Facebook has red notification dots that show up whenever new content is available. The bright red dots appear on the mobile app’s home screen, perhaps to alert you of a new video or new post or activity in one of your groups. Sometimes users find these red notifications annoying. But there is no way to stop these notifications. Now Facebook is testing a toggle to turn off the red in-app notification dots on its home screen.
Facebook started testing the feature with a limited set of users. If you are part of the test then, you’ll find the option in your Facebook app under the three-lined More/Menu tab -> Settings & Privacy -> Settings -> Notifications -> Notification Dots. There you can “Choose which shortcuts will show you notifications dots” with options for “Videos On Watch”, “Profile”, “Groups”, “Menu”.
Now today, Facebook has rolled out the feature. In order to use the feature, simply long-press any of the buttons appearing on the Shortcut bar. As you do this, a pop-up will appear from the bottom, which will present with three options–Turn off notification dots, Remove from shortcut bar, Mange shortcut bar. Tapping on the first option will disable the annoying dots notifications.
“It’s related to the work we’re doing with the well-being team. We’re thinking about how people spend their time in the app and making sure that it’s time well spent” Techcrunch quoted Facebook spokesperson.
People don’t necessarily want to see a notification on the badge [the in-app dots on tabs] if they’re already getting notifications in the jewel [the red counter on the Facebook app icon on your phone’s homescreen],” he further added.
The feature was earlier reported by tech enthusiast Jane Manchun Wong. She reported the feature last month.
Facebook is testing the ability to toggle Notification Dots of the specific tab in the app
This should address the long annoyance of tabs showing notification dots that don't spark joy for the user pic.twitter.com/vtBLkbjKtE
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) June 1, 2019
Originally published on June 26, 2019
Updated on November 13, 2019: Added update from the facebook and a screenshot