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How to Block Facebook Page Invites and Game Requests

Ben Stegner Updated 06-05-2020

Facebook invites can get annoying quickly. While you probably don’t mind someone inviting you to like a page every once in a while, getting spammed with game or page invites constantly is a huge hassle.

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So, in this article, we’ll show you how to turn off Facebook invites. While it’s not possible to flip a single switch and stop all invites on Facebook, you can disable a lot of them manually.

How to Stop Getting Invites on Facebook

Facebook has an entire page in its Settings panel dedicated to blocking. This is the best way to manage your blocked pages and stop new invites on Facebook.

To have a look, click the small arrowat the top-right of Facebook and choose Settings. On the resulting page, select Blocking from the left side. Here you’ll see several categories of content you can block.

Facebook Blocking Page

To add a new blocked user or app, just enter a name in the box and select the match when it appears. Let’s quickly take a look at each blocking method in turn.

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Block Users

This is the most heavy-handed blocking option. If you block someone on Facebook, they can’t see anything you post, invite you to events, chat with you, or send you a friend request.

Using this is overkill if you just want to stop receiving game invites from someone, as we’ll show how to block individual invites in a moment. Keep this option in mind if someone is overly creepy or annoying, though. We have previously detailed how to find out who has blocked you on Facebook How Can I Find Out Who Blocked Me on Facebook? Who blocked me on Facebook? What to do if you suspect someone has blocked you on Facebook? Here's how to find out. Read More .

Block Messages

Next is Block Messages, which prevents a friend from contacting you on Facebook Messenger. Use this if their messages are annoying, but you don’t want to fully block them from interacting with your timeline content.

Block App Invites

Facebook Block App Invites

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The next option is extremely useful if you have a friend who constantly begs you to play a game so they can get more lives or credits. Enter a friend’s name here, and you’ll automatically ignore all future app requests from them.

This is a good solution if you have one annoying friend who plays lots of games on Facebook.

Block Event Invites

Do you have a friend who invites you to parties and other get-togethers you don’t care about? You can block event invites from anyone on your friends list here.

Like apps, adding their name will ignore all event requests going forward.

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Block Apps

Above, we mentioned how to block app requests from specific people. Further down is the flipside of that option: blocking an entire app, no matter who tries to invite you to it.

While this is useful for blocking all contact from popular Facebook games, it also lets you prevent other apps from using your Facebook information. While Facebook apps aren’t as popular as they once were, it’s worth blocking any that you don’t trust.

Block Pages

A page is a Facebook account for a brand, celebrity, company, or similar. If you need to for some reason, you can block a page on this options menu. Doing so prevents the page from interacting with you. If you’ve liked that page, blocking it will unlike and unfollow it for you.

You probably won’t need this one as much as the others unless you come across an abusive brand page, but it’s nice to have the option.

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How to Block Page Invites on Facebook

There’s one major omission in the above list: stopping page invites on Facebook. Anyone who likes a page can invite their friends to like it as well, and Facebook even encourages you to do this sometimes. You’ve almost certainly been swarmed with page invites on Facebook at some point.

Facebook Page Invite

Unfortunately, there’s currently no way to turn off page invites on Facebook. Based on our testing, locking event invites doesn’t stop page invites.

Your only real options are using the tools above. If people invite you to a particular page all of the time, use the Block Pages tool to stop seeing content from it. Otherwise, if there’s a certain friend who invites you to like pages all the time, you may want to consider unfriending and/or blocking them.

If that’s not an option, consider posting a status update letting your friends know that you don’t want to receive page invites anymore. This probably won’t stop everything, but it’s worth a try.

Using the Apps and Websites Page

Facebook has a page dedicated to letting you manage how apps interact with your account. It shows all of the apps you’ve used Facebook to log into, so it’s worth reviewing while you’re managing blocking on your account.

Head to Settings > Apps and Websites on Facebook to access this. You’ll see three boxes under Preferences, which we’ll discuss in a moment.

How to Completely Block All Facebook Apps

If you want to prevent all apps and games from using your Facebook account, you can disable the Facebook App Platform.

This is found in the Apps, Websites, and Games box on the mentioned page. Turning it off lets you completely block apps and websites from using your Facebook account. Click the Edit button to change the setting.

Facebook App Website Preferences

A new window will open to explain what happens if you remove access for apps, websites, and games to use your Facebook account. Essentially, you won’t be able to use Facebook to sign into or connect anything. For just a few examples, that means the following integrations won’t work:

  • Signing into websites and services like Spotify with your Facebook account.
  • Playing games that require you to connect with Facebook.
  • Using Facebook integration with services like the Nintendo Switch, which lets you find friends from and share screenshots to Facebook.

In addition, if you disable this, posts that apps and websites made to your account may be deleted. Doing so may also cause you to lose access to accounts that you use Facebook to log into.

Facebook Turn Off App Website Access

While this is a viable way to block apps from accessing your data on Facebook, we recommend thinking this through carefully before using it. You should make sure you don’t have any important accounts or integrations using your Facebook account that you would miss.

How to Turn Off All Game and App Notifications

Also on the Apps and Websites page, you’ll see a second box titled Game and App Notifications. Click Edit, then Turn Off to hide all notifications from games and apps.

If you don’t care about any content from these apps or don’t want to block them individually using the above controls, this is a handy way to stop all notifications in one sweep. It doesn’t affect the games themselves, so you can continue to play them.

How to Manage What Facebook Apps Know About You

Finally, since you’re taking the time to block invites on Facebook, you should also check what apps have your information on the platform. With Facebook’s many privacy concerns 4 Reasons Why Facebook Is a Security and Privacy Nightmare Facebook is no longer the king of the social media castle. If you value your anonymity, security, and privacy, here are some great reasons to quit Facebook today. Read More , it’s smart to know what’s accessing your data.

On the Apps and Websites page, you’ll see three tabs at the top:

Facebook Expired Apps

  • Active means that you’ve logged into the app or service recently. It can request the info you’ve shared with it at any time.
  • Expired indicates that you haven’t been active with the app for more than 90 days (or that Facebook has marked it as expired). The app may still be able to access anything you shared in the past, but can’t ask for new information.
  • Removed apps are ones you’ve removed from your account since 2015. Like expired apps, they may have previous info but can’t access anything new.

You should review each service on the Active tab to make sure you still trust it. Open apps in the Expired section and you can click Renew Access to restore them.

For Active and Expired services, it’s possible to disable individual settings, such as preventing the app from seeing your friends list or turning off notifications. For apps you don’t use any more, check the boxes to the right and choose Remove.

Facebook Active App Settings

The Easy Way to Block Facebook Invites

In this article, we’ve looked at how to block invites on Facebook. While it’s unfortunately not possible to stop getting page invites, you can control most other forms of Facebook invite. Using these tips will let you keep your notification box from overflowing with unwanted invitations.

For more tips on how to make Facebook usable, take a look at our article detailing how to fix common Facebook problems 10 Common Facebook Problems and Errors (And How to Fix Them) Facebook has lots of problems and frustrations. Here are fixes for the most annoying Facebook issues and errors you'll come across. Read More .

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  1. Spamalot
    February 24, 2015 at 1:02 am

    I got two invites to a dating app today so I went to the link
    http://apps.facebook.com/topface and looked at the bottom right of the page where there used to be a Block App button. I was not able to immediately find it.
    I saw that other apps had different links to reach them so I tried
    https://www.facebook.com/games/topface
    Sure enough, in this alternate page for the app I found the Block button and made use of it with much joy.
    So if you're looking to block an app that you might be getting many invites from look for the blocking button in
    https://www.facebook.com/games/%5Bgame ID]
    Other than that, I'm out of solutions for blocking an app.

  2. Liz
    February 23, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Adding onto Henk's - I've been on sites where if you want to comment, you HAVE to have a facebook account. I used to buy a monthly nail polish box and, to comment/ask questions on their blog, you had to have a FB account. I find that s*** annoying.

    I use Venmo to transfer money to people. If you sign up using your fb login, it's a quick setup. I refused to and had to verify various bits of information about myself, just to keep it separate from fb.

    Also, great article. I knew most of it, but the part about my friends' apps seeing my information is a little terrifying and I didn't know that.

  3. Bill
    February 21, 2015 at 2:09 am

    You could use an add-on (extension) called FaceBookPurity; it is browser specific meaning you have to have it on all browsers you login to Facebook.

    It is very flexible and gives you MANY option as to what you see on FB.

  4. Henk van Setten
    February 20, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Thanks for responding, Aaron. Well, let me give you a random example of what I mean.

    I am a paying subscriber of the Dutch Postcode Loterij. This is a monthly lottery where the prizes are based on people's geo location, by connecting the prize numbers to the participants' postal code number.

    Just a couple days ago I got an email from the lottery announcing a special free promo action for all lottery members: offering us a chance (just by clicking a personalized link in the email) to win a street party for all people living in our street.

    The catch? Even though I (as a paying subscriber to this lottery) should be able to participate here, I can't -- because this offer is somehow connected to Facebook. When I click my personalized link, it redirects me straight to a Facebook "open a Facebook account" page!

    If you want to try it out for yourself, here is the link from my email (and again: this is no spam link but a link from an official email from an bonafide lottery that I'm a member of):
    http://bericht.postcodeloterij.nl/public/r/F4IEx71sWYA2qaOGPtZutQ/p8iFwAsEEhFKQ9yvjX5lMA/l+WMz5xhSW8LLQ1mc+knWA

    As said, instead of to the lottery's action page, it sends me straight to a Facebook "open an account" page.

    Maybe you should just try surfing around for a week or so while keeping yourself logged out of all your Facebook accounts. You will discover soon enough that this kind of thing happens all the time, on all kinds of sites.

  5. Henk van Setten
    February 20, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    I had also hoped this post would be about something entirely different. As an individual without a Facebook account, I do find it truly annoying that very often, when I try to use a comment box on a completely unrelated site, or when I try to participate in some shop's discount offer, or even when I just try to follow some info link, instead I am redirected to a kind of blocking page that kindly "invites" me to create a Facebook account first.

    For a moment, I was hoping this post would offer a smart way to bypass all those unwanted Facebook invitation pages... Alas.

    And to those who'd like to tell me now "then why don't you just open a Facebook account?" my answer remains: no, thanks. Rather not.

    • Aaron Couch
      February 20, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      So, just to clarify your question. Are these websites requiring you to use a Facebook account to interact with them, such as making a comment or entering a contest? Or are they simply asking if you want to like their Facebook page? The latter seems as if it is just a website pop-up. I'm not quite following how you are getting asked to create a Facebook account by these websites. Perhaps you could provide some of the website names too to help me understand a bit more.

      Thanks!

  6. likefunbutnot
    February 19, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    There's some moron in Nebraska who keeps signing up for Facebook using an E-mail address that belongs to me. He also signs up for other services using the same address, which makes me think it's probably some old man who just doesn't know or understand what his actual address is, but nonetheless, he probably tries two or three times a week and he's been doing so for almost 10 months.

    With most online services, I can contact someone, explain the issue and ask it to disallow registrations from that account name. Eventually, a human being will follow up and the matter will be dealt with.

    There are many, many communications I would like to have with Facebook as a non-user, starting with getting someone to bar that guy from trying to create an account attached to my e-mail address. I've never even gotten so much as an automated response, nor can I find any other productive means of communication.

    Needless to say, I had hoped this article would be about something different.

    • Aaron Couch
      February 19, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      Not really sure how to help in that situation. Have you tried contacting one of the other services about it? Also, there is often a link in the email saying to click it if you didn't prompt for the email to be sent to you.

      Sorry you were hoping for something different. Given the title, what else you were wanting this article to be about?

    • Pamela
      February 21, 2015 at 2:05 am

      I have the same problem . I get receipts, travel info and signed up to newsletters. It's so annoying. There's more than one in the USA and a lady in Australia that uses my email address.