How to Delete Notifications on Facebook

Stop being notified from your computer, tablet, or phone

What to Know

  • Facebook.com: Select the bell. Hover over a notification, select the three-dot icon and choose Remove this notification.
  • Facebook mobile app: Select the bell icon. Tap the three-dot icon and then tap Remove this notification.
  • From Messenger: Click See All in Messenger > select friend > Privacy & Support > Mute Conversation > select duration > Mute.

This article explains how to delete notifications on Facebook on a desktop browser or the Facebook mobile app. It includes information on limiting notifications in general. Also included is information on stopping notifications from specific individuals when using the Messenger app.

Delete Facebook Notifications in a Browser

If you have many Facebook friends or follow several Facebook Pages, the notifications you receive can be overwhelming. You can delete Facebook notifications from a web browser or the mobile app.

To delete Facebook notification in a computer browser:

  1. Sign into Facebook.com in a web browser.

  2. Select the bell icon in the upper-right corner on Facebook.com.

    Desktop Facebook with the Notifications bell icon highlighted
  3. Hover the cursor over the notification you want to delete and select the three dots that appear to the right of it.

    Desktop Facebook with the Notification list displayed
  4. In the menu that appears, select Remove this notification to clear it from your notifications. You have a few seconds to select Undo if you change your mind.

    Remove this notification selection in Facebook Notifications

    If you'd rather keep the notification but label it to help separate it from your newest ones, mark it as read. All this does is change the background color of the notification to white. You can only do this on Facebook.com and not on the app.

  5. Depending on the type of notification, you have additional menu options that help reduce 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 notifications about [name's] updates: Reduces the number of alerts you receive from a specific person's updates to a post.
    • Turn off these notifications: You'll no longer see a particular kind of notification, such as less important ones from Pages rather than direct interactions from friends.
    • Turn off all notifications from this Page: You'll no longer receive any alerts 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 could still select Hide this notification afterward to clear it from your alerts.

Delete Facebook Notifications in the App

You can also delete Facebook notifications in the mobile Facebook app.

  1. Sign in to your Facebook account on the official Facebook mobile app.

  2. Select the bell icon in the bottom menu to display the notifications and the three dots next to each one.

  3. Tap the three dots next to a notification you want to delete.

  4. In the menu that appears, select Remove this notification to clear it from your notifications.

    Facebook mobile app showing notifications menu
  5. Optionally, select from any of the additional options to limit your notifications.

Facebook doesn't have a feature that allows you to delete your account notifications in bulk. Follow the steps above for each one to delete it. Facebook only maintains a certain number of your recent notifications and automatically deletes the older ones.

Stop Unnecessary Notifications in a Browser

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

Here's how to cut back on notifications at Facebook.com in a browser.

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

    Down arrow at the top right of Facebook .com
  2. Select Settings & Privacy in the drop-down menu.

    Settings & Privacy highlighted in Facebook menu
  3. Select Settings.

    Facebook Settings & Privacy menu with Setting highlighted
  4. Select Notifications in the vertical menu on the left to open the Notifications Settings screen.

    Facebook Settings with Notifications selected in the sidebar
  5. Select the arrow beside any of the notification types to display the options.

    Notifications Settings in Facebook
  6. Turn off the toggle next to Allow Notifications on Facebook to stop notifications from the category. Repeat with other categories as needed.

    Facebook Notifications settings

Stop Unnecessary Notifications in the App

To cut back on notifications in the mobile app:

  1. On the Facebook app, select the menu icon in the bottom menu.

  2. Scroll down and select Your Time on Facebook.

  3. Scroll down to the Control Your Notifications section and tap See Settings.

    Facebook app path to Notifications settings
  4. Tap Notification Settings.

  5. Select any of the current notification categories in the Notifications Settings screen.

  6. Turn off the toggle next to Allow Notifications on Facebook. Repeat with additional categories.

    Facebook app notifications settings

    If you want to turn off all notifications of all kinds, turn on the toggle next to Mute Push Notifications on the Notifications Settings screen to stop them all.

Stop Notifications From Messenger in a Browser

Facebook Messenger notifications are separate from other alerts you receive on Facebook. Whether you use Messenger on Facebook.com or via the Messenger mobile app, you can configure your notification settings not to get as many.

If you're on Facebook.com, you can stop notifications from specified individuals. Just follow these steps.

  1. On Facebook.com, select the Messenger icon in the upper-right corner.

    The Messenger icon at Facebook.com
  2. Select See All in Messenger at the bottom of the drop-down menu.

    The Messenger drop-down menu
  3. Select a friend in the left column or search for a friend's name and select it from the automatic suggestions.

  4. Under the friend's picture in the column at the right side of the screen, select Privacy & Support.

    Messenger menu with Privacy & Support selected
  5. Select Mute Conversation from the menu.

    Messenger menu with Mute Conversation
  6. Choose Until I turn it back on to stop the notifications from that friend in Messenger and select the Mute button.

    Messenger Mute conversion option

    Choose one of the other options to pause messages temporarily.

Pause Notifications From Messenger in the App

You can pause notifications from the Messenger app on your mobile device temporarily. Here's how:

  1. In the Messenger app, tap your profile picture at the top of the screen.

  2. Tap Notifications & Sounds.

    Messenger mobile app showing Settings
  3. Tap Do Not Disturb so that you no longer receive Messenger notifications on your mobile device for a specified time.

  4. Select the length of time to pause your notifications.

    Messenger app Notifications & Sounds Settings
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