How to Turn off Facebook Live Notifications

Watch friends and Pages later, when it's more convenient for you

Facebook Live is a feature on Facebook that allows users to broadcast themselves on video in real time. You might notice that whenever a friend or a Page you follow goes Live, you receive a notification encouraging you to tune in.

Unfortunately, it isn't always convenient to watch Live videos when they're broadcasting and notifications for them can be nothing but a distraction. If you're regularly bombarded by Live video notifications, you can turn them off right across your Facebook network — or alternatively, turn them off for individual friends and Pages.

An image of a video camera with Facebook stickers on it,
Photo from Unsplash

How to Turn Off All Facebook Live Notifications on Facebook.com and the Facebook App

Here's how to turn off notifications for Live video whether you're using the web version in a browser or the mobile app for iOS or Android.

  1. Go to Facebook.com in a web browser or open the mobile app on your device and sign in to your account.

  2. On Facebook.com select the down arrow in the top right corner followed by Settings in the dropdown list.

    Facebook Setting option selected in the down-arrow menu

    On the app, select the menu icon followed by Settings > Settings & Privacy.

  3. On Facebook.com, select Notifications in the vertical menu on the left.

    Facebook settings with Notifications highlighted

    On the app, scroll down to the Notifications section and tap Notification Settings.

  4. Scroll down and select Video from the list on both Facebook.com and the app.

    Video selected in the Facebook Notifications screen
  5. To turn off notifications for live video entirely across Facebook, tap the button next to Allow Notifications on Facebook so that it appears gray and says "Off."

    If you prefer, you can turn off notifications individually for:

    • Push notifications
    • Email notifications
    • SMS notifications
    Video notification settings for Facebook

How to Turn off Facebook Live Notifications for an Individual Friend or Page

You can only turn off Live notifications for individual friends or Pages from one of their Live video posts—either during the time that they're Live or from a recently ended Live video by locating a [Name] was Live post. Instructions and screenshots are provided for Facebook.com only, but you can follow the same steps if you're doing it from the app.

  1. Find the Live video post for the friend or Page. For example, you could spot in your News Feed or find it by going to their profile or Page.

    You can tell that a friend or a Page is currently Live by looking for the red LIVE label in the top left corner of the video.

  2. Select or tap the three horizontal dots in the top right corner of the Live video post.

  3. Select or tap Turn off Live notifications from the drop-down list.

    Turn off live notifications on individual feeds

    If you change your mind and decide you want to turn Live notifications back on for a friend or Page, you can go to their profile or Page, find their Live video post, select or tap the three horizontal dots in the top right of the Live video post and then select or tap Turn on Live notifications.