Hide Annoying Facebook Applications In Your News Feed

by John Lacey on January 31, 2010

I’ve often griped about Facebook. But the truth is once you deny access to 90% of the Facebook applications and hide anything ending with ‘Ville’ from your news feed, it gets back to being friends sharing thoughts and images with each other. And that is something I can appreciate.

Hide Annoying Facebook Applications In Your News Feed
You can’t control which applications your friends are using. But that doesn’t mean you should be notified every time they find a sad virtual animal walking across their virtual farm…

Simply move over the offending item in your news feed. You will see in the top right hand corner the word “Hide” will appear. Click on “Hide”. You will then be given the opportunity to either hide items from a particular person or those that relate to a particular application. Simply do this for each application you wish to remove from your news feed.

Check Your Application Settings
With a new year upon us it is worthwhile doing a quick spring clean of the Facebook applications that have access to your account.

Adjust Your Facebook Application Settings

Go to the “Settings” menu at the top of the screen and click on “Application Settings.” From here you are given the ability to sort the applications in different ways.

If there are any applications that you tried out for 30 seconds before deciding they weren’t for you, simply hit the little ‘x’ beside the application name. You will be prompted to confirm this action or cancel. (You are also given an opportunity to give the application a rating out of five stars to let other people know what you thought of it. This is optional.)

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Joshua Withers January 31, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Good advice mate

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Brad February 11, 2010 at 4:01 am

With the new FB news feed (Feb 2010) I’m seeing new crap in News Feed. Not apps/games but things like “Brenda ______ is now friends with Brian _______.” Or “Brenda commented on xxyy’s photo.” Or “Jim _______ commented on xxyy’s status.” I never saw those things before and don’t want them now. I have not found a way to remove those kinds of notifications other than removing Brenda and Jim (and any other friend) COMPLETELY from my news feed, which I don’t want to do. Mainly I just want to see what my friends post on their walls. Is it possible?

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John Lacey February 11, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Brad,

To the best of my knowledge those notifications were put into the news feed even before the new Facebook layout. As far as I know there is no way to currently hide those notifications… Sorry!

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Anya February 17, 2010 at 1:02 am

With the latest version of FB, I’m not getting the option to ‘hide’ applications anymore. All the farm, mafia, etc. apps that I had hidden are showing up again, and now when I click hide, I only have the option to hide the person completely. Am I missing something?

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John Lacey February 17, 2010 at 8:41 am

Hi Anya,

I just tried to hide application notifications with the new Facebook layout (specifically with an application called God Wants You To Know) with the method described above and it worked for me.

It might also be worthwhile when people invite you to add an application that you’re not interested in using to actually ‘block’ the application instead of just ignoring the invitation.

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Jodie May 23, 2010 at 12:45 pm

I deleted my old account to start a new one and i am also unable to Hide any of my friends apps in my newsfeed. When I first hit HIDE it disappears but as soon as i come back to the newsfeed again they are back. They do not appear in my edit options. I am going to try the advice you have given above but it does seem unfortunate to have to add the apps in order to hide them.
thanks for your advice tho as i have not been able to find anything else about it.

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Carmen November 17, 2010 at 1:53 am

I have the same problem. The ‘hide application’ (such as hide Farmville, et cetera) was removed. Anybody know how to hide entire applications now? I don’t want to hide the person, and I don’t want to hide the individual Farmville posts every single time.

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John Lacey August 17, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Hi Carmen,

If you go into the AppCenter you can use the ‘X’ that pops up next to any app (as far as I know) to hide applications. After you’ve clicked on that you should get the option to block the app.

Good luck.

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Becky August 14, 2012 at 12:25 pm

I am having the same problem. I am unable to hide notifications and unable to get rid of “likes” I was dumb enough to click on. Now all of my “likes” send notifications with photos, etc. and they are, literally, clogging up my news feed and notifications. When I try to hide them, I get a little blue box underneath with three bars that go from left to right like I am trying to “load” something. This also happens when I try to change my cover photos. I get that little blue bar that keeps going and going and going and going and going and doesn’t accomplish anything. One day, but just ever so briefly, it worked and now is back to the same darn thing. Any help out there? Comments?

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John Lacey August 17, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Hi Becky,

The way you describe the options popping up and taking forever to load makes me wonder if there’s a problem with your browser. You might like to make sure your browser is up-to-date or try using another browser. (I know my mother recently had a lot of trouble using Firefox with Facebook and then had no problems after she switched to using Opera.)

If it is possible you might consider being a bit more selective about what posts/images/pages you like so they don’t clog up your news feed so much. However it is worth keeping in mind too that if you comment on a post you now have the option to “Unfollow post” – which will stop you getting notifications from other people who comment on it after you have.

Hope this helps. Let me know how you go!

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