How to Fix: Disable Facebook Notifications in Windows 7, 8, and 10

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Infopackets Reader Steve C. writes:

" Dear Dennis,

I am running a Windows 10 PC, which I share with my daughter. Lately I have begun receiving Facebook notifications / popups on the lower right corner of my desktop. These notifications appear every few minutes and it is literally driving me insane. I cannot figure out how to shut this setting off. Searching Google for 'windows disable facebook popups' isn't of any help because I am getting different answers. One says to disable the Facebook app, another says it's a Facebook setting. I have no idea how to do either because I don't even use Facebook. Can you please help!? "

My response:

I asked Steve if he would like me to connect to his system using my remote desktop support service to have a closer look, and he agreed.

Upon connecting, I saw a barrage of Facebook notifications every few minutes from what appeared to be from his daughter's Facebook 'news feed'. This would certainly be distracting if you owned a PC and needed it for productivity.

I did a bit of digging on how to disable Facebook popups and, as Steve suggested, there were many answers to the question. In Steve's case, it was a browser setting in Chrome that fixed the issue. I will describe a few methods for disabling Facebook popups / notifications below in case anyone else is having the same problem.

How to Fix: Disable Facebook Notifications in Windows 7, 8, and 10

  1. In Steve's case, the Facebook popups were coming through his web browser. These are called "web push notifications," which is a relatively new browser technology. That said, MANY users find it incredibly annoying when they cannot figure out how to shut off these notifications.

    To disable Facebook notifications in Chrome

    Open a new tab in Chrome, then enter the following URL and press Enter on the keyboard:

    chrome://settings/content/notifications

    A new window will appear; look for the Facebook website entry, then click the three dots on the right and select "Block".

    To disable Facebook notifications in Firefox

    Click the "hamburger menu" (the 3 horizontal lines near the top right of the screen), then click "Options". A new window will appear. On the left side, click "Content"; under the heading "Notifications", click the "Choose" button. Locate the Facebook website and click "Remove". There does not appear to be an option to change the "Block" or "Allow" setting (I have no idea why!), so clicking "Remove" to remove the site will also remove the "Allow" notifications. You can also permanently disable ALL web push notifications on the previous screen if you place a check mark beside "Do not disturb me". You will need to restart Firefox.

    To disable Facebook notifications in Edge

    Edge will show web push notifications if you have Windows 10 Anniversary Edition or later installed. You can figure out which version you have installed by clicking Start, then type in "winver" and press Enter. If it says "OS Build 14393.xxx" or later, Edge will have web push notification capability.

    Assuming that is the case, you can disable notifications by clicking the menu option (the three dots near the top right of the screen), then click Settings -> View Advanced Settings. Scroll down until you see the "Notifications" heading, then click the "Manage" button. A new page will appear, where you can block or allow notifications from sites you've agreed to receive notifications from.
     
  2. If you shut off notifications in your web browser but you're still receiving Facebook notifications in Windows 10, it is possible that you have the Facebook App installed. In that case you can disable Facebook notifications (or other notifications from other apps) through the Windows 10 Settings.

    To do so, click Start, then click the Settings (cogwheel). The "Settings" window will appear; on the left side, click the "Notifications & Actions" heading. The "Notifications & Actions" window will be displayed; on the right of the screen, select "Get notifications from apps and other senders" to "Off" if you want to disable ALL notifications from ALL apps. If you want to only disable Facebook notifications, scroll down a bit further where it says "Get notifications from these senders" and set Facebook to "Off".

I hope that helps!

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Comments

Focused100's picture

Hi Dennis,
I signed into chrome (even tho I was already signed in) but the behaviour tab isn't there.
I'm trying to stop other notifications that appear in the lower right.
I can find them in firefox but not in chrome.

Dennis Faas's picture

Thanks for letting me know - I've fixed the URL in the article. The Chrome URL should be:

chrome://settings/content/notifications

SteveMann's picture

It's in Content Settings/Notification.

Or just wait for the next time it pops up and click on the gear icon in the Facebook pop-up. That takes you straight to the Notifications page.

buzzallnight's picture

Wat about IE?

Dennis Faas's picture

Internet Explorer does not have push notifications.