How To Remove Spam Apps & Ensure App Privacy [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Angela Randall 02-10-2012

remove spam apps facebookApps on Facebook can be great, but they can also be a right pain in the neck. On one hand, there’s useful apps like Spotify or which make it easy to share your music taste with your friends. Mostly these are welcomed and vaguely interesting for the friends to view. On the other hand, there’s annoying games and spammy viral apps that post things on your timeline.


There are several ways to clean up the apps you’re using and ensure your privacy settings for apps are set just right. There are also some easy ways to remove and report applications when required – like when you’ve accidentally clicked on a viral scam app. Here’s what you need to know.

Setting Privacy For Applications

When your absent-minded friend installs yet another dodgy application, how much information do you want the developers to find out about you? And what about this way around – if you’re using a new game, how much information do you want the developers to know about your family? Your grandmother? Your kids?

This is the reason people need to check privacy settings for applications. Until you lock down your privacy, you never really know what information is being collected about you and your friends via apps you or your friends may have installed. Scary, isn’t it?

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Go to the drop-down menu in the top right of Facebook and choose “Privacy Settings“, then choose to edit the settings for “Ads, Apps and Websites”. From here you can choose exactly what information can be seen by applications your friends install. Since you don’t know anything about the developers of most apps or what your friends might install, un-checking most of these boxes is a great idea. Then, if you care about your family and friends, teach them how to do this too.


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Clean Up Your Apps

There are two main ways to get a list of all your apps. Firstly, you could go to the arrow at the top-right of Facebook and choose “Account settings” and then choose “Applications“. Secondly, you could navigate from the Facebook Home page to the “App Center” using the links on the left hand side, then choosing “My Apps” from the menu on the left.

remove spam applications facebook

remove spam applications facebook


Either of these options will give you a list of all the applications you have authorised for your account. Although, the second method has the option of sorting by “Last used“, which is handy when searching for something you recently added or got annoyed by. To remove the applications, just click on the cross to the right of each application. Remove anything that looks suspicious, unfamiliar or unused and you could clean up your apps in no time. And don’t worry, if you remove something useful it can always be added again later. It’s no big deal.

How To Get A Spam App Off Your Timeline Wall

It happens all the time. People see an update in their feed from a friend claiming to let them view a certain video or see who looks at your Facebook profile. They click on it impulsively because they’re curious and instantly they have posted that same update on to all their friends. The viral app continues to annoy and intrigue their friends and the cycle continues. So, how do you get rid of it?

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Every update on your timeline can be removed and the application may be reported as spam. Simply head to your timeline and click on the edit pencil in the top-right of the update. The menu for an update will show a “Remove” option and a “Report Spam” option, while a clustered bundle of information from an application will show options to “Remove Application” or “Mark As Spam“. If you accidentally remove the post first, you can use the methods above for cleaning up your apps to remove the app, which should show as recently used.


Never Get An App Request From THAT Person/App Again

If you hate getting reminders and requests from apps, there’s an easy way to block them. Head to the Facebook Home page and choose “App Center” from the menu on the left, then “Requests“. You’ll see a list of all your recent requests from apps. From here it’s simple – just click on the cross to the right of a request and it will give you the option to block the application completely.

Or if you’re always getting requests from the same person, you can block that person’s requests completely instead.

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remove spam facebook


Hiding Apps From Your Newsfeed

We went through this in detail recently in the article “How To Get Rid Of Facebook Notifications & Other Annoying Things You Don’t Want To See 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 “, but it’s worth noting quickly here too. If an application shows up in your news feed that you find annoying, just click the drop-down arrow to the right and choose “Hide” from the menu. It will then give you the option to block the application or the person who made the update. Most of the time, hiding the application is the best move.

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What bugs you about Facebook apps? Tell us all your pet moans and groans in the comments!

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  1. Michael
    April 3, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    I want to remove Instagram photos from my Facebook newsfeed. How can I do it? Please help!

  2. danny6114
    October 24, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    I tried to turn off the apps platform and it wouldn't let me, kept giving me error message, yeah right, error my ass.

  3. Edward Bellair
    October 19, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    If privacy means so little maybe its time we all live in glass houses.

  4. Anonymous
    October 13, 2012 at 8:44 am

    it certainly makes one think/actually I think i will say farewell to facebook as i can use the time in a more rewarding way. however keeping in touch is very important

  5. Shmuel Mendelsohn
    October 10, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    It's great to be able to post to Facebook without worries!

  6. Pat Rochester
    October 7, 2012 at 4:59 am

    Thank you very much for all the helpful information. My biggest moan is when Companies
    say you like their product or page or whatever and you have never heard of them.
    My other pet peeve is apps asking for your permission to access your info, your contacts
    info and whether or not they can allow third parties to post on your facebook page.
    I always cancel an app when it asks that. No I don't want my contacts info going all over the place.

  7. Drew Butler
    October 6, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    You should take a chill pill Kathy.. If you're offended that easily you might not want to be on the internet. I totally agree with the writer. People give access to all their information and accounts to apps that are untrustworthy. Read the permissions ;)

  8. Muhammad Idrees
    October 6, 2012 at 6:52 pm

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  10. afzaal
    October 5, 2012 at 10:38 am

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  11. Hilsh
    October 4, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Thanks very much for this Angela. I've found the biggest problem with Facebook apps are the one's that insist they have to have the right to "post as me". This is where one of my friends signs up for an app and then I get daily requests "from" this person "John Doe wants you to join him on App X!". If you send a message to your friend you might even find that he never uses the app anymore. And even if it is useful you can't use it without spamming all your friends to try it to, even if you know they wouldn't like it.

    That's why I bother to check Facebook maybe 2 or 3 times a month. The real info is lost in with the garbage. I've even tried the "never get another request from that app again" and I've found it doesn't always work. I wonder if some manufacturers can pay to have that feature malfunction when it applies to them?

  12. Charlton Buck
    October 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Great information. I will you your tips to improve my facebook security.

  13. Sanyam Jain
    October 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    >can anybody tell me what should i do so that no 1 else can hack my facebook profile.
    >can anybody tell me the ways i can hack a facebook profile of a person who is in my friend list.

  14. Edwin Williams
    October 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Thanks! Helpful article!

  15. Brad Tefft
    October 3, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Regardless of the wording that some may have taken as a personal attack (sorry about that, try not to take it personally), the tips within the article are quite good and useful. Thanks!

  16. Loreson San Juan
    October 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    be in control!

  17. Rhonda
    October 3, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I am truly annoyed with all the suggested pages and sponsored crap now appearing when I use Facebook on my iPad. I don't see these on my laptop nor on my BlackBerry. How can I get rid of these? I don't care if my friend liked WalMart, Deal Dash or whatever the hell they just clicked on.

    • Angela Alcorn
      November 10, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      I don't have an iPad, but I'm sure the app would allow you to show just a custom list of friends. This means you'll just see the best updates from those friends and not the full garbage that winds up in the home feed. So, try making a custom friends list and view that on your iPad. Good luck!

  18. Pavels Ostrovskis
    October 3, 2012 at 8:58 am

    That's one of the most helpful articles I've read about Facebook so far. Even with a few dozens of friends there is always one or two who is installing apps like crazy. This should help immensely, thanks!

  19. salim benhouhou
    October 3, 2012 at 8:05 am

    thank you angela for the info

  20. Macwitty Karin Holmqvist
    October 3, 2012 at 6:58 am

    One would wish even absent-minded friends read this!

  21. Deekshith Allamaneni
    October 3, 2012 at 2:38 am

    Another tip: Opt for "Only me" option when it asks "who can see the posts made by this app on your time line".

    • Tug Ricks
      October 3, 2012 at 5:38 am

      I always do this. Facebook is about connecting with friends, not visual noise.

  22. Ruben Marrero
    October 3, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Thanks, tired of receiving aps request... problem fix...

  23. Hoku Sarroca
    October 2, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    I don't have anything chked even the " when I'm online " I left everything unchked, just don't care for all the ridiculous ad's can't believe Fb allows some R rated ad's to come up it's very annoying

    • Anonymous
      October 2, 2012 at 11:57 pm

      Those ads are often based off your browsing history.

      • BaraBara Dominicano
        October 6, 2012 at 7:09 pm

        this are receiving aps request is more from friends,,,

  24. Kathy
    October 2, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    "When your absent-minded friend installs yet another dodgy application, " Do you want some of us to continue to read your website? Try not insulting people who use "apps." I'm sorry, some of us like to have fun. We aren't absent-minded; we are using facebook in one of its intended methods.

    I find myself insulted and confused how a website that normally puts out quality articles thinks its okay to insult people because the writer obviously does not like farmville or facebook games/apps.

    • Pat Rochester
      October 7, 2012 at 5:11 am

      I think you might have misunderstood the idea behind the comment. When your friends different apps for themselves and the app asks for permission to have all your contacts info as well not everyone wants to be bombarded with game requests. My friends download apps and give their permission and then I get socked with game requests to play slot games, poker games, diner dash, the sims social, the ville etc etc etc. That what a lot of my nitifications are requests to play games because so and so plays or did play or whatever.
      I, myself will not use an app when it asks for my permission to have all of my contacts information. I try to respect their privacy.

    • Angela Alcorn
      November 10, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      Didn't mean to offend you at all, so I'm sorry you read it that way. As an avid app user, I'm sure you well know that there's a big difference between a good app and a dodgy app.

      Some apps collect a huge amount of information about your friends, which is unfair to them. To counter this, we need to educate people so that everyone knows how to prevent apps their friends add from getting their information.

  25. Boyd Yocum
    October 2, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    I didn't realize that there are so many more things to look up and correct on FB, on it now

    • Terry Kirkup
      February 3, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      On one of my pages there is a box on the right beneath the Admin area listing "XX Friends connected to ..." with their icons/avatars. There is also one larger icon below those which says "1 Friend was here". I desperately want to get rid of that without having to unfriend this person - any ideas how please?

      • Angela Alcorn
        February 12, 2013 at 1:42 pm

        There is no setting to get rid of this, sorry. However, I think everyone is shown their own friends in that box, meaning your fans won't see that friend unless they are friends with them also.