Even if you like using Facebook and Twitter, the constant activity from both apps can flood your notifications screen and cause distractions. If you want to keep Facebook and Twitter on your phone without getting notifications, you can go into the settings for each application and disable notifications. With notifications disabled you can still use the apps and get new information when the app is active without the app automatically fetching information when it is closed. You can delete apps if you never use them; despite their modern prevalence, neither the Facebook nor Twitter apps are mandatory for smartphone use.
Disabling Twitter Notifications
Open up the Twitter app on your phone. Tap the menu icon in the upper right corner and select "Settings."
Remove the check box next to "Notifications" to stop the Twitter app from sending notifications to your phone.
Uncheck the box next to "Sync Data." With the box unchecked, the text underneath it should state that sync information is off. You do not have to turn off syncing information to stop the app from sending notifications, but doing so does conserve battery life.
Disabling Facebook Notifications
Open the Facebook app on your phone. Tap the menu button.
Scroll down along of the menu options until you see "App Settings." Tap it.
Deselect the check box beside "Notifications" to disable notifications from the Facebook app. To stop messenger notifications, deselect the check box beside "Facebook Chat." If you want to stop your phone from syncing data with Facebook for battery conservation or privacy reasons, tap "Sync Photos" and select "Don't sync my photos." To stop Facebook from syncing with your contacts, tap "Sync Contacts" and select "Remove Facebook Data."
Deleting the Facebook & Twitter Apps
Delete either the Facebook or Twitter app directly from your device to remove it immediately. On the iPhone, hold your finger down on the app you want to remove. When the icon wiggles, tap the "X" button to remove it. You can also remove the apps from iTunes by selecting the "Apps" section of the iTunes library, choosing the Facebook or Twitter app, and pressing "Delete" on your keyboard.
Delete Facebook and Twitter on Android phones by opening the "Settings" section and opening up the application manager. Select the app you want to delete, and select "Uninstall." Alternatively, you can open the Google Play Store and remove apps. Open the store, tap the Play icon, and select "My Apps." Choose the app you want to remove, and tap the "Uninstall" button on the app page.
Reinstall the Facebook or Twitter apps at any time if you change your mind. Both apps are available for free, and are frequently updated as the service changes.
- You may want to disable background syncing in your phone's settings to ensure that the apps do not fetching background data. Turning off syncing for apps helps reduce strain on the battery.
- This article refers to app settings as they were in January 2014. Settings and options are likely to change.
- Twitter Help Center: Managing Push Notifications on Twitter for Android
- Facebook Help Center: How Do I Turn Push Notifications On or Off From Mobile?
- Apple Support: iPhone Basics - Delete an App
- Apple Support: How to Delete Content You've Downloaded From the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, or Mac App Store
- Google Support: Uninstalling Android apps
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