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How to Stop Notifications for Games on Facebook

Updated on November 10, 2014
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Susan believes there is nothing more irritating than "interruptions" in sweet life. Using fact and humor, she loves sharing advice.

How many times a week, a day, an hour do we receive notifications inviting us to play games like Candy Crush, Bejeweled, and Farmville on Facebook? If you are thinking too stinking many times, period, then you are in the right spot.

People we love and “friend” on Facebook play these games and invite you to play with them. Either they don’t know how to click the “x” to close out when the “share” option pops up, or they want to earn “coins” or “points” by getting people to join their favorite game.

Give it up! Stop hitting the “share” button! When you see messages in your newsfeed stating in complete frustration and anger, “Stop sending me notifications to play games,” take heed!

Okay, so many people are not getting the message when we post vivid instructions to stop. There are steps we can take that will stop these pesky notifications from popping up while we are on Facebook.

Below are steps to take to quietly stop game notifications.

Step 1

Look in the upper right hand corner of your Facebook screen. Click on the small, blue down arrow.

Step 2

Once the pull down screen appears, click "Settings."

Step 3

You will then be taken to your "General Account Settings." On the left you will see a list. Click on "Notifications."

Step 4

Now in your "Notifications Settings," you need to scroll down and click on "Apps and requests activity."

Step 5

On the "Apps requests and activity" drop down menu, you will see some of the apps that can send you notifications. It will probably be a shortened list, so on the bottom of the list, click "See More." Every App that can send you a notification is in the list with a check mark in the box. Click the box so the check mark is not showing.

Did you find these steps to getting rid of FB notifications helpful?

5 out of 5 stars from 5 ratings of Ridding your FB newsfeed of game notifications

TA DA!! The Requests Will Stop

Now you can go back to your Wall or your Home page and enjoy seeing what all your friends are doing.

Fun Posts, But Please Don't Take Over My Newsfeed

Other Pesky Notifications and Posts

Sometimes you will have a friend or family member who only posts silly pictures or inspirational sayings with things you don't want to see ALL the time or that take up your entire Newsfeed.

These posts in themselves are not a problem when there are only one or two and we even enjoy them because they make us laugh or think. It is when your friend likes/shares these types of posts several times within an hour knocking all your other friend's personal posts out of the feed, it might be a bit irritating - no matter how well-intentioned. Many want to send a message and go overboard driving it home with post after post after post... You just want it to stop without losing your FB friend.

You can go to your friend's wall and click on the "Follow" tab so there is no longer a check mark next to it. You ARE NOT "unfriending" your friend, you are simply removing their posts from your newsfeed. You can go to their wall or message them any time, and they will not know you have chosen not to follow them any longer because of their posts.

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Another Easy Way to Get Rid of Unwanted Notifications

Another way...

I found this video on "Blocking" apps, requests, events, etc., and it is simple to follow.

It produces the same effects as the steps above.

Choose whichever way is easiest for you.


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      Susan Holland 2 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Martie, so sorry it took me so long to get back to you - probably my fault you didn't see your comment. I am happy to see that the hub helped you get rid of Facebook game notifications! I know how irritating they can be.

      Thanks so much for dropping by!! :-)

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Hi sholland, thanks a lot for all these tips. I have applied them all and hope to never receive an unwanted notification again :)

      (Sorry if this is a duplicate comment. I don't see the one I have left yesterday. I have some problems with my computer and believe it was not successfully published.)

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Oh, I wish I have read this hub a long time ago. Thanks to you, sholland, I've just ended all notifications about games. I even unfollowed a few of my friends. Sorry, although I love them, I can't bear their upsetting, negative posts.

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      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Thanks, Audrey! Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. I miss HubPages mobile alerts for comments.

      Thanks for dropping by! I hope it is helpful! :-)

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      So good to know! Sending this around for you!

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      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Nikashi, I am so glad it was helpful for you. Sorry I am so late getting back to you. Hope you had a wonderful Halloween.

      Thanks so much for dropping by! :-)

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      nikashi_designs 3 years ago

      Thank You for was driving me nuts. Actually found some other sections in the settings that I didn't know about. Great simple article which I found on Google Plus. Take care and Happy Halloween.

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      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Thank you, Dianna and Vicki!! I appreciate you dropping by and sharing!


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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      This is super useful! I'm doing it right now!!!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I saw your post earlier and shared it with others but wanted to write a comment on how useful this is to users. Thank you!

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      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Thanks, Richard! I hope it helps! :-)

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      Richard Bivins 3 years ago from Charleston, SC

      I learned something new today so I thank you. I found this hub linked in my Google+ feed and now I'm sharing it there and also in my personal Facebook account.

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      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Thanks so much for all your comments! Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. I hope you find it helpful.

      Cardisa, I did wonder if some games were set up to send out automatic requests. I think if the receiver takes the steps to stop them, they will not get them anymore -- or that is what I hope. I play Bejeweled and always close the pop-up that would send requests, but I do not have much experience with other games. These are the steps I took to stop the requests on my end, and it works for me. :-)

      Thanks for commenting and dropping by, Everyone!! :-)

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      Kevin W 3 years ago from Texas

      Nice Sholland10, I see many of my friends asking for the friends requests to stop as well. Voted up.

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      Carolee Samuda 3 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Sholland. Great post. I have received very strong messages about game requests before. Did you also know that some games send requests automatically once you are signed in to the game? This happens because, when we sign in to the app for the first time, it requires us to give permission to access our friends. I have seen where people get notifications even though I did not share. I have also gotten notices from people who do not play games...well we all know how Facebook works underhanded.

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      twoseven 3 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      This is great! Thank you so much. Very easy to understand and I really appreciate the screen shots.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Thank you for this! It worked like a charm.

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      sujaya venkatesh 3 years ago

      quite simple

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I plan on sending this to many of my friends on FB because I always see them asking for people to stop sending game requests. What an easy to follow instruction guide you've provided us with. Thanks so much. Up +++ and especially useful!

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      Natasha 3 years ago from Hawaii

      I've got to do this! Most people realize I don't play FB games, but a couple 'friends' and my mother in law just keep sending invites my way.

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      Sharon Smith 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Wow, wish I would have realized a long time ago how simple this was to change on Facebook. I get so aggravated with all the game requests. Thanks for the info. I changed all my settings!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks for sharing this straightforward helpful tip!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good to see you writing again, Susan, and what a very handy piece of information this is. I'll be using this in about five minutes, thank you very much. :)