How to Delete Notifications on Facebook

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This article explains how to remove Facebook notifications from a desktop browser or a mobile Facebook application. It contains details on generally limiting notifications. Information on disabling notifications from particular users when using the Messenger app is also provided.

Delete Facebook Notifications in a Browser

The amount of notifications you receive depends on how many Facebook friends you have and how many Facebook Pages you follow. Both the mobile app and the web browser have a delete button for Facebook notifications.

In a web browser, delete Facebook notifications as follows:

  1. Sign in to in a web browser.

  2. Select Notifications (bell icon) in the upper-right corner of

  3. Hover the cursor over the notification you want to delete and select More (three dots).

  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. If you’d rather keep the notification but label it to separate it from your newest ones, select Mark as Read. This changes the background color of the notification to white. You can only do this on, not on the app.

  5. Depending on the type of notification, you have additional menu options that 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 can still select Remove 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. Select Notifications (bell icon) in the bottom menu to display your notifications.

  2. Tap More (three dots) next to a notification you want to delete.

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

  4. Select from any of the additional options to limit your notifications.

    There isn’t a function on Facebook that lets you erase all of your account alerts at once. To delete it, follow the directions above for each one. Facebook only keeps a select number of your most recent notifications and deletes the older ones.

    Stop Unnecessary Notifications in a Browser

    You can make things easy on yourself by disabling or limiting some notifications you know you’ll eventually delete. You can reduce them even though you can’t completely turn them off.

    Here’s how to decrease browser notifications.

    1. On, select Account (down arrow) in the upper-right corner.
    2. Select Settings & Privacy.

    3. Select Settings.

    4. Select Notifications from the menu on the left to open the Notifications Settings screen.

    5. Select the arrow beside any of the notification types to display the options.

    6. Next to Allow Notifications on Facebook in any notification category, toggle off the switch to stop receiving these notifications.

    Stop Unnecessary Notifications in the App

    To cut back on notifications in the mobile app:

    1. On the Facebook app, tap Menu (three lines) from the bottom menu.

    2. Scroll down and select Settings & Privacy.

    3. Tap Settings.

    4. Under Preferences, tap Notifications.

    5. Under What Notifications You Receive, tap any category to change your preferences. Or, toggle on Mute Push Notifications to stop receiving many notifications.

    6. Next to Allow Notifications on Facebook, set the toggle off to stop receiving notifications in that category. Optionally, adjust permissions on where you receive notifications, such as via Push, email, or SMS.

    Stop Notifications From Messenger in a Browser

    Notifications from Facebook Messenger are distinct from other alerts you get from Facebook. You can adjust your notification settings to receive fewer whether you use Messenger through the Messenger mobile app or on

    You can stop receiving notifications from particular people if you are logged into Take these actions.

    1. On, select the Messenger icon in the upper-right corner.
    2. Select See All in Messenger at the bottom of the 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 on the right side of the screen, select Privacy & Support.

    5. Select Mute Conversation from the menu.

    6. Choose Until I turn it back on to stop the notifications from that friend in Messenger and select Mute. Choose one of the other options to pause messages temporarily.

    Pause Notifications From Messenger in the App

    On your mobile device, you can momentarily pause Messenger app notifications. This is how:

    1. In the Messenger app, tap your profile picture at the top of the screen, and then tap Notifications & Sounds.

    2. Tap Do Not Disturb.

    3. Select the length of time to pause your notifications. You won’t receive Messenger notifications on your mobile device for the time you specify.


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