How To Remove An Application From Your Facebook Profile

Saikat Basu 22-05-2009

From messages to pokes to walls, we have found instant ways to touch each other on Facebook. From the next big thing, it has morphed into a big thing. We have helped it along by connecting with those we live, share and work.


Facebook applications hopped on the fame bandwagon. Little nuggets of code built on the Facebook platform by third party developers that helps unsocial web creatures like us to be more social. There are multitude of applications, some gems and some duds.

Adding an application is a two-click process but as you go further down the Facebook highway, you will find that you don’t have a need for some of the apps. Or, you just might be peeved at all the annoying alerts and emails bombarding your account.

It’s time to nuke them! But how?

Here’s how”¦

User feedback says that removing an app from the vintage Facebook was child’s play. The revamped look calls for a bit of looking around.  But it’s not a pain in the wrist at all.

  1. Login to your Facebook account.
  2. The Applications menu is located on the bottom left of the screen. Click on it to bring up the menu.


  3. Click on Edit Applications. Alternatively, click on Settings – Application Settings located on the top blue Facebook bar.


  4. The Applications Settings page opens up with the recently used apps listed in order. Click on the drop-down menu and select Authorized to view all your applications.


  5. To remove an application simply click on the little blue cross on the right. To confirm the deletion click Remove on the confirmation dialog which pops up.


If you are just vexed over the annoying emails, then you can click on Edit Settings – Additional Permissions and deselect the options.


The application now stands deleted from your Facebook profile. You’ll not be able to use it again unless you add it to your Facebook profile all over again.

Some apps might continue sending you information to your email account registered with them. To de-authorize yourself completely, you might have to follow any cancellation link provided in the email.


Facebook’s proprietary apps like the Wall, Events or Notes etc. are needed for full functionality of the service. They cannot be removed but there settings can be adjusted through the Edit Settings option.

Removing unused apps or apps which you added for a lark helps to keep your Facebook page clean. After all, who wants to lose touch with a friend amidst all the clutter of an application’s message feed.

Finally, if you are really pissed off and want to delete the whole account, read this post by Charnita How To Delete Unwanted Online Accounts Easily Read More .

Do you keep Facebook apps which you no longer have any use of? When was the last time you took the pain to wipe out the excess baggage of unused Facebook apps? We want to know!


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  1. Brigitte
    August 3, 2009 at 3:04 am

    hmmm i did exactely as described above, but it seems to me the applications are not yet fully removed: in "application settings"->"granted additional permissions" under "offline access" and "email", some of the previously deleted apps are still shown.
    i mean, i know i could just delete them from this list, but i'm curious if there shouldn't be an easy way for customers to delete applications, without the applications still having offline access(!!) to my data? most people would probably not even notice the app hasn't been fully removed, espacially since it said "application removed" before...
    what do you guys think?

  2. Dian
    May 22, 2009 at 10:56 am

    hey, at least read those 11 inbox message before creating those screenshot :D

    • Saikat
      May 22, 2009 at 12:33 pm

      I am too busy doing my stuff for MUO!:)But, yeah...I did read them.

  3. Guy McDowell
    May 22, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Simple, useful article. Good one Saikat.

    I've had problems trying to find my applications under the new design. When I try adding them to my profile tabs, they just disappear. Strange.