How to Hide Notifications From Annoying Facebook Apps?

by: - Last updated on: December 17th, 2016

Like it or not. Facebook is the most popular Social networking service currently and possibly the best way to keep in touch with your friends all over the world. But many people (including me) find Facebook really annoying at times, especially when more than 75% of notifications (marked with little red button at bottom right) are updates sent from numerous stupid facebook apps.


Over the last month or so, number of friends in my network who have started playing FARMVILLE has increased tremendously and so has my frustration. I was desperately trying to figure out how to only receive important notifications, such as comments from friends, and skip the stuff various applications send across. Would you like to know as well? Read on.

3 Ways to selectively turn off Notifications / Updates in facebook

Method 1

Take your mouse pointer to Top Right portion of the notification area, an Hide button with a drop-down appears as shown below


Click on Hide (Ex: Hide Farmville). This will hide all the updates from the app.

Method 2

In the small notifications roll-up window on the bottom right, an “x” will appear as you hover the mouse pointer over individual notifications. Clicking on it will remove any further notifications from that application.


Method 3

Click on the “Notifications” button at the bottom right corner in Facebook. Click on “See All.” On the right, you’ll see a long list of every application that sends you notifications, and you can turn them off by unchecking them.



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  1. To “hide” your chat status:

    Account -> Privacy Settings -> Contact Information -> IM Screen Name.

    Choose “Only Me”

    Magic huh?

  2. Thanks for the great article.
    None of your three methods worked for me. You need to provide more details. You don’t say exactly where we should find the buttons you mention.

    Method 1:
    “Top Right portion of the notification area.” What/where is the notification area? Exactly where is the “top right portion” and what will I see there? You say the hide button “will appear,” does that mean that’s it’s hidden until I hover over it? On my Facebook home page on the top left side of the page there is a white “Facebook” logo with three icons to the right of it, usually grayed out. One of those three looks like the planet earth and when I hover over it it says “notifications.” Clicking it drops down a list of notifications, including Farmville. At the bottom of the list is “See All Notifications.” Clicking on that takes me to a “your notifications” page. But even there I don’t see anything like the “hide” button you mention. Now look over the paragraph that I just wrote and you will learn why your one sentence explanation and incomplete screen shot is woefully inadequate. FAIL.

    Method 2:
    OK, this is a better screen shot, but my Facebook does not show the little white board icon on the bottom right of my screen like you have shown here. FAIL.

    Method 3:
    I don’t see any “notifications” button at the bottom right corner of my Facebook page, and I haven’t seen any “long list of every application” anywhere in my Facebook activities. FAIL.

    You post is “not useful.”

    1. Before you “Fail” the whole post, take some pain in checking out the publishing date. A bit of common sense would tell you Facebook is constantly evolving and they keep moving their settings and buttons. I don’t mind spoon-feeding people like you, but it isn’t practical when it comes to dynamically changing service like Facebook

      1. It is clear your expertise is admirable; likewise clear that your technically informed posts are voluntary; judgmenlism towards others is unseemly. Not all of us are so nuance oriented to even social technology dynamics.
        Know personal limits, & consider the approach of cultural guide when volunteering knowledge. All is helpful in the world_ inside you & outside with the rest of us.
        I too can relate to this responder’s lack of refined awareness.
        Though I have now tried multiple google searches; read through multiple info links; done both generally & more specifically worded searches with regard to the equipment I am using, for example_ I am still not having successful results in my own inquiry experiences. This from a fairly self-sufficient & by-in-large, self-learned technology navigator & creative who is most often successful in my efforts to discern the resources I seek.
        Though the screen shots you’ve posted revealed more detail, it seems in my experience, to confirm what is not visible on my equipment. Leading me to assume first that perhaps you may be teaching from the PC platform.
        Personally, I am either using my Mac desktop, or an iPad, meaning the screen shots are frustrating. As that seemingly clear and accessible llist of “x’s” is so desireable, but so not the results showing on my equipment screen.

  3. Does anyone know how to disable app notifications from the news feed in Facebook BUT on the iPhone app? I’ve happily disabled all notifications on the web-based version of FB but the iphone app keeps annoying me with Farmville, Zoo something et al. Help is kindly appreciated.

  4. I’m having the same trouble as KErNeL. The desktop version ignores applications just fine but the mobile version (for Blackberry) won’t. Any fixes?