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Nobody Cares: Disabling ‘Facebook Live’ Video Notifications

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If you are lucky enough to haven’t experienced getting spammed with ‘Facebook Live’ posts, only to see your ‘friends’ filming a concert which you can’t even hear due to poor audio, I envy you. While Facebook’s live video upload is definitely an impressive display of their technological prowess, the method in which it is utilized is often disappointing. Unlike a typical photo or shared post (in which you would only be notified if you were tagged in some way) ‘Facebook Live’ posts will inform you of the content regardless of any further involvement; this can lead to a seemingly endless number of useless alerts and notifications.

So, how can one disable ‘Facebook Live’ notifications? Similar to most common Facebook annoyances, eliminating them is a painless process (as long as you know where the setting is located).

Desktop
  1. While logged into Facebook, navigate to the top right-hand corner of the navigation bar, and click on the Arrow.1.png
  2. From the drop-down menu, select Settings near the bottom of the list.2.png
  3. Next, locate the Notification button on the left-hand column (the icon has a little Earth next to it).3.png
  4. Scroll down until you see Video, and select it.4.png
  5. Finally, simply toggle the Allow Notifications on Facebook selection off.

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Mobile Device

Since the process for doing this on a mobile device is similar, I won’t bother you with pictures of each step.

  1. While logged into Facebook, tap on the Menu icon (three horizontal lines stacked together at the top right of your screen).
  2. Next, scroll down until you see Settings & Privacy, tap it, then select Settings.
  3. Scroll down until you see Notification Settings, and tap it.
  4. Scroll down until you see Video, and then select it.
  5. Finally, simply toggle the Allow Notifications on Facebook selection off.

In these five easy steps, you are now successfully blocked from receiving notifications from ‘Facebook Live’ posts of people singing in their car, spilling drinks at a bar, and the never-ending supply of cat videos. You can thank me later.

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