Get Rid of Unwanted Facebook Notifications For Good

Tired of annoying, unwanted notifications on Facebook constantly popping up? Whether it’s from that group from college you don’t follow anymore or a status you regret commenting on, a lot of times we end up getting pinged with notifications about things we don’t really care to be notified for. Especially with how much time and effort we put into social media, this gets old really fast.

Fortunately, it’s a lot easier than you think to get rid of unwanted notifications on Facebook—it just takes a few clicks, and there’s a few ways of going about it, depending on what you want to filter out. They’re also flexible, so you can go back and change your mind to enable the notifications at any time if you want.

Ready to never be annoyed with unwanted Facebook notifications ever again? Let’s get started.

Unwanted Group Notifications

This one is something that, for a while, drove me a little crazy. I joined a few professional groups on Facebook to help me network and learn. I was really excited about this, and more than happy to see the content in my Newsfeeds. I was less than happy to get a notification (and an e-mail) every time someone posted in the group.

It’s easy to disable these notifications, and there’s two ways to do it.

The first method to go about disabling these notifications is the same way you can disable all types of notifications (events, game invitations, etc)—you wait for a notification from the group to pop up.

When you’re viewing the notification, if you hover over it, you’ll see an “X” and a small dot. If you click on the dot, it will just mark the notification as read. If you click on the X, you’ll get the option to disable notifications or to see fewer notifications from that group (and only that group, not all groups).

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The second way to disable unwanted group notifications is to go to the actual group. At the top of the page, on the right hand side of the cover photo, you’ll see some options where you’ll notice that you’ve “joined” the group, and you’ll see a clickable button for notifications.

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If you click on it, you’ll see that you can choose what notifications you want to get from this group. You can choose to get notifications for all posts, the highlights (most popular/important), just posts from your friends, or no posts at all.

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Unwanted Game/App Invites

How many invitations have you gotten this week to play Candy Crush? Remember the good ole’ days of Farmville? Yep. You and me both.

The best way to turn off these notifications is to wait to get invited, get the notification, and click the reliable “x” that keeps you from being invited again.

As for really annoying app invites, if you want to get rid of them entirely (and not just get rid of the notifications) you can block out entire apps.

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To do this, you’ll go to “blocking” under the settings page. You can scroll down to “block apps” and block whatever apps you never want to be invited to participate in again.

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Turning Off E-mail Notifications

Not only do we get hit constantly with unwanted Facebook notifications, we get hit with the unwanted notifications through our e-mail addresses, too.

To disable e-mail notifications, you’ll have to go to the drop down menu in the top right hand corner and go to your settings.

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Once you’re in your settings, go to the left side navigation bar and click on “notifications.”

You’ll see an option for e-mail notifications. Click on it.

You can then choose to disable or enable whatever e-mail notifications you’d like.

Unwanted Status Notifications on Specific Statuses

There are some really big events that we see happen on Facebook all the time—people graduate, get new jobs, get engaged and married, have a child (or adopt an insanely cute puppy), or even just post a really crazy picture. You comment on this picture, followed by all of that person’s two thousand friends. You get notifications each time someone comments, and you kind of regret commenting in the first place.

Sound familiar? Yep. We’ve all been there.

Fortunately, it’s really easy to turn off notifications for a status you commented on.

When you get a notification for the status, hover over that always-reliable “x” and choose the option to turn off notifications for that status.

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Disabling Unwanted Facebook Notifications For Mobile Devices

Now that Facebook and Facebook Messenger are two apps on most people’s phones, it’s important to know how to disable mobile notifications for each if you decide you don’t want your phone to light up every time someone sends you a message or likes your status.

While this partially depends on the type of phone and device you have, it’s easy to do no matter what.

For disabling notifications on Androids, apple devices, and windows devices, click here.


Easier than you thought, right? It sounds silly, but making sure you’re only getting the notifications you want can be important and time-saving, and it really matters when you’re doing business on Facebook, too.


Do you have any notifications disabled on Facebook? Do you get notifications on your mobile devices? Leave a comment and let us know!