Annoying Facebook notifications: How to get rid of them

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.
Written by Stephen Chapman, Contributor

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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