In the Facebook app for Android and iOS, the shortcut bar has a few necessary tabs for you to go home and view notifications and settings. But other tabs can make the interface feel cluttered if you don’t use them often enough or not at all. Fortunately, there is a quick trick to get rid of them for a cleaner navigation bar.
I hated seeing the Marketplace tab in the navigation bar, especially when there were notifications. In recent versions of the Facebook app, Marketplace could be Shops, but it’s essentially the same.
The version of Facebook I have on my iPhone right now puts stores in the center of the shortcut bar, but my Android device omits it altogether for some reason. In my current iOS app there is also a tab for Facebook Watch, which shows all the videos on Facebook. In my current Android app, I see Watch, plus Facebook Groups, which shows the latest of all your subscribed groups, and Facebook News, which contains news articles and videos suggested to you.
The tabs you see in the shortcut bar may vary based on your account and the version of the Facebook app, so you may see a different combination of keyboard shortcuts in addition to the stationary Home, Notifications, and Menu tabs. Whatever combo you see, if you don̵
Option 1: The fastest way to manage each shortcut
In the Facebook app shortcut bar, long press (or tap and hold) the tab for which you want to delete or manage notifications. On iOS, the bar is at the bottom, while on Android, it is at the top.
An action sheet should appear at the bottom with some of your options.
- Turn off notification dots: Tapping on this won’t show those annoying labels letting you know there’s new activity to check out. This is a good option if you find the tab useful but don’t like the demanding notification alerts.
- Remove from shortcut bar: Tapping this will remove the tab completely and display the remaining tabs more prominently to fill the space. This is a good option if you never use them.
When you turn off notifications, it will take effect immediately. If you choose to delete the tab, you will be asked if you are sure you want to delete the tab after pressing that option – tap “Delete” to finish.
If you only turn off notifications, you can always long press the tab again and choose ‘Enable notification dots’ to undo your decision.
Tabs that you can disable or completely remove this way include Groups, Watch, News, and Shop. You may not see all of these tabs in your interface as it varies based on accounts and app versions. For example, in my Facebook app for iOS, Marketplace was there before it was replaced with News, then News was kicked back and switched to Shop (the new name for Marketplace).
Option 2: The fastest way to delete multiple shortcuts
If you want to remove multiple tabs, there is a quick way to do it all at once, but it works differently depending on your operating system. In the Facebook app for Android, long press (or tap and hold) a tab as in Option 1 above, but this time choose ‘Manage Shortcut Settings’. From here you can turn off Groups, Watching and News (but your options may vary).
In the Facebook app for iOS, long press (or tap and hold) a tab, then click “Remove from Shortcut Bar,” just like in Option 1 above. Once you do that, the tab will disappear and a warning will pop up letting you know that you can find it later in Settings. Tap that “Settings” button before it disappears, and you can turn off Videos on Watch and Shop (but your options may vary).
Option 3: The slowest way to delete multiple shortcuts
If you don’t like shortcuts for the shortcut bar settings, as option 2 shows, you can go to the same preferences in the long run.
In the iOS or Android app, tap the three-line tab on the right to open the menu. Then scroll down and tap “Settings & Privacy” then “Settings”. From here you can search for “Shortcut Bar” or just scroll down and tap the option.
As with Option 2, you will see switches for sections such as Groups, View, Shop and News. Uncheck the ones you don’t want and close the settings.
Option 4: The slowest way to turn off shortcut notifications
Option 1 is the best of both worlds as you can manage notification points and the tab itself, but there’s another way to just change your notification preferences.
In the iOS or Android app, tap the three-line tab on the right to open the menu. Then scroll down and tap “Settings & Privacy” then “Settings”. From here, you can search for “Notification points” or scroll down and tap the option.
As in options 2 and 3, you will see switches such as Groups, View, Shop and News. You may also see one for the Menu tab. Uncheck the ones you don’t want and close the settings.
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