How to Delete Notifications on Facebook

Stop being notified from your computer, tablet or phone

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If you have a lot of Facebook friends or follow a lot of Facebook Pages, the notifications you receive can really add up and become a serious distraction. Knowing how to delete notifications on Facebook can help keep your account clean and free of unnecessary clutter.

How to Delete Notifications on Facebook

  1. Sign into Facebook.com in a web browser or your Facebook account on the official Facebook mobile app.

  2. Select the bell icon in the top right on Facebook.com or in the bottom menu on the app.

  3. If you're on Facebook.com, hover your cursor over the notification you want to delete and select the three dots that appear to the right of it.

    If you're on the app, the three dots will already be visible to the right of each notification, which you can tap to select.

  4. In the menu that appears, select Hide this notification to clear it from your notifications, which basically deletes it. You can always select Undo if you change your mind.

    A screenshot of Facebook.com.

    If you'd rather keep the notification but label it to help separate it from your newest ones, you can mark it as read. All this does is change the background color of the notification to white. On Facebook.com, hover your cursor over the notification and select the grey dot that appears to the right of it to mark it as read. You can only mark notifications as read on Facebook.com and not on the app.

  5. Depending on the type of notification, you might be able to select additional options in the menu to help cut down on unnecessary notifications. These include:

    • Get fewer notifications like this: These notifications won't stop completely, but you won't see as many of them.
    • Turn off all notifications of this type: You'll no longer see this specific type of notification, which are typically less important notifications from Pages rather than direct interactions from friends.
    • Turn off all notifications from this Page: You'll no longer receive any notifications from this specific Page, whether it's a Page you've liked or it's a Page you manage from your account.
  6. If you selected any of the options listed in the previous step, you'll still be able to select Hide this notification afterward to clear it from your notifications.

Unfortunately, Facebook doesn't have a feature that allows you to delete your personal account's notifications in bulk. You'll have to follow the steps above for each individual notification to delete it. The good news is that Facebook only maintains a certain number of your most recent notifications, meaning that older ones are eventually deleted automatically.

How to Stop Unnecessary Notifications So You Don't Have to Keep Deleting Them

You can make it easier on yourself by turning off or limiting certain notifications that you know you're just going to end up deleting. Although you can't turn them all off, you can certainly cut them down.

Follow steps 1 through 4 if you're on Facebook.com or steps 5 through 7 if you're using the Facebook app.

  1. On Facebook.com, select the down arrow in the top right corner.

  2. Select Settings from the dropdown menu.

  3. Select Notifications in the vertical menu on the left.

  4. Select Edit beside any the following sections:

    • On Facebook: This includes all notifications you receive via the bell icon on Facebook.com or within the app—including notifications for Groups, Pages you manage and more.
    • Email: This includes email messages you receive for account related notifications.
    • Desktop and Mobile: This includes computer and device screen notifications you receive even when you're not on Facebook.com or using the app.
    • Text message: This includes SMS text messages you receive for specific notifications.

    Use the dropdown menus to the right of each notification setting to turn it off or limit it.

    A screenshot of Facebook.com.
  5. On the Facebook app, select the menu icon in the bottom menu.

  6. Scroll down and select Notification Settings.

  7. Select any of the current notifications you receive to turn off notifications for Push, Email or SMS.

On the app, you can turn off all mobile Push notifications from your Notification Settings by scrolling down to WHERE YOU RECEIVE NOTIFICATIONS, selecting Push and tapping Turn Off Push Notifications.

How to Stop Notifications from Messenger

Messenger notifications are separate from all other notifications you receive on Facebook. Whether you use Messenger on Facebook.com or via the Messenger mobile app, you can configure your notification settings so you don't receive as many.

Follow steps 1 through 5 if you're on Facebook.com or steps 6 through 9 if you're using the Messenger app.

  1. On Facebook.com, you can stop notifications for new messages from specific friends. Select the message bubble icon in the top right.

  2. Select See All Messages at the bottom of the dropdown menu.

  3. On the following page, you'll be able to see your message inbox in full screen. Select any existing message from a friend in the left column or alternatively search for a friend's name and select it from the automatic suggestions.

  4. For the friend who was selected, you'll see a list of options appear on the right. Select Notifications.

  5. In the popup box that appears, uncheck the box for Receive notifications for new messages and/or Receive notifications for reactions.

    A screenshot of Facebook.com.
  6. On the Messenger app, tap your profile picture in the top right corner.

  7. Tap Notifications.

  8. Tap Turn Off Notifications so that you no longer receive Messenger notifications on your mobile device.

  9. You also have the option to select Notifications in Messenger to turn off Sound or Vibrate if you simply want to limit how you're notified.