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Your Complete Guide to Blocking Facebook Invites

Aaron Couch 19-02-2015

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? 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 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.

1.2 Facebook Status - delete

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 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 How Facebook Makes Money and the Economics of Social Networks Facebook has become one of the world's largest companies. It generates insane revenues, and holds a significant amount of data on anyone that has signed up. But where does all that money come from? Read More .

1.3 Facebook Status (torn)

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.

2 Game Invite Notification - Turn Off

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.

7.3 Facebook - Games - Activity - Invites - hide

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.

9 Facebook - Settings - Blocking - app invites

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?

10.1 Facebook Status (torn)

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] 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 Delete Facebook Notifications Facebook has a reputation for spamming users. Here's everything you need to know about managing Facebook notifications. Read More you have or things you wish Facebook would just simply fix?

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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 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
    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 ID]
    Plan B: 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):

    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.


  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.