding
after all those time i wasted on farmville
hehehhe

Fausto Berti

I just would like to know how to cancel definitively my identity/account from that crazy Facebook

John Yates

Thank you for confirming my total refusal to get involved in any way with this viral horror Facebook.
I trust that my email address will remain secret?

Janet Caen

You’re reading my mind! This is exactly what I wanted to do TODAY! Now I don’t have to look up how to get rid of the unwanted invites. – THANK YOU!

Brad Tefft

Great article. i get asked these kinds of questions all the time by those that are not too savvy on internet and are curious about Facebook.

Larry

is there a way to search for and jump to a particular post ?

my objective is to be able to quickly go to the last post I read yesterday, and begin there moving towards the top which is in the order the posts were written.

I already post a ================= to Only Me, when I’m up to date reading all, but it take a lot of time to scroll down to 23 hours ago…

Aibek Esengulov

Have you tried reading our website through our RSS feed? Add it to an RSS reader like Google Reader and you’re good to go.

here is our feed, http://feeds.feedburner.com/makeuseof

Angela Alcorn

You could also just scroll back to where you left off and work backwards… But RSS is the best idea. :)

Jacob Twitchel

Thanks, this should really come in handy. I need to start filtering my news feed because 99% of my posts are for games and I would rather not see them every minute of every day. I already started blocking people and deleting people for posting pictures of disgusting stuff like beaten babies and stuff like that because I can’t stand people posting that stuff. I don’t understand why people do that. Does anyone know if you can tell it to not send so many notifications to your mobile phone? My android keeps getting notifications that I got requests in FarmVille and its getting annoying. I don’t even play FarmVille.

Angela Alcorn

If you fix your notifications up as shown in this article (and remove notifications from Farmville) it should stop them on all your devices.

Matheus Pratta

I’ve disabled most of my applications on my profile and once organized friends into lists and removed pages that were making my news feed full…
I also hide posts who doesn’t help on my feed, to make it even more cleaner.

For notifications, I filter Facebook notifications on my email, so they don’t fall directly into my inbox…

Angela Alcorn

Sounds like you’re pretty sorted when it comes to Facebook. :)

Robin

I recently found this site and love it for the great information it shares – thank you. This post is JUST what I need. I comment very seldomly on FB and use it to keep up with what’s happening in general but most of the time it’s a bit of a bore. Any info to give us more control here I’m sure would be well received. It’s a matter of taking the time to click around but specific instructions are wonderful!!

Eric Wardowski

Excellent tips!

I have a problem where one of my friends posts get reported in notifications. Only that friend and no others gets listed in notifications that same way. Do you have any idea how to stop that from happening short of unfriending that person?

Angela Alcorn

Maybe you added that person to Facebook’s “Close friend” smartlist and have set notifications to be given from anyone on that list. Try editing the “Close friend” list or changing your notification settings so that you don’t get extra notifications from those friends.

Deidre

Thanks so much, I just found out about acquaintance lists v friend lists a few days ago and its already helped a LOT. Now if only Facebook had a ‘dislike’ button…

Donald Patnaude

I’m having a problem logging in and out? When I log in it shows my profile picture and I am receiving points for everything I do as normal. When I go to the rewards tab it then won’t allow me to buy anything with my points. It says I must loggin first? My picture is still showing along with my 2,109 points but I can not buy anything. Can someone please help me. Thank you very much.
Regards,
Donald

Angela Alcorn

Weird. I’ll pass this on to James and see if he can work it out for you.

Jim

My daughter is being plagued by friend requests via “You may know this person” from total strangers, mostly from foreign countries, some in foreign languages. She wants to block this function and I’ve been trying to help her find a way to do it. No luck! Anyone know the trick?

Angela Alcorn

It sounds like it’s just suggesting people she may know rather than actually notifying her of a friend request. Maybe these people know her email address somehow (maybe via spam).

For actual friends requests, you can change the privacy settings so that only friends of friends can request to be a friend. That might help a little.

Afolayan Johnson

Thanks for the heads up on “How To Get Rid Of Facebook Notifications & Other Annoying Things You Don’t Want To See [Weekly Facebook Tips]“.
This is my first comment but MakeUseOf materials helped in no small way.
Cheers

Sethuraj Sivadasan

Thanks a lot for this guide. Though I know a few bits of it, I’m able to hide a few more using this guide.

Freecycle Me

Very useful, thanks for the heads up

Gloria Grant

I am getting porn notifications on fb,,, if I try to answer to just give them a piece of my mind, and tell them to bugger off, it just takes me to the site,, also there is no drop down arrow to delete those posts,,, what to do ???

Angela Alcorn

Sounds like viral spam. Don’t reply to those things! You can report the app to Facebook, but often they find out about them soon enough anyway.

Can you go to your timeline and delete it using the cross in the corner? Or go to your timeline and click on the “Activity log” you might see it listed there and be able to remove it from the timeline that way. Good luck!

Shane Andrews

Not sure if this information has been posted, but you can click on an app in your news feed, and it will take you to a screen asking for permission to add it.

In small print at the bottom will be a link that says go to app center. Once there again in small print on bottom right hand side will be the option to block it. This will eliminate that app from ever appearing in your news feed again, thereby saving you from missing out on stuff you may or may not want to see by utilizing the “hide” feature. The “hide” feature is like a bulldozer, effective, but not subtle.

Angela Alcorn

The “hide” function is like a bulldozer if you’re hiding people, yes. But if you’re just hiding the apps it’s a bit more subtle. :)

Thanks for mentioning these steps though, as it’s another way to do things.

Monica Garcia Miranda

very useful! thanks!!

Jackie Parkins

I am a huge fan of the “hide” option.

Brois of Oundaland

I used to be a facebook fanatic back when it was small and never had any money invested in the stock market. I used to play all the games, have over 1000 friends. Get invited to social events everyday. But then I woke up. Getting rid of my facebook was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I am so glad I no longer use any social web sites like that anymore. Now I have a “real life” outside of the computer, with “real friends” and I have never regretted it since then.

May God Bless you all

Shane_West

Security is not a strong point evidently

Edward Bellair

All info to counter zombiebooks sneaky ways is a plus.

Nancy B

Love the hide feature on FB!
Use it all the time.

Also read the tip on Disable Friends notifications to remove unwanted notices of that they are doing/gaming etc. I use that everytime I add a new friend for gaming that I only see their gaming info and nothing else!

John Morris

I can not scroll to the bottom of my notifications, on facebook, to see all the posts. Help.

Angela Alcorn

You might have to go through them one by one… Sorry.

Anna

I am getting annoying pages you might light on my iphone facebook app, I’m not seeing them online on my laptop, how do I stop them?

Angela Alcorn

I think that’s part of Facebook’s promotional efforts whenever you view your home page. If you’re on your laptop maybe you normally view a friend list or interest list and therefore don’t see it.

valentina podchasova

Thank you,Angela,for this necessary and simple explanation of “how”- for me it is extremely useful!I am determined to go on learning “How…”.Valentina Podchasova

Val Kristianson

I have crap on my news feed & timeline. I want it removed. I did not ask for this inappropriate stuff. Girls asking to meet men or men asking to meet woman. Please help me get rid of this crap!!!

Mahesh

I went through all the comments above. None of them could solve the annoying “Pages you may like” and “Suggested Posts” that appear on my Facebook page on my mobile. Nobody appears to have any idea how to stop these annoying ads. I have begun to hate Facebook because of this.

Maureen

Same problem here. They drive me nuts. As I scroll through on my touch screen, I sometimes accidentally “like” those suggested posts and then have to go in and unlike them. Does anyone know how to get rid of suggested posts on mobile devices? (I don’t know if they show up on the computer or not)

Angela Alcorn

I’ve searched for a way to stop it too. It doesn’t seem possible on mobile devices. Very annoying!

sarah

I’m no longer getting notifications about when people comment after me in a post. I would like to know, because sometimes I ask a question using the comments box, and if someone responds to me answering my Q, I would like to know about it! Does anyone know how to turn this function back on, even though I don’t believe I ever turned it off…?

Angela Alcorn

Go to Account Settings > Notifications and browse through the options there. Most likely (by what you say) you’ve unchecked one of the options under “Comments”. Good luck!

sarah

Thanks for getting back to me.

The thing is, I am unable to find a comments option. All I see are the main areas “How you get Notifications” and “What Notifications you get,” and neither area has a comments thing. I’ve clicked to edit the options of each subheading in each area, and I don’t see comments anywhere. :(

Thanks for trying to help, though.

Angela Alcorn

Aargh, Facebook! Yesterday, when I wrote the reply I could see it clearly in the Notifications section (there was a “Comments” section just like the “Links” section shown in the article). Today I see exactly as you say. They’ve gone and changed it again.

On the plus side, maybe that means your settings have been reset now.

sarah

Why would they do something so stupid??! (Although it IS Facebook, so why am I surprised?) I don’t think my settings have changed, unfortunately. I still don’t get any notifications about people commenting under me. I don’t get any notifications about people liking my posts or comments, either, although this does seem to be limited to non-friends.

For example: I comment on someone’s wall post on a page for a television show that I like. I don’t know these people, but I would like to know if anyone “liked” my comment, or commented beneath me, just in case they were responding to or addressing something I said in my comment…. :[

Aargh, Facebook can be such a frustration at times. XD

KT

I am an avid FB poster (maybe 5 to 10/day) and I wish to control the pushed notifications of my postings to my friends.

I realize that they have more control about receiving, (as mush as I do), however, I noticed that one friend’s posts DO NOT appear in the notifications (or email) — YET — is in my feed. So it’s a matter of when I pop in — I may or may not see his posts. Now, if I want to see ‘all’ that he’s up to — i just go to his wall. No muss, no fuss — I like that and wish to do the same as I do not want to annoy my friends with my stuff…

I’ve been all over the net and FB Help — and zip about this. Everything I find is about control what I see — but I want to control what goes OUT in the notifications when I post.

Any suggestions?

Angela Alcorn

Hmm. You can’t control what notifications are sent, but you could potentially create several different friends lists and post to whichever was more suited to each post, in order to not overload certain friends. I can’t think of much else you can do though, sorry.

Cody

On the left side of the browser, you have Favorites, Ads, Pages, Friends, Groups, etc., all of which have feeds underneath them. For example the Close Friends feed or the feed for your school. Well, you get these annoying blue boxes next to each feed whenever there’s been an update in that feed. One of the feeds under Pages is called Like Pages, which takes you to a gallery of pages you can like. I have a blue box indicating 4 that will not go away no matter how many times I go to that feed, refresh the page, and/or go through all the categories like Music, Movies, etc. I know it’s just one little blue box with a 4 in it but how do I get rid of this?!?! It’s so annoying to see and the fact that I can’t get rid of it like I can the others is very frustrating. >:(

Nfatoys

If you have Facebook Purity installed, you can enter a code into the CSS filter and it will remove that link from showing up. It’s described on the following FBP page:

http://www.fbpurity.com/css.htm

TheRyGuy

“You’ll see there’s a lot of different options available to you.” Please stop misusing “there’s”. It should be “there are”

Angela Alcorn

Oops, you’re right. Fixed. These things happen. :)

Robin Wagar

The hidden thing is not on my newsfeed for something called Causes. I signed a petition with that organization and it has every person I sent it to on my newsfeed but I can’t get rid of it. There is not the usual hide thing on the side. How do I get rid of this?

Katie Weitzel

I do not like Facebook asking stupid question on my page Like how are you doing today?? How the hell do I get this off, and how did it get on my page?? I hate it!!

Angela Alcorn

This one’s new, so I don’t know of any hacks to remove it yet. But it annoys a lot of people, so no doubt there will be something like a Greasemonkey script to remove it in the future.

Philip Baker

I agree. Being British I also dislike the way every expression, spelling and use of language (how are you doing is just one small example) is American. I don’t have any objection to American English, far from it, but for Americans. I live in France and of course the French can have Facebook in French – and most other languages are catered for. But they have no respect for the cultural identity of those who use other forms of English. Language is more than just about communicaton, it is about identily too, and the big intertnet companies such as Facebook, Microsoft, Google, etc etc are too lazy to respect non-American English users. The end result, of course (and it is happening despairingly quickly) is that the other forms of English will disappear, along with much of what is important to our personal identities.

Angela Alcorn

I see that happening all over the internet too. It’s very annoying! Also, to a lesser extent it is infiltrating into other languages too (I’m in France too, BTW). Have you noticed that because of all the American shows being dubbed into French, the younger generation are starting to use phrases that are very American, even though they are spoken in French? It’s a little odd.

Amber

Hi. I know how to do this on a computer but I don’t have access to one right now. I’m using my iPhone 4, and my friend is trying to help me but it’s not exactly what I need. He knows what I’m trying to do but I can’t figure out how to do it on this. I want to clear my notification history from the icon. There r things on there that when I see the picture of the person it upsets me. So it’d be better to jus clear the history. On the computer like I said I know how to do that but whn I try on here I’m not being able to do it

Angela Alcorn

Could you just block the person in the photo?

Other than that, I’m sorry, but I’m not an iPhone person so I can’t really answer your question. You can try asking over at MakeUseOf Answers, though:
http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/ask

Good luck.

Philip Baker

What I want to do is to get rid of Pages Feed altogether, though I suspect this is something Facebook will not allow me to do. I wish we could tailor Facebook to be exactlly the way we want it, not the way Facebook wants us to have it.

Every day I see that I have a large number next to Pages Feed. When I click on Pages Feed it says ‘Recent updates from pages you’re connected to’. I didn’t know I was connected to any pages (what do they mean by ‘pages’ anyway?). But in any case, there don’t seem to be any ‘pages’ when I go to Pages Feed – just that message. And of course the ever increasing red number, which is annoying.

In the list in the left hand column, I would like to be able to choose exactly what I have and don’t have.

Angela Alcorn

Sorry, I don’t think it’s possible to hide that number yet. But it is strange that you’d have a number there and then not see anything in the pages feed. Have you liked any pages?

Jim M.

This is a relatively new thing that’s happened from Facebook , I say relatively new because it just started less than a year ago and I’ve had my account for several. The problem is that no matter what page I go to I’m followed by sometimes multiple small rectangular blue boxes marked with F Share in them and although they are somewhat small they are still very intrusive as I have to guess what some words are when reading an article because it’s covering the words in a sentence or directly over a picture and when looking at a sales ad there’s one on every item that’s for sale on that page. Like I’d want to share everything I buy with the world? How do I get rid of it once and for all!

Angela Alcorn

It sounds like you want to use an extension like Facebook Blocker, which essentially blocks all the Facebook widgets from showing up elsewhere on the web.
http://webgraph.com/resources/facebookblocker/

Jim M.

Well , I went there and clicked on the Firefox download and a window popped up asking me what I want to open it with and I didn’t know so I browsed and ended up clicking all of them one after another to open it and nothing worked. Any other ideas?

Angela Alcorn

If you’re using Firefox, you should just be able to open it in Firefox.

I don’t have any other ideas to fix your problem right now, sorry. You could try asking on MakeUseOf Answers, though:
http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/ask

Good luck.