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Folks, It’s Time to Delete the Facebook News Feed

Mihir Patkar 22-09-2017

It’s time to get rid of your News Feed. Facebook is a sum of many parts, including Messenger, Events, Games, and a whole lot more. The News Feed is more a distraction than anything else. Here’s how (and why) you can delete it.


Why You Should Kill Your News Feed

When it first started, the News Feed was actually pretty nice. You got to know what your close friends or family was up to, since you don’t actually call each other every day. And you followed your favorite bands or news organizations to get updates.

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But over time, the News Feed has grown into an untamed beast, giving you more information than you know what to do with. At some point, you friended the neighbor of someone you went to nursery school with, and now you keep looking at his numerous check-ins.

As for news, we all know about the scourge of fake news now How Can Social Networks Get Rid of Misinformation and Harassment? We see fake news stories and serious harassment on Facebook and Twitter, but the social giants are trying to stop it. What have they done? And will it help make the internet a better place? Read More . Despite Facebook’s best efforts to fight it, it’s a growing problem with no real end in sight.

And then there are Facebook’s “suggestions” littered throughout your feed. Back when you liked a page for your friend’s new pet store, you never thought Facebook would take that as an invitation to inundate you with cat videos.


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But most importantly, scientists keep saying the same thing in one study after another: Facebook makes you sad Facebook Makes You Sad, and "It Won't Happen to Me" is a Lie Facebook's potential as a trigger for depressive symptoms has been talked about in the past too, but this year has seen more of such studies than before. Here's what they say. Read More . You need to monitor how you consume content from the News Feed.

All put together, do yourself a favor and delete your Facebook News Feed. You’ll be better off without it.

How to Delete the Facebook News Feed

There are a few basic elements of the Facebook News Feed, and all you need to do is get rid of them.


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  1. Unfollow all your friends, pages, and groups. (Unfollow is not the same as unfriending Unfriend, Unfollow, Unlike: The Zen of The Clutter-Free Timeline Your attention is the most valuable thing on the web. It might not feel like it when you're bored, mindlessly scrolling through your news feed, but it's true. Read More . You remain friends with everyone, you just don’t see any of their posts in the news feed.)
  2. Remove or hide all Suggested Posts, Suggested Pages, and “a video you may like” suggestions.
  3. Go nuclear and hide the News Feed.

On the desktop, there are extensions to get this done. Unfortunately, it’s much harder on smartphones. So here are the best ways you can currently kill your Facebook News Feed.

How to Unfollow All Friends, Pages, and Groups

Get the Google Chrome browser if you don’t already have it. The easiest way to unfollow all your friends in a single click is through the Chrome extension Nudge.

Once you download and install the extension, go to or refresh its tab. After a few seconds, you will see a banner at the bottom to Unfollow everything like this:


facebook news feed nudge unfollow banner

Click the banner, and the follow-up confirmation banner to unfollow all friends, groups, and pages. Nudge will start its work, and you’ll see the banner unfollowing one friend after another, like this:

facebook news feed nudge progress

Once Nudge is done, refresh Facebook to see it load without any posts from friends, groups, or pages. This isn’t a browser-only effect. This is your feed from now on your mobile app or any other way you access Facebook.


Download: Nudge for Chrome (Free)

How to Remove Suggested Posts and Videos

But despite unfollowing all your friends, it’s not a clean News Feed yet. You will still have to deal with Suggested Posts from Facebook, as well as a ton of “A video you may like” suggestions.

For that, you’ll need Social Fixer, the best Facebook extension for all browsers 15 Extensions to Transform Your Facebook Experience From finding out who unfriended you to keeping to removing those annoying boxes in the sidebar, here are the 15 best extensions for a better Facebook. Read More , and use it from now on. Sorry, there is no other way to clean up the news feed.

Here’s what you need to do:

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Download: Social Fixer (Free)

  1. Refresh all Facebook tabs, or restart the browser.
  2. On the Facebook page, click the Social Fixer wrench icon in the top-right corner, and go to Social Fixer Options.
  3. Go to Hide Posts and type “A video you may like” in the box, without the quotes.
  4. Go to Filters and in Filter Subscriptions, click the green plus sign next to Hide Sponsored/Suggested Posts, Hide “Shared Memories”, and Hide “People You May Know”.
  5. Refresh all Facebook tabs.

facebook news feed hidden posts

Finally, you’ll have a clean News Feed that doesn’t have any posts to distract you. But remember, this works only on computer browsers, not on mobile.

How to Hide the News Feed Entirely

If the Facebook News Feed is a distraction while you work, you have two other options on desktop browsers Chrome and Firefox. These are simple extensions to hide the news feed entirely, thus letting you use all of Facebook’s other features without the updates.

facebook news feed eradicator

News Feed Eradicator for Chrome hides the news feed and replaces it with an inspirational quote. Basically, it expects you to check back out of habit. The similar Firefox extension, Disable Facebook News Feed, does only what it says.

Download: News Feed Eradicator for Chrome (Free)
Download: Disable Facebook News Feed for Firefox (Free)

Keep in mind that again, this will keep your mobile News Feed alive and well. Facebook exerts strong control over its app. And current mobile browsers don’t have many extensions. Your best bet is to use a third-party Facebook app The Best Third-Party Facebook Apps for Android Compared Don't like the official Facebook app? That's okay -- there are some solid alternatives. Read More , but don’t expect much.

Are You Brave Enough to Purge?

I purged my entire news feed with Nudge’s easy mechanism and used Social Fixer to clean things up. After that, I carefully followed seven people whose feeds I am still interested in. And I have to say, Facebook is a lot less distracting than before.

What about you? Are you tired of a cluttered, never-ending scroll of updates? Will you purge your news feed and follow only those who you deem worthy?

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  1. Jack Yan
    April 25, 2020 at 2:13 am

    I haven’t needed to do anything and mine’s been gone for days. Sadly, in the past it has come back. Let’s hope it doesn’t this time!

  2. susanna sek
    December 3, 2018 at 10:29 am

    I think a lot of people are forgetting some people need to use Facebook for work purposes. Right now eradicating the news feed seems to the best solution to removing distractions whilst working simultaenously.

    As for the extension for smartphone, there is FeedZen.

  3. Pam
    January 14, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Well this article is too little too late... Mark Zukerberg already realized this and his goal is to bring FB back to its roots. I am already seeing the fruits of this labor - almost no timeline ads... Yesterday I was amazed how many friends were posting, I thought it was the weather... So I checked - they had been posting all along but their posts were being drowned out by ads.

    And frankly I didn't get the point of this article. Seems like a lot of work. If he is so unhappy with FB there is a setting to deactivate...

  4. Steve Hedges
    September 27, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    This is rubbish, 99% of people rely on the news feed although they don't want to see all the rubbish posted on it.

    Most just don't realise or are to ignorant to know that there are many browser apps you can use to help control what you see but still see what you want.

    I use one called FBPurity which allows me full control on everything (i'm not affiliated) and lets me layout facebook the way I want to.

    • Todd
      January 14, 2018 at 9:36 am

      I love FB Purity. It's much better than the article's recommended Social Fixer, which seemed to be broken about every other day at one point due to FB's constant tweak of their site's code. SF just couldn't keep up. I tried FBP and there was no going back and no regrets.

  5. Geoffrey C
    September 27, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Another vote for browser plug in Fluff Busting Purity here. Great for taking charge of facebook and choosing what you want and don't want to see. No need to delete your news feed.

    • Robyn M
      January 13, 2018 at 10:24 pm

      Exactly what I did and I love it.

    • Todd
      January 14, 2018 at 9:38 am

      Love FBP. SF was constantly breaking.

  6. Stephen Russell
    September 27, 2017 at 12:08 am

    Dont use FB anymore, I left site, inactive.
    Ignore emails from FB.
    FB is Anti American, Veteran & Tradit Values.
    & News feed shows Junk stuff & some News & some Bias. (Reason I left FB for its Leftness).
    Have more people I know on my FB phone than on my PC FB & can never merge phone FB with PC FB.
    More problems

  7. Penny
    September 26, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Couple of questions: As almost 100% of my Facebook activity occurs on the app on my mobile phone, would any of these tools work for me? If I clean up my Facebook feed on the PC, will the changes carry over to the mobile app? Are there add-ons for the mobile app that allow the same sort of filtering/sorting/cleaning?

    Also: If your Facebook feed is distracting you at work, wouldn't the easy answer be to not log into Facebook at work?

  8. LastToKnow
    September 26, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    So if I add the extensions, will this change the newsfeed on my mobile device?

    • Mihir Patkar
      September 29, 2017 at 5:16 am

      Only the first extension will do that, because it unfollows people from Facebook. The rest will only affect the browser you're using.

  9. X
    September 24, 2017 at 3:29 am

    Disabling your news feed is totally unnecessary and the author of this article is an idiot for suggesting that it is.

    All you have to do is install a plugin on your browser called Fluff Busting Purity.

    www dot fbpurity dot com/

    It allows you to take total control of Facebook. You can prevent any ads from running. You can filter out posts you do not want to see, if not by unfollowing someone (which allows you to keep someone on your friends list while not seeing their posts in your newsfeed), but simply by making a list of words, so posts containing the name "Trump" for instance, will be blocked from your feed.

    You can decide exactly what you want to see in the left-hand column, the right-hand column, or the top of the page. Heck, you can even decide what color you want the page and text to be.

    And my description of the abilities of FBP is only scratching the surface.

    You can customize your Facebook page so much that you can basically see only what you want on your page, regardless of source.

    The above article is like telling you that because you don't like the way Windows looks, you should reinstall Windows.

    The author of this piece should give us all a break and go do something else for a living.
    Like pushing a broom in an office building.

    Mihir Patkar obviously should not be writing tech articles.

    • Woodrackets
      September 30, 2017 at 8:18 am

      Thanx for this.

  10. Schauk
    September 23, 2017 at 11:22 am

    I see one big problem with that. If you do so, your Facebook will get so much more interesting that it will grow your addiction.

  11. Karla gray
    September 23, 2017 at 4:31 am

    This is ridiculous! There are many other people that love the feeds and taking them away will certainly be a end of facebook! I for one will quit and tell my many friends to come with me somewhere else. This is the biggest mistake you will ever make.

  12. DJK
    September 23, 2017 at 4:06 am

    This seems like a lot of effort when one could simply deactivate their profile and FB will allow you to retain messenger. The only real benefit to doing it the hard way is to have access to events and such.

  13. Rob
    September 22, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    And then you have nothing. Might as well not go in Facebook.

  14. Rob
    September 22, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    And then you have nothing. Might as well not go on Facebook.