How to Control Facebook Group Notifications

Sometimes, especially in larger Facebook groups, you may find yourself a bit overwhelmed by all the notifications. To control them, you just need to get comfortable with the Notifications Settings menu, which you access by clicking the Notifications button from a group’s Home page. Clicking Notifications (it’s on the right side of the page under the member photos) reveals a drop-down menu with three options.

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  • All Posts: Because comment threads can often become very long and rambling, this option allows you to see when a new post is created, but not see comments on those posts unless you follow the post.

  • Friends’ Posts: In especially large groups, you might not be official Facebook friends with everyone in the group, so a good way to filter down to the material you’re most likely to care about is to pay attention only to the things your friends post.

  • Off: Some people may want to read the posts only when they choose to look at the group and not receive any notifications from this group. Selecting Off gives you that silence.

If you’re being inundated by e-mail notifications but still want the notifications to appear on Facebook, you can change your e-mail notification settings from the Account Settings page. To adjust this setting, follow these steps:

  1. Click the upside-down triangle icon in the blue bar at top of any page.

    A drop-down menu appears.

  2. Select Settings.

    The Settings page appears. You can choose different types of settings from the menu on the left side of the page.

  3. Click Notifications on the left side of the page.

    This opens all notifications settings. Look for the Email line in the How You Get Notifications section.

  4. Click Edit to the right of the Email option.

    This expands to three options for e-mail notifications: All Notifications, Important Notifications, and Only Notifications about Your Account Security and Privacy.

  5. Select either Important Notifications, or Only Notifications about Your Account, Security and Privacy.

    This step limits how many e-mail notifications you receive from Facebook.

If, after you change this setting, you’re still getting e-mails about activity happening in a group, scroll to the bottom of one of the offending e-mails and click the Unsubscribe link. You will be asked to confirm that you want to unsubscribe from that type of e-mail. After you confirm, you'll no longer see e-mails about groups.

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