One of the things that I hate the most about Facebook (aside from the unnecessary drama of having so many contacts, the ridiculous chain letters that people think really work and the “personalized” ads) are the game notifications. Though I am a person who tries out and enjoys games for every platform, the truth is that I don’t appreciate that every minute a new notification appears telling me “John Smith has given you some stupid thing in some popular game”.
While the most popular games are interesting and have their own thing going on (Candy Crush Saga, Criminal Case, Angry Birds Friends, etc.), their desire to expand through notifications is really abusive and tiring. Fortunately, there are ways to block them. Unfortunately, the process is not very fast and can’t even be completed within a few clicks. That is to say, the procedure is very much in the style of Facebook. However, I strongly recommend that you follow these steps if you don’t want to lose your temper at this invasion of notifications.
The first thing you need to do is go to the Apps menu in the left-hand column. The menu might not appear there (strange things about our friend Facebook) so in that case you will have to click on Others and then on Apps.
Then it is time to edit the settings of the games and applications that you want to stop bothering you. Here you will start to realize why I say that the process is annoying. It so happens that you will have to search for each and every one of the apps and games that bother you and edit them one by one.
Let’s say you want to get rid of Words with Friends notifications. So, you will have to search for the game in the list of applications and click on the pencil icon that appears next to the name. Then, you must click on Edit Settings.
In the pop-up window that appears you will see various settings related to the application or game. However, the one that we are interested in is the one that says When to notify you? Obviously, you must click on this option and select Never. This will make it so the app or game will stop sending you notifications each time some friend wants to get you involved in their game activities.
As you see, the process itself is quite simple. The problem is that you will have to do it with all of the applications and games whose notifications you want to block, which is quite annoying and repetitive. However, there aren’t that many games and applications that are truly invasive, so it will only take a few minutes to stop receiving game invitations or application invitations for apps that won’t make your digital life any better.