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How to Fix 8 Common Facebook Frustrations

by on March 25, 2016
in Facebook, Tips & How-Tos, Privacy, Tech 101 :: 16 comments

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Facebook Annoyances

We’ve all got annoying Facebook friends…you know, the ones who post about politics five times a day, or tag you in unflattering photos or won’t stop sending you Candy Crush invitations? And we've all been frustrated by autoplay videos and irrelevant ads. Fortunately, there are solutions to these and other Facebook frustrations, so you can get back to "♥"ing the time you spend on Facebook. 

Block (or limit) News Feed Posts

There are some people or pages on Facebook whose posts you just don’t want to see (Uncle Mike, I appreciate your interest in doomsday preparation, but no need to share it with all). But ‘unfriending’ people to get rid of their posts is harsh, and might even harm your relationship. Luckily, you can just ‘unfollow’ people to say sayonara to their posts-- and they won’t even know.

On the desktop, click the downward facing arrow at the top right of the blue bar, then select “News Feed Preferences.”

Downward Facing Arrow

Next, click “Unfollow people to hide their posts,” and select the friend or page whose posts are just too much.

Unfollow People to Hide Posts

And if one particular post is the last straw, you can also click on the downward facing arrow at the top right corner of any individual post, then ‘Unfollow’ the page or person. (If you change your mind later, you have the option of reconnecting with the people you ‘unfollowed.')

Unfollow Facebook Friend

On mobile, press “More” in the bottom right-hand corner of the app, then select “News Feed Preferences.” Next, select “Unfollow People to Hide Their Posts,” then ‘unfollow’ all of the pages or people you would like.

Mobile Facebook

To just pare down the number of their posts you see in your news feed (rather than getting rid of them altogether), click on the downward grey arrow at the top right of any of their posts on both desktop and mobile. You’ll then be able to select “Hide Post: See fewer posts like this” to alleviate the problem.

Prioritizing the Top of Your Feed

Facebook’s algorithm can be really useful, leading you to posts and statuses that you might not have seen otherwise in the cacophony of the never-ending News Feed. Unfortunately, the algorithm doesn’t always get it right. You don’t want to miss your brother’s baby taking his first steps, do you? To make sure you don’t miss any of his posts, on the desktop, click the blue down arrow and select “News Feed Preferences.” Then click “Prioritize who to see first.” Choose the pages and people whose posts you love, and they’ll be at the top of your News Feed every time you log in.

On mobile, press “More” in the bottom right-hand corner of the app, then select “News Feed Preferences.” Press “Prioritize Who to See First,” then make your picks. You’ll never miss an update again!

Hiding Likes on Facebook

I really like playing the Kendall and Kylie game, but as someone who doesn’t want to publicly admit to a Kardashian-Jenner clan obsession, I don’t want any of my Facebook friends to see that I liked the game’s official page. While you have to be on a desktop, it’s easy to edit who can see the pages you’ve liked, although there are some caveats.

Head to your profile page, then find the “About” button that lives right below your cover photo and to the right of your profile picture. Any music, movies, books, TV shows and other pages you’ve liked will be arranged in groupings. At the upper right hand corner of each grouping, select the pencil button that says “Manage.” Then select “Edit Privacy.” You can then determine who you want to see the movies, games, interests and other pages that you’ve liked. You can’t hide that you’ve liked individual pages, but you can hide certain groupings.

Hiding Likes on Facebook

Stop Irritating App Notifications

It’s the red badge of annoyance, and it seems like it will never go away. Every time you log in, FarmVille or the Kim Kardashian game remind you that it’s been a year since you last played. Why don’t you take a turn now? Not today, and not ever.

To turn off those app notifications on a desktop, venture up to the downward facing arrow at the top right-hand corner of the page, select Settings, then Apps. From there, you will be able to see all of the apps that you have authorized to use your account. Hover over the offending app, then press the pencil, or “Edit Settings,” button. Then, select “No” from the option that says “This app can: send you notifications.”

App Notifications

Mobile users will go about this in a similar way. From the Facebook mobile app, press the “More” tab in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. Scroll down to select “Settings,” then “Account Settings.” In the next screen, click Apps, then “Platform.” You will then be able to choose whether you want apps and games to send you notifications.

And if your friend keeps trying to ask you to send her corn in Farmville, go to Settings, then Blocking and scroll down to Block app invites. You can add friends whose invites you never want to see again.

Blocking (Some) Targeted Ads

Ads make the Facebook world go round, and the company has become better and better at targeting advertisements tailored to your interests. But this raises plenty of privacy and security concerns. If you don’t want to download an ad blocker to block them entirely, you can adjust some of your ad settings in Facebook.

If there is a particular ad you find offensive or that you don’t want to see anymore, you can press the “X” or the down arrow at the top right of the ad on both desktop and mobile to remove yourself from the audiences that ad is targeting.

For a more global approach, desktop users can click the downward arrow at the top right-hand corner of the screen, then choose “Settings” and “Ads.” You can then choose whether or not you want Facebook to use your online habits to serve you ads, as well as manage your ad preferences.

Mobile users can click the “More” button, then click “Ads.” From there, you can adjust your preferences just like a desktop user would.

Stop Videos that Start Playing Automatically

Advertisers pay the big bucks to have their videos in front of a Facebook audience, and Facebook now autoplays them in your feed. This “feature” can be a huge data suck, so if you’re leery of getting charged for using extra data, you’ll definitely want to turn this off.

Click the down arrow at the top right-hand corner of your screen on desktop, then choose “Settings.” From the left-hand column, choose “Videos,” then choose whether you want the Auto-Play Videos default setting on or off.

Similarly, mobile users should press “More” at the bottom right-hand corner of the app, then “Settings,” then “Videos and Photos.” You can then choose whether you want videos to autoplay using data and Wi-Fi, on Wi-Fi connections only or never. In my opinion, never is a pretty good policy.

Keep Your Newsfeed in Chronological Order

When you log into Facebook, the Newsfeed automatically orders the posts you see according to its own algorithms. This can be helpful if you want to see what Facebook thinks you should see, but many of us liked pages or friended people to see their posts as they happen. That’s where the browser extension Social Fixer comes in handy. If you use Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Opera on desktop, you can download the extension and just let it work. While Facebook has tried many times to cripple Social Fixer, and some of the features don’t work anymore, the chronological Newsfeed option is still up and running.

Make It Harder to Be Tagged in Photos

Facebook users can tag their friends in any photo they post, whether it be a good or bad one. That could prove to be problematic if the wrong person sees that photo. Thankfully, there are some options if you want to take that unattractive holiday office party picture you were tagged in and banish it to the social media graveyard in the sky.

If you’re on a desktop, click the downward facing arrow at the top right corner of the page, then select “Settings,” then “Timeline and Tagging.” From here, you can choose whether you want to review a friend’s post or photo before it appears on Facebook, who you want to enable to see the posts and photos you’re tagged in, and who can receive tag suggestions if a face in a photo looks like you.

To get to the same page on the Facebook mobile app, press “More” on the bottom right-hand corner of the screen, “Settings,” “Account Settings,” and then “Timeline and Tagging.” Thank goodness that picture won’t follow you around for the rest of time. 

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Screen on Facebook is TINY

From Louise on October 10, 2017 :: 3:44 pm

The whole page on Facebook is so Tiny, I can not read any of it. How do I fix it? thank you.


Problem with my facebook account

From Jenna Havard on October 16, 2017 :: 7:56 pm

For the last 4days my facebook most recent and top stories havnt added any new posts from my friends ivhave on here all im seeing is the same constant posts daily



I believe I’ve been hacked and can’t get on facebook

From Coleen L Odaniell on April 18, 2018 :: 8:50 am

After numerous tries. I’m ready to throw tablet and phone away !



Facebook Freeze Up

From April Ott on July 01, 2018 :: 11:36 pm

When I try to add photos or videos to my page, the page freezes. It won’t allow me to “say something about” the photo or post it. I have to discard it or the page stays frozen. Tried all I know to do. Any advice?



Comments and Replies

From Annette Lynch on January 05, 2019 :: 4:09 pm

I am not able to comment or reply to anyone’s post.
I was told there is supposed to be a blue arrow on my page in order to do so.  I do not have that blue arrow.  Please, how can I fix this?


my lick bottom r not

From Pratap Roy on January 20, 2019 :: 5:12 am

my lick bottom r not working



cant see my wife's posts

From Paul McCue on July 02, 2019 :: 6:26 pm

tried everything… only thing that worked is if she makes her posts public which she doesn’t want to do



Page Not loading

From scott on October 11, 2019 :: 8:23 pm

My timeline isn’t loading. Header loads and nothing below. I’ve done all the usual suggestions. Cleaned temp files. tried many browsers. Ugh. Page loads on mobile. My personal page loads. But my fan page is the problem.



No send arrow

From Roy Minton on March 25, 2020 :: 3:44 pm

When I post a comment I can’t send the comment. Any help would be appreciated.



Can you clarify the issue?

From Josh Kirschner on March 26, 2020 :: 10:00 am

Hi Roy, I’m not following what the issue is that you’re facing. Are you saying you can’t make comments on other people’s posts? All posts? Some posts? Or is it something else you’re having trouble with?



Left side Facebook panel gone & can't login to group I admin

From Steven C. McKinstry on May 05, 2020 :: 7:23 pm

All of a sudden I no longer have access to the facebook group that I admin: the 8 Track Band Story

Further, the left panel of all FB pages is missing.



I can't comment w/o FB sending me to the top

From Polly Royster on June 02, 2020 :: 9:42 am

Need your expertise please.  Whenever I “like” something or make a comment and post, FB automatically scrolls me back to the top of the page. This is so annoying and I can’t figure out why it’s doing that!  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks in advance.



What device/broswer?

From Josh Kirschner on June 02, 2020 :: 1:31 pm

Is this on your phone or desktop? What browser are you using (or is it phone app)?




From Connie M Bock on June 02, 2020 :: 3:04 pm

My games are running really slow whick makes them almost impossible to play.  One game doesn’t work at all (Canasta hand and foot).  Really bummed about all this.



I see 3 posts, then

From Ann Martin on August 23, 2020 :: 9:09 pm

I see 3 posts, then a gray blank screen, then 3 more post.  How can I stop the blank gray screen?



Are you using an ad blocker?

From Josh Kirschner on August 24, 2020 :: 11:44 pm

Are you using an ad blocker? It sounds like what might happen if you are using an ad blocker and it’s blocking the in-feed ads on Facebook.


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