Annoying Facebook notifications: How to get rid of them

Annoying Facebook notifications: How to get rid of them

Summary: I don't know about you, but I'm sick and tired of constantly seeing the same app and game notifications over and over and over again. If you're ready to finally get rid of them, here's how.

TOPICS: Tech Industry

The more people I talk to, the more it sounds like just about everyone is sick of Facebook. The social aspect of Facebook is great, but then again, so is just, you know... being social, in general. We've all put time and effort into connecting with all the people we have, so we stick around on Facebook and deal with the things we don't like about it -- namely, things like game and app notifications that you couldn't care less about, and receiving them over and over and over and over to boot.

If you're done with the whole rigmarole of trying to figure out how to nix those annoying notifications, you'll be delighted to know there are a couple of ways you can go about it. The first method is something you can exercise as soon as you see a notification from an app/game you want to block. The second method is a way for you to quickly scan through a whole bunch of past notifications and go on an app/game-blocking frenzy. Sound like joyful, delicious fun? Indeed.

So, without further ado, here's what you need to do to start slaying those life-draining notifications:

Method 1: Individual notification extermination

1: Click your "notifications" globe in the upper-left-hand corner of Facebook. When you see the app/game notification you'd like to block, hover over it and an 'X' will appear. Click that 'X'.

2: After clicking the 'X', you'll be given a choice to either turn off notifications from that app/game, or keep them on. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to click the "Turn Off" button.

3: You should now see a message stating that you'll no longer receive notifications from that particular app/game. BOOM: that app/game is done-zo with ever sending notifications your way.

Method 2: Mass notification extermination

1: Click your "notifications" globe in the upper-left-hand corner of Facebook. Next, click "See All" to be taken to a page showing a whole slew of your recent notifications.

2: You can quickly identify game/app requests by looking at the icons on the left-hand side (I've outlined the "Words with Friends" icon as an example). Once you identify an app/game notification you'd like to block, simply hover over it and an 'X' will appear. Click that 'X', then click "Turn Off." Achievement unlocked!


As you can see, it takes a bit of maintenance to keep up with blocking app/game notifications, but at least you won't have to see FarmVille or CityVille 2 notifications for the 80 bajillionth time now. Relish this moment, my friends, for you have been annoyed by notifications for far too long! If you've yet to nix any of those app/game notifications you've so hated, then I recommend starting with method 2. It will allow you to quickly go down through a ton of notifications and wreak pure app/game-blocking carnage! Afterward, every time you get a notification for a new app/game you're not interested in, use method 1. That should set you up for the long haul.

So, with that said, if you'd be so kind, please pass this information along to your fellow Facebook friends, family, fans, and followers alike (I can't believe all of those words started with 'f'! Talk about grammar geek heaven!). I've heard from far too many people who want to disable these notifications, but haven't been able to figure out how; so, chances are, you know a person or 5 who would find you to be the coolest person on the face of the Facebook for showing them how to do this.

Are you sick of Facebook, or are there other facets of Facebook you would like to learn how to deal with? Share your woes/thoughts/experiences with us in the comments below!

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  • "Annoying Facebook notifications: How to get rid of them"

    Very simple...don't use Farcebook.

    Move along now...nothing to see here. Thank you.
    • IT_Fella says

      "Don't use Facebook"... how superbly imaginative. You are right - we can move along and there is nothing to see in your post.
    • IT_Fella tells it like it is.....

      I'm with you!! I discovered that "solution" a long time back, and have no regrets! FB and Linkedin are both a pain......... I wouldn't waste my time with either.......... I was actually forced to register and create an account on Linkedin in order to close an account that I hadn't actually opened so I could get them to leave me alone. Facebook almost as bad!
      • If you don't use Facebook, then why

        are you here on an article about Facebook commenting? I think you're just afraid to admit you're a huge Facebooker, because someone will tell you how uncool you are.....

        Stephen, thanks. Will def pass this info along, I didn't realize how easy this was...

  • Not the article I thought it'd be

    I was wishing someone knew how to correctly configure Facebook for Android notifications. Even though I select only one thing to be notified about on my phone, like chat message, I receive all notifications like status update even though it's not checked...

    So I ended up turning notifications off completely and too bad if I miss a chat...

    I already knew how to remove notifications from the website.
  • useful thanks

    Facebook does seem determined to drive users away - or perhaps there is a generation growing up that sees all this over-notification as normal.
  • After a while I just don't like Facebook

    After using Facebook a couple years. I have found that if it went away tomorrow I would not care.
    My wifes account was hacked just recently and she had a app that apparently was able to charge our credit card twice for $50 each. Luckily our card bank caught it and closed the account.
    Needless to say Facebook has become a target for hackers looking for personal information.
    Why go and try to access a PC when the web is available to them? Facebook is really bad at monitoring accounts. It was probably a week or more before they noticed any problems and notified my wife about a possible breach. If people have any concern about their personal information. They probably should think about dropping Facebook. Or at the very least stop playing all those games and apps that you certainly have allowed to access some if not all of your information.

    Adverts and SPAM are KILLING the enjoyment of all our media.
    The day will come when everyone gets tired of it and gets rid of all media.
    THEN what will adverts do? Yup, DIE!!!
    The day is soon approaching when everything will be BEAT'N to death and we'll all be standing around looking aimlessly in our pure white jumper suits.
    No WAIT! Wasn't that in the video?
  • I never did see the issue...

    I showed my 85 year-old mom how to hide/disable all of my game notifications using the simple click choice method ages ago. Done and done. I do the same, as I play the games and have far too many friends that I don't know. Another non-issue, regarding security- if you are a gamer or buyer, register only one debit account through a secure site like PayPal and only keep minimal amount in it. Since my family is financially "strapped" to the edge of the cliff, a hacker will find very little that the rest of the world doesn't already know, and also find no credit and no money. Simple and effective. I just want to keep facebook fun- as a disabled middle-aged woman, that IS my social life. A little forethought and maintenance.