UPDATED: How to unsubscribe from somebody’s Facebook Live notifications

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Facebook Live, similar to Periscope, allows Facebook users to livestream video to their Facebook friends (and fans). I’m a big fan of livestreaming video – in large part because it is live, real and allows for interaction. It’s authentic.
But, that doesn’t mean that I have to want to get everyone’s notifications when they go live. On Periscope, it’s super easy to mute notifications for users. When the notification shows up, you either ignore it, click on it to watch the broadcast or mute the user right there. Easy breezy. One click.

On Facebook, it wasn’t quite that easy.

On my desktop (aka laptop), I looked for ways to do it. I clicked on the Facebook Live video. No luck there. It did allow me to report the video (a bit harsh probably), to save it (nope) and to turn on notifications (going the wrong way here). But there was no way to unsubscribe – as of Jan. 2, 2016.

I figured I could change a setting in NOTIFICATIONS. You know, that’s one of those tabs under ACCOUNT SETTINGS. There were plenty of options for mobile, texting, desktop, sounds, etc. But nothing about Facebook Live. No luck here. I gave up and was going to write a blog post on the impossible task of unsubscribing to other people’s Facebook Live notifications. But then another popped up and I figured it out. Whew. A Saturday afternoon well spent. Here’s how you turn Facebook Live notifications off from desktop browsers:

Go to your notifications (the little globe on the top right)


Then hover over the notification in question and click the X (right side)

turn off 1

Once clicked, you’ll get this:

turn off 2

Click “Turn Off” and notifications for that user are now turned off.

By the way, Facebook is rolling out Facebook Live in phases and not everyone has it today. Michael Stelzner, of the Social Media Examiner, was nice enough to post this picture of where you can find your Facebook Live button once you have it.

The above was first published on Jan. 3, 2016.

Feb. 7, 2016 update

I spotted another way to unsubscribe. This works from within the mobile Facebook app (at least on iPhone).

Once the live stream was done I spotted this blue check mark in the top right corner of the video.


Click on it and you get this:

That means you are subscribed to this Facebook Live stream. Click on the blue area and you are unsubscribed.

To subscribe again, click that box once again. As far as I can tell that box only shows once the live video stream has been completed.

May 25, 2016 update

I spotted another way how you can unsubscribe from Facebook Live notifications from your mobile device. In the Facebook app. Go to your notifications.

Swipe left and click on MORE.

Turn off notifications.

Unsubscribing on mobile is still not as easy as it is on Periscope but this is definitely an improvement.

May 30, 2016 update

To turn of all Facebook Live notifications, on your desktop computer go to SETTINGS *accessible after clicking the little downward arrow on the top right).

Left side, click on NOTIFICATIONS. Click edit (far right) on the top options (ON FACEBOOK…). Scroll down and change the setting for Facebook Live.


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