Some notifications are useful, but the overload of notifications is a real problem. Apps on your phone, tablet and computer all require your attention, but this constant buzz of alerts can be a waste of unnecessary time. Here’s how to tame them.
iPhone and iPad
Apple offers a variety of options to control notifications on an iPhone or iPad . You can disable notifications for any application or simply customize the notification settings of an application. For example, you can view the notifications of an application in your history so you can view them as you like, but turn off audible sounds, hide the notification banners that appear when you use your iPhone or iPad, and even delete them. of your locked screen. You can also hide the notification content for specific applications on your lock screen. So, anyone looking at the lock screen of your phone sees a message like “1 new message from [App Name]” rather than potentially sensitive text. message.
The iPhone also has useful options that allow you to block spam text messages and phone calls either by blocking individual numbers or by using a blocking application that provides a database of bad numbers. The Mail application allows you to control also the e-mail notifications of .
If you do not want to see notifications at specific times, you can program Do Not Disturb or manually activate it to avoid distractions.
Android has always had very powerful notification options . In addition to enabling or disabling notifications for individual applications, you can also adjust other options if you want the notifications of an application to display silently or as the content of your notification is hidden on your lock screen People will not be able to read hidden notifications without unlocking your phone, protecting your privacy. Notification Channels allow even more detailed customization of the different types of notifications that applications can display on phones running Android 8.x (Oreo) .
You can also manually block specific phone numbers by sending you SMS and phone calls. Your dialer notifies you when you receive a call that may be spam or uses an application that blocks a database of known-scammy numbers.
And, like most devices, Android offers a Do Not Disturb mode that you can activate manually or on a schedule if you do not want to be alerted at specific times. You can even adjust notification settings for specific apps if you want these apps to send you important notifications even if you have not turned on Do Not Disturb.
Windows 10 has many more notification options than Windows 7 did. Windows now allows you to disable all notifications with one option. You can also disable notifications for individual applications in a single standard location, even if it’s traditional desktop applications. However, this does not work for all applications because some desktop applications implement their own notification system. You will need to disable the notifications that these applications use in their individual parameter interfaces.
You can also change other settings to make Windows quieter, including disable pop-up ads disable active tiles in your Start menu hide icons notification area and delete the message information from the lock screen. You can make Windows a much quieter operating system that frees you when you use your PC.
The new “Focus Assist” or “Quiet Hours” feature essentially works like Do Not Disturb on mobile devices, allowing you to temporarily turn off notifications. You can also activate it on a schedule. When you exit Debug Helper or Silent Hours mode, Windows displays the notifications that you missed.
Apple also offers the usual notification checks on macOS . On a Mac, you can turn off notifications for individual apps or change their notification settings. For example, you can disable banner notifications, but leave messages in the notification center for future reference. You can also turn off the sounds while leaving the badge icons of an application enabled.
If you just want to disable notifications at specific times, you can also turn on Do Not Disturb or Time mode. The Apple Safari browser also has built-in settings that you can use to enable or disable notifications for specific websites.
If you have a Chromebook or other device running Google’s Chrome OS, you can turn on Do Not Disturb by clicking the notification icon on the right side of the taskbar and clicking on the icon “Do not disturb”. the popup.
You can also control which applications and websites can send you notifications by going to Settings> Content Settings> Notifications. All apps and websites that can send you notifications appear in the “Allow” list here.
If you have given websites the ability to send you notifications, you can revoke that access in your web browser. You can also completely disable website notifications so that websites stop requesting permission to send you notifications.
PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Even modern video game consoles have built-in notifications. These can be particularly unpleasant if you use your game console to watch videos on Netflix, YouTube or another video service and you do not want distractions.
Both Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One allow you to completely disable contextual notifications or hide them while playing videos.
Apple Watch and Android Wear
If you have another device with awkward notifications, search the web for its name and “disable notifications” and you should find the instructions that guide you through the process.
Some notifications are helpful, but notification overload is a real problem. Apps on your phone, tablet, and computer all want your attention, but that constant buzz of alerts can be a distracting waste of your time. Here’s how to tame them.
iPhone and iPad
Apple offers a variety of options for controlling notifications on an iPhone or iPad. You can disable notifications for any individual app, or just customize an app’s notification settings. For example, you could have an app’s notifications appear in your history so you can review them at your leisure, but turn off audible sounds, hide the notification banners that appear while you’re using your iPhone or iPad, and even remove them from your lock screen. You can also hide notification content for specific apps on your lock screen, so anyone looking at your phone’s lock screen just sees a message like “1 New Message from [App Name]” rather than the potentially sensitive text of the message.
The iPhone also has useful options that let you block spammy text messages and phone calls, either by blocking individual numbers or using a blocking app that provides a database of bad numbers. The Mail app lets you control who you see email notifications from, too.
If you just don’t want to see notifications at specific times, you can schedule Do Not Disturb mode—or enable it manually—to prevent distractions
Android has always had very powerful notification options. In addition to toggling notifications on or off for individual apps, you can also adjust other options if you want an app’s notifications to appear silently, or if you want the actual content of your notification to be hidden from your lock screen. People won’t be able to read hidden notifications without unlocking your phone, thus protecting your privacy. Notification channels allow even more detailed customization of the different types of notifications apps can show on phones running Android 8.x (Oreo).
You can also manually block specific phone numbers from sending you SMS messages and phone calls, have your dialer warn you when you’re receiving a call that is likely spammy, or use an app that blocks a database of known-scammy numbers.
And, like most devices, Android offers a Do Not Disturb mode that you can activate manually or on a schedule if you don’t want to be bugged at specific times. You can even adjust the notification settings for specific apps if you want those apps to send you important notifications even while you have Do Not Disturb enabled.
Windows 10 has a lot more notification options than Windows 7 did. Windows now allows you to disable all notifications with a single option. You can also disable notifications for individual apps in a single standard place, even if they’re traditional desktop apps. This doesn’t work for all apps, however, as some desktop apps implement their own notification system. You’ll have to disable the notifications those applications use in their individual settings interfaces.
You can also change various other settings to make Windows quieter, including disabling advertising pop-ups, deactivating live tiles on your Start menu, hiding notification area icons, and removing informational messages from the lock screen. You can make Windows a much quieter operating system that gets out of your way when you’re using your PC.
The new “Focus Assist” or “Quiet Hours” feature essentially works like Do Not Disturb does on mobile devices, letting you temporarily mute notifications. You also can enable it on a schedule. When you leave Focus Assist or Quiet Hours mode, Windows shows you the notifications you missed.
Apple offers the usual notification controls on macOS, too. On a Mac, you can disable notifications for individual apps or tweak their notification settings. For example, you could disable banner notifications, but leave messages in the notification center for later perusal. Or, you could disable sounds while leaving an app’s badge icons enabled.
If you just want to disable notifications at specific times, you can also enable Do Not Disturb mode temporarily or on a schedule. Apple’s Safari browser also has integrated settings you can use to toggle notifications on or off for specific websites.
If you have a Chromebook or another device running Google’s Chrome OS, you can enable Do Not Disturb mode by clicking the notification icon at the right side of the taskbar, and then clicking the “Do Not Disturb” icon in the middle of the popup.
You can also control which apps and websites can send you notifications by heading to Settings > Content Settings > Notifications. All the apps and websites that can send you notifications appear under the “Allow” list here.
If you’ve given any websites the ability to send you notifications, you can revoke that access in your web browser. You can also disable website notifications entirely so websites stop asking for permission to send you notifications.
PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Even modern video game consoles have built-in notifications. These can be particularly obnoxious if you’re using your game console to watch videos on Netflix, YouTube, or another video service and you don’t want the distractions.
Both Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One let you disable popup notifications entirely or just hide them while playing videos.
Apple Watch and Android Wear
If you have an Apple Watch or a smartwatch using Google’s Android Wear platform, both of these provide ways to control which app notifications appear on your watch. You also can temporarily mute notifications to stop them from bothering you.
If you have another device with bothersome notifications, perform a web search for its name and “disable notifications” and you should find instructions that guide you through the process.
Updated April 27, 2018, 12:41pm EDT
Notifications can be distracting, but Windows 10 has a one-click switch that disables all of them. You can also disable notifications for individual apps, or hide the many other notifications that appear throughout Windows.
How to Disable All Notifications
Windows 10’s Settings app allows you to control notifications. To launch it, open the Start menu, and then click the gear-shaped “Settings” icon—or press Windows+I.
Navigate to System > Notifications & Actions in the Settings window.
To disable notifications for every app on your system, turn the “Get notifications from apps and other senders” toggle off.
This option will disable the notifications for both Windows 10 Store apps and classic desktop apps.
How to Disable Individual App Notifications
To disable notifications for individual apps, head to System > Notifications & Actions, and then scroll down to the “Get notifications from these senders” list. This list shows Windows system features, Store apps, and traditional desktop apps that can send notifications.
Set an app to “Off” and Windows prevent that app from showing notifications.
The above options only work for apps that use the traditional Windows notification method. Apps with custom notification bubbles continue to show their own notifications unless you close them or disable the notifications within those specific apps. Most apps that show notifications offer an option to disable them. Just open that particular app and look in its settings window for an option that disables notifications.
How to Temporarily Mute Notifications
Windows 10 has a “Quiet Hours” feature in the Fall Creators Update, and this will be expanded upon and renamed to “Focus Assist” in the April 2018 Update. This is essentially a “Do Not Disturb” mode for Windows 10.
When Quiet Hours (or Focus Assist) is enabled, notifications are temporarily hidden. By default, when you turn Quiet Hours on, it’s enabled between midnight and 6 a.m. on the Fall Creators Update, but you’ll be able to easily customize these hours on the April 2018 Update. Head to Settings > System > Focus Assist to configure how it works if you’re running the new version of Windows 10.
To activate this feature, open the Action Center by clicking the Action Center icon near the bottom right corner of your taskbar or pressing Windows+A. Click the “Quiet hours” (or “Focus assist”) tile to toggle it on or off. Select the “Expand” link at the bottom of the Action Center if you don’t see this tile in the top row.
How to Disable Advertising Notifications
Windows 10 has a lot of built-in advertising, and many of these advertisements appear as notifications. For example, you’ll sometimes see pop-up notifications on the taskbar informing you about Microsoft Edge’s features and “suggestions” about features you should use. These suggestions are also notifications.
You can disable all these advertisements with options built into Windows 10 itself, but Microsoft has scattered the options you’ll need across the operating system. Follow our guide to disabling all the advertising in Windows 10 to stop Windows from pestering you with ads.
How to Disable Live Tiles in the Start Menu
While live tiles aren’t traditional pop ups that interrupt you, they can certainly distract. For example, the News, Mail, and Facebook apps have live tiles, so you’ll find yourself notified with new headlines, emails, and Facebook messages every time you open your Start menu.
If you don’t want to see live tile notifications, just right-click or long-press a tile in your Start menu, and then select More > Turn Live Tile Off. The tile remains pinned for easy access, but it just functions as a simple shortcut and isn’t constantly updated with new content.
How to Disable Lock Screen Notifications
Windows 10 also allows apps to display notifications as status messages on your lock screen. If you don’t want to see status messages on your lock screen, you can remove them.
To control what appears on your lock screen, head to Settings > Personalization > Lock screen. Apps displaying content on your lock screen appear under “Choose an app to show detailed status” and “Choose apps to show quick status.” To remove an app from your lock screen, click its icon here, and then select the “None” option. You can also select another app, if you’d rather see another app’s notifications on your lock screen.
Disable Notification Area Icons
Even after you disable notifications, many apps continue running in your “Notification Area” (also known as the System Tray). These apps often update icons here with badges and animations informing you about their status.
To hide icons from your notification area, just drag them onto the up arrow to the left of the icons, and then into the little panel that appears. That panel holds any Notification Area icons that you don’t want to see right on your Taskbar. (Fun fact: the official name of that panel is the Overflow Notification Pane.) The apps you drag there remain running in the background, but you won’t see their notifications on your taskbar unless you click the up arrow. You can also right-click many of these applications and close them if you don’t want them running in the background.
The Settings app also allows you to customize your notification area icons. Just head to Settings > Personalization > Taskbar. In the right pane, scroll down to the “Notification Area” section, and then click the “Select which icons appear on the taskbar” link. Set any icon to “Off” and it will be hidden in that overflow panel. This accomplishes the same thing as quickly dragging and dropping the icons from your taskbar.
Windows 10 provides many more options for dealing with notifications than Windows 7 does. For example, when using Windows 7, you have to disable notifications from within each individual app you use. Windows 7 provides no way of blocking an app’s notifications at the system level, as Windows 10 does via the Settings app, nor does it provide a Quiet Hours or Focus Assist-like mode that temporarily mutes notifications.
June 22, 2018, 10:24am EDT
Are you exhausted from all your notifications? You’re not alone: notifications aren’t what they used to be.
Once upon a time your phone would only chime when an actual human had something to say to you, but these days apps “notify” you of all kinds of irrelevant crap that you didn’t ask for. Call it notification inflation—Lyft informing you of a discount, Facebook pointing out potential friend recommendations, even news websites tricking you into allowing notifications you don’t actually care about.
You can, and should, reduce this. We’ve written about how to disable notifications everywhere, and you should take the time to turn off notifications from any and all apps you don’t care about. But why is this happening in the first place? To figure that out we should talk about sheep.
Notifications and the Tragedy of the Commons
Imagine a pasture, shared by an entire village. Everyone in the village can graze sheep there at no cost, but the pasture can only sustain so many animals.
You, as an individual, stand to gain with every sheep you add, because more mutton means more money. At the same time, however, every sheep added makes the pasture less sustainable for everyone—including yourself.
This is called the Tragedy of the Commons. It’s a term that describes a situation in sharing resources when individuals acting in their own self interest make things worse for everybody involved. And that’s more or less the situation happening in your notifications tray right now.
Your attention is a finite resource, because there are only so many hours in the day. Every app on your phone is fighting for as big a chunk of that finite resource as possible, because attention is what ad-supported companies need in order to make money. Notifications are an easy way to get you to open an app you haven’t looked at in a while, which is why apps push out so many more notifications than they used to.
But the more all these apps push out irrelevant notifications, the less likely you are to pay attention to any notifications. This is particularly true for the less tech savvy among us, who eventually give up on looking at their notifications entirely.
This doesn’t stop app developers from putting more proverbial sheep in the pasture. To quote Garrett Hardin, the American ecologist who coined the term The Tragedy of the Commons in the 1960s, this rarely ends well:
Therein is the tragedy. Each man is locked into a system that compels him to increase his herd without limit—in a world that is limited. Ruin is the destination toward which all men rush, each pursuing his own best interest in a society that believes in the freedom of the commons. Freedom in a commons brings ruin to all.
That might be a little over-dramatic for your notifications tray, but you get the idea of the economic forces at work here. It can get overwhelming
But you’re not powerless.
Take Control Yourself of Your Notifications
If you want your notifications to work like they used to, only showing you things you actually care about, you can get there. It just takes a little work.
We’ve written about how to turn off notifications everywhere, and you should absolutely learn about all the tools for your platform. Here are a few platform specific guides for stopping specific apps from showing you notifications:
Turn off all notifications for any apps you don’t want notifying you about stuff. Be ruthless about it, because every notification you don’t want might obscure one you actually do.
But what about those apps where you get a mix of useful and useless notifications? For those, you’ll need to find ways to cut back the crap inside the app itself.
Take Facebook, for example. By default, it likes to notify you about everything: when someone likes one of your posts, tags you, or leaves a comment; friend recommendations, nearby events, and so on. Some of these you might care about, some you might not.
Happily you can customize Facebook notifications and only see the things you care about. It just takes finding and tweaking a few settings. Facebook is far from the only culprit here, and most apps offer similar customizations. Use them: it’s a little bit of work, but the resulting peace is well worth it.
tutorial by Codrut Neagu published on 05/20/2019
Do you see ads on the Windows 10 Lock Screen, in the Start Menu, or even in File Explorer? Are you growing tired of ads on your Windows 10 PC, laptop or Surface Pro? Do you want to have an ad-free experience in Windows 10? If you do, you are in the right place. In this tutorial, we show you how to completely turn off all the ads that Microsoft bluntly sends our way in Windows 10. Read on to see how to make your Windows 10 PC or device, ad-free:
1. Disable the ads from the Windows 10 Start Menu
Unless you decide to do something about it, Microsoft has the annoying habit of showing so-called “promoted apps” on your Start Menu. You’ve probably already seen them – they look like in the picture below:
If you want to get rid of them, all you have to do is follow this guide: Stop Windows 10 from promoting apps on the Start Menu.
Once you do that, Windows 10 should stop displaying ads on your Start Menu.
2. Disable the ads from the Lock Screen
Another place that Microsoft thought would be an excellent billboard for its ads is the Lock Screen. You probably saw ads like these:
Although the ads on your Lock Screen are not as invasive or annoying as the ones displayed in the Start Menu or File Explorer, they can still bother you.
If you want to disable these advertisements, open the Settings app. Navigate to Personalization -> Lock screen. On the right side of the Settings window, scroll down until you find an option saying you can “Get fun facts, tips, and more from Windows and Cortana on your lock screen.” By default, it’s turned On. Set it to Off.
From now on, your Lock Screen should be free of ads.
Note: The “Get fun facts, tips, and more from Windows and Cortana on your lock screen” setting is available only if you chose to set a Picture or a Slideshow on your lock screen. If you chose Windows Spotlight, this setting isn’t available.
3. Disable the ads from File Explorer
In Windows 10 Creators Update and later (including in May 2019 Update), Microsoft also shows ads in File Explorer, which is something that we did not expect. Some people hate them, and for good reason. The most common ads share offers for cloud storage with OneDrive, or for Office 365 subscriptions.
Luckily, you can disable the ads from File Explorer. To do so, launch File Explorer, and open the View tab from its ribbon. Then, click or tap the Options button. It is the last one to the right.
Then, in the Folder Options window, click or tap the View tab and scroll down the “Advanced settings” list. When you find the setting called “Show sync provider notifications,” uncheck it. This setting controls whether File Explorer shows ads or not.
Click or tap Apply or OK to save the changes that you have made. From now on, there shouldn’t be any ads displayed in File Explorer.
4. Disable the ads that show up on the taskbar
You might have also seen ads and popups showing up from your taskbar. For example, from time to time, Windows 10 might send you “recommendations” for using Microsoft Edge because it is better than the competition. If you do not want to see these ads, open the Settings app, head to “System -> Notifications & actions,” and disable the “Get tips, tricks, and suggestions as you use Windows” setting.
5. Disable the ads notifications that show up in the Action Center
Windows 10 also has a habit of showing ads as notifications in the Action Center. For instance, it might show such “suggestions” if you just installed or upgraded the operating system, or if you did not finish configuring Cortana or Microsoft Edge.
To make sure that you do not get these types of advertising notifications, open the Settings app, navigate to “System -> Notifications & actions,” and disable “Show me the Windows welcome experience after updates and occasionally when I sign in to highlight what’s new and suggested.”
Did you see ads anywhere else in Windows 10?
Now you know how to get rid of all those annoying ads that Microsoft displays in unexpected places in Windows 10. Turning ads off can make Windows 10 a friendlier operating system Unfortunately, it looks like Microsoft won’t let go of advertisements, even if you have already paid for their operating system. What do you think about this tactic? How much time did it take you to disable all the ads? Did you wait for a while, or did you disable them as soon as you installed Windows 10? Comment below and let’s discuss.
- Facebook notifications can be informative, but they can also become overwhelming if you’re receiving them from multiple apps, groups, and friends.
- Customizing which notifications you receive and how often how often you receive them can be a lengthy process but is relatively straightforward.
- You can choose to turn off, limit, or enable Facebook notifications on desktop, mobile, via email, and via text with a few clicks or taps.
- Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.
Facebook makes it simple not only to keep up with friends and family members who may not live close by, but to stay up-to-date on the latest world news and goings-on of local businesses and companies.
Setting up notifications for new posts, games, and other updates on the site is easy, but sometimes those notifications can become overwhelming.
Luckily, disabling Facebook notifications — or customizing which notifications you receive and which you don’t — is quick and easy. Here’s what you need to know.
How to turn off Facebook notifications on your computer
1. In your internet browser of choice, navigate to Facebook.com and log into your account.
2. Once signed in, look for the downward facing arrow in the upper righthand corner of your screen. Click on this to open a dropdown menu of options.
3. Scroll to the bottom of the list and click on “Settings” to be taken to your account customization screen.
4. On the left-hand side of your Settings screen, you will see an option for “Notifications.” Click on this to reveal notification settings for mobile, email, text, and website notifications.
5. Clicking “Edit” next to any of the above options will allow you to turn notifications on or off for a particular element of the Facebook site or mobile app. In this way, Facebook allows you to enable or disable notifications for individual apps and plugins on its site so that you can still receive an alert for the updates you’re most interested in.
6. Note that Facebook’s notification controls are very specific and that going through every option may be somewhat time-consuming as you will be changing options for specific features individually rather than all games, apps, or tags as a group.
How to turn off Facebook notifications on the mobile app
1. Locate the Facebook app icon on your phone’s home screen and open it.
2. In the lower right-hand corner of your screen, click on the three stacked horizontal lines to open a menu of options and scroll down until you find “Settings & Privacy.”
3. Clicking on “Settings & Privacy” will open an additional sub-menu. Click the second “Settings” to go to your account settings page.
4. Scroll through the long menu of options nearly to the bottom, where you’ll find an option for “Notification settings” just below the “Notifications” header. Tap this button to see all notifications you are currently receiving from close friends, apps you use on the site, and even posts in groups you belong to.
5. To customize settings in each of these sections, tap on them individually to turn them on or off, depending on whether or not you would like to receive them.
6. Note that you can also select how you receive notifications — via email, on mobile, or via text message — through the relevant options listed at the bottom of your “Notification settings” screen. There is no need to save your changes, as this is done automatically via the mobile app.
December 16, 2015 By Admin
Microsoft’s new Windows 10 is a new and improved take on the long running operating system by its designers, which fits well as a whole package according to initial consumer reports.
Microsoft introduced small and subtle but numerous changes to the operating system with its Windows 10.
One of these new and subtle changes was the ability of applications to send users notifications which could be visible in the start menu, the Action center or even with a banner just above the task bar in the lower right corner.
Why would i need notifications on Windows?
With previous versions of windows many users are used to keeping a clean and intrusion free look of their windows , so the notifications are sure to meet with some criticism, but they sometimes are too useful to be ignored. For example if you are tracking a certain activity via an application on your Windows 10, if the Application has the ability to send notifications, you will keep getting regular notifications with regular updates of the activity while you carry on with your work normally.
You won’t have to open the browser again and again to check your email. If you have your email configured, you will get a notification as soon as you get a new email, provided you are connected to a network.
Thus having Notifications with your new Windows 10 can be useful and very handy.
On the other hand, as the reputation of notifications go, you are likely to be disturbed and find one or two application intrusive with the notifications, or you might just want to turn notifications of all together, Windows 10 allows you to do so.
This is how you do so-
How do you disable/hide notifications in Windows 10?
1- Click on the start menu.
2- Select settings and open the settings window.
3- Once the window opens, select System.
4- Once you select System, in the left pane, find Notifications and Actions.
5- Under the Notifications heading, toggle the option that says -App Notifications.
This will disable all Application Notifications for Windows.
Note that, this is applicable if show app notifications is enabled, then you can choose to individually disable apps based on your need. But if show app notifications is turned off, it does not matter whether you turn these settings off or on.
To disable Notifications for individual Applications, you will have to individually disable them.
To explain the procedure more simply and to make it more easy lets take the example of the Mail application.
Option is given in each app also to mute notifications and you can turn them off from opening the app also.
For example -Mail app.
1- Open the mail app.
2- In the bottom left corner, Select settings.
3- In the now visible settings menu, select Options.
4- Start scrolling down until you see the Notifications header.
5- Toggle the option that says -show in Action Center to turn off notifications for that particular app.
You have now disabled Notifications for the Mail application.
Note: Below the -Show in Action Center toggle, are options to disable sound and notification banners. If you are annoyed by any particular aspect of the notification, you can try and disable that too.
Saurav is associated with IT industry and computers for more than a decade and is writing on The Geek Page on topics revolving on windows 10 and softwares.
Facebook might not enjoy the same level of popularity now that it did a few years ago when it comes to your choice of a social media platform. Still, most users access the social network regularly. One annoying feature most users will agree on is the red notification dots that seem to be present everywhere, irrespective of whether you are accessing it on web, Android or iOS. It seems the social networking giant has realized how users hate these notifications. Thus, users can now disable the notification dots on Facebook.
What are the red notification dots?
If you use Facebook, you will know how frustrating these red notifications dots can be. These dots could appear on several parts of the app, depending on any new activities, such as a new post, comment to a post, like to a post, and notifications for Groups, Pages, Events, and more. Most users have little interest in these notifications, resulting in either a pile-up of notifications or more frustration in having to tap each notification to make them go away.
However, for Facebook, these notifications are a way to encourage users to spend more time on the platform or to bring users back to the platform. Since it has become harder for the company to increase the size of its user base, the company has had to depend on existing users and convincing them to spend more time on the platform. Because of this, it has launched several new features over the past couple of years, and notifications play an important role in all those features.
Users now are getting more control over these notifications. They will get to decide the features that remain in the Shortcut Bar, the place that houses features such as new friend requests, notifications, Events, Marketplace and more.
To put it simply, you will be able to turn off the notification dots for some icons. You can even remove some of those shortcuts completely. For instance, if you don’t want notifications from the new Marketplace, you can easily disable them or even remove Marketplace from the shortcuts bar.
How to disable notification dots on Facebook
TechCrunch first reported about the change, and Facebook confirmed it later. The company has reportedly been testing the feature since June.
“We are rolling out navigation bar controls to make it easier for people to connect with the things they like and control the notifications they get within the Facebook app,” a Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch.
Facebook’s new navigation bar controls are gradually rolling out to users. They are rolling out to iOS users first and will be made available to the Android users in the coming weeks. Those who already used the controls say they are very easy to use.
To disable notifications on Facebook, all you have to do is tap and hold an icon on the shortcuts bar. For iOS users, the shortcuts bar is at the bottom of the Facebook homescreen, while for Android users, it is at the top. A menu will pop up with two options: “Remove from shortcut bar” and “Turn off notification dots.” Selecting the first option will remove that icon from the shortcuts bar, while the second option will disable the notifications for that icon. With the second option, you will still be able to open the app, but you will no longer get the red dots.
Alternatively, you can manage the shortcut bar in one other way. To do this, first tap the hamburger menu icon, and then go to Settings & Privacy > Settings > Shortcuts. According to users, Facebook allows you to disable icons and notification dots for Groups, Watch and Profile. According to TechCrunch, you can do the same for Events, Marketplace and Dating.
Android users meanwhile can refer to this video to disable notifications:
Ensuring well-being of users
This is not the first time Facebook has made an effort to customize the navigation bar for users. However, this time, it seems like an honest attempt aimed at ensuring the well-being of users.
In July 2018, Facebook promised to personalize the navigation bar with features that users use often. The social networking giant did make changes, but it focused on adding features it wanted users to use, such as Marketplace, Events and more.
The ability to disable the notification dots on Facebook is not the only well-being feature the social networking giant is currently working on. A couple of months ago, TechCrunch reported that Facebook would test hiding “like” counts in Australia. In the test, Facebook will only show that a post was liked and not the actual number of likes to the public.
Facebook wants to see if hiding “like” counts improves users’ sense of well-being. Facebook’s Instagram has been testing the same feature since earlier this year and has expanded the test region to cover more countries after receiving positive feedback from users.
We’ve heard it all before, from “it’s not you, it’s me,” to “it’s just over.” We get it, sometimes it’s annoying to see our notifications pop up in your browser, even if we are trying to keep you informed. Although we hate to see you go, we thought it would be better if we were the ones to show you how to disable push notifications in your browser. To opt out of our notifications, simply follow the instructions below.
Hit the menu button — aka, the three vertical dots in upper-right corner — and select Settings. Then, scroll to the bottom of the page and click Advanced. Next, click Content settings within Privacy and Security and select Notifications.
If you want to disable all notifications, toggle the slider beside, “Ask before sending.” If you are looking to disable notifications from Digital Trends specifically, scroll down until you locate our publication in the Allow column.
Once found, click the three horizontal dots beside Digital Trends and select Block or Remove from the resulting list of options.
Click the Menu button — aka, the three vertical lines — and select Options. Next, go to Privacy and Security, scroll to Permissions, and click the Settings button to the right of “Notifications.”
Here, you can choose which websites can and cannot send you notifications. If you’re looking to remove Digital Trends, select our publication and click Remove Website.
First, launch Microsoft Edge and click the Menu button represented by the three horizontal dots in the upper-right corner. Then, follow your mouse to the bottom of the list and click Settings. Scroll to the bottom and hit View Advanced Settings. Once there, click Manage, which is located within Website Permissions.
On the resulting page, you can toggle which websites you want to receive notifications from, including Digital Trends. Keep in mind that if you feel like disabling all notifications in Windows 10, we’ve also created an in-depth guide for doing so.
First, launch Safari and click Safari from within the application menu bar. Next, click Preferences and select the Notifications pane, which will bring up a list of websites you currently receive notifications from.
If you want to disable push notifications across the board, highlight your selection and click Remove All in the bottom-left corner. Otherwise, select Digital Trends from the list and click Remove.