Every time you connect to Facebook , you are forced to put up with dozens of useless posts published by one of your contacts. You would gladly do without this content, but you don’t know how to get rid of it without unfriending the person who posted it, do you? Then don’t worry: let me give you a hand and tell you how to solve this problem.
With today’s guide, in fact, we will discover together how to ignore a person on Facebook avoiding the useless “rain” of posts, notifications and invitations that can ruin navigation within the most famous social network in the world. There are several ways to do this: unfollowing someone, blocking them, preventing them from sending invitations, blocking tags and posts in their timeline, and more.
Are you ready to deepen the topic? Yup? Well, then let’s waste more time. Make yourself comfortable, take all the time you need to concentrate on reading the next lines and, above all, put into practice the “tips” I am about to give you, so as not to have problems making a person “invisible” on Facebook without give up, however, his friendship. Happy reading and good luck for everything!
Before delving into the heart of this guide and seeing, together, how to ignore a person on Facebook , I would like to provide you with some preliminary information that will surely be useful to understand what operations to take to achieve your purpose.
If your intentions are to prevent a user from doing a whole range of activities – sending you friend requests, invitations to play or participating in events, messages and so on – the best thing to do is block them.
If, on the other hand, you simply want to stop viewing his posts or block specific actions that he can perform on the social network, you can take advantage of some ad hoc Facebook functions that can be right for you.
You must evaluate the type of block you want to use with a certain user and then act accordingly, following the instructions you find in the following chapters.
Unfollow a person on Facebook
If you want to ignore a user on Facebook, one of the first things you can do is to unfollow them : in this way, you will remain friends with the user in question, but their posts will no longer be offered to you in the feed. Here’s how to proceed on both mobile and computer.
Smartphones and tablets
To stop following a person on Facebook from smartphones and tablets , start the official social network app on your Android or iOS device , log into your account (if necessary), type the user’s name in the search field at the top of your interest and presses on the result corresponding to his profile, in order to go to the latter.
Once you have reached the profile of the person of your interest, tap on the Friends button (the icon of the little man located immediately under his name) and then do the following: if you are using Android , press on the item Do not follow anymore present in the menu that opens; If you use iOS , however, tap the button Follow already at the top and select the item Stop Following from the menu that pops up. By doing this, the person’s posts will no longer appear in your feed.
Clearly, in case of second thoughts, just go back to the user’s profile, press the icon of the little man and then on the Follow item , to return to follow him.
If you prefer to act as a computer , know that you can stop following a person on Facebook in an equally simple way: to do so, access Facebook through their main page or their application for Windows 10 , type in the search bar located at the top of left the name of the person you no longer want to follow and presses on the corresponding result, to go to his profile.
Then, click on the Follow Already button and, in the menu that opens, select the Unfollow [name] item . From this moment on, the posts published by the user that you have unfollowed will no longer appear in the feed.
In case of second thoughts, to return to follow the user, go to his profile and press the Follow button .
Block a person on Facebook
Blocking a person on Facebook is the most effective (and also the most drastic) measure you have to ignore a user on the famous social network. By doing this, in fact, you can prevent the blocked person from tagging you, inviting you to groups or events, sending you messages and seeing what you post in your diary. Let’s see immediately how to proceed.
Smartphones and tablets
If you want to block a user on Facebook by acting from a smartphone or tablet , start the official social network app on your Android or iOS device and log in to your account. Then tap on the search bar located at the top, type the name of the person you want to block and press on the search result corresponding to his profile, in order to go to the latter.
At this point, tap on the icon of the wheel or of the little man (it depends if the person is your friend on Facebook or not), select the Block item from the screen that opens and confirm the operation by pressing once again on Block .
From this moment on, the user you have decided to block will no longer be able to send you messages, requests to participate in events and so on. Also, if it was on your friends list, its name will no longer be on it.
If you blocked the user in question because he was bothering you, also consider reporting him to Facebook. More info here.
Instead of blocking a user on Facebook, do you simply want to prevent them from sending you messages? In this case, you can block it on Messenger : to do this, all you have to do is start the Messenger app on your Android or iOS device , open the conversation of your interest and tap on the user’s name , located at the top .
Then press the Block item on Messenger and confirm the operation, selecting the Block item in the menu that opens. By blocking a user on Messenger, they will no longer be able to send you messages (and you won’t be able to do the same thing with them either).
In case of second thoughts, you can unblock a user on Facebook and Messenger by following the instructions in my tutorials dedicated to the topic.
Do you prefer to block someone on Facebook by acting as a computer ? Well, then go to this page , log in to your account (if necessary) and locate the section Blocking users . Then type the name of the user you want to block in the Block these users text field and click on the blue Block button .
In the box that opens, locate the user you actually want to block and then click again on the Block button , located next to his name. From now on, you will no longer receive notifications from the blocked user and they will not be included in your friends list either. If you blocked the user in question because he was bothering you, also consider reporting his profile to Facebook. More info here.
If you want to block a user on Messenger , instead, go to his profile, click on the Message button located on the right of his cover photo. In the window that appears at the bottom right, click on the gear symbol , select the Block item and confirm the operation by first clicking on the Block messages and calls link and then on the Block button .
I remind you that by blocking a user on Messenger, he will no longer be able to send you messages (unless you decide to unblock him) and neither can you.
To unblock a user on Facebook and / or Messenger, in case of second thoughts, follow the instructions in my tutorials dedicated to the subject.
Block a person’s invitations on Facebook
Is it your intention to block a person’s invitations to Facebook , such as those related to participation in games, events and so on? Before explaining how to proceed both from mobile and from PC, I would like to tell you that if you want to block invitations from a specific person, you should act as a computer, as the Facebook app simply allows you to block all notifications from the app and games.
Smartphones and tablets
To block invitations from a person from a smartphone or tablet , start the official Facebook app on your Android or iOS device , log in to your account (if necessary), tap the button (≡) and select the items Settings and privacy> Settings> Apps and websites from the menu that opens.
On the next screen, tap on the No mail item corresponding to the Game and app notifications box : by doing so, all notifications from invitations to use games and apps will not be shown to you. Even if you turn off notifications from games and apps, you can still continue to use them.
If you have second thoughts, you can restore the setting you just changed by going to (≡)> Settings and privacy> Settings> Apps and websites and selecting the Yes item again in correspondence with the wording Game and app notifications .
To block invitations to events, however, you must necessarily resort to using the desktop version of Facebook, as I will explain shortly.
Do you want to block invitations from someone on Facebook by acting as a computer ? To proceed, log in to the social network, go to this page and write the name of the person whose invitations you want to block in the text fields Block invitations from located within the Blocking app invitations and Blocking event invitations sections .
From now on, all invitations made by the person you have decided to block will be automatically ignored. Happy?
If you change your mind, you can restore the modified option by going to the page I reported to you previously and clicking on the Unblock link located next to the name of the user whose invitations you had blocked.
Block tags and posts on your diary
Don’t want someone to tag you or write in your diary? Well, what are you waiting for to block tags and posts on your diary ? Again, this is a very simple operation to complete.
Smartphones and tablets
If you prefer to block tags and posts on your diary using a smartphone or tablet , log in to your Facebook account via the official app of the social network for Android or iOS , tap the button (≡) and select the items Settings and privacy> Settings> Diary and adding tags from the menu that opens. On the next screen, tap on the item Who can write on your diary? , select the item Just me and that’s it.
As for the blocking of tagging, on the other hand, from the Diary and tagging screen , select the item Do you want to check the posts in which they tag you before the post is displayed on your diary? and move the lever relative to the wording Control of the diary to ON : by doing so, when someone tags you, you can decide whether to make the post in question visible on your diary or not.
In case of second thoughts, you can restore the option you just changed by going to (≡) > Settings and privacy> Settings> Diary and adding tags , pressing on the items Who can write on your diary? and / or Do you want to check the posts they tag you in before the post appears in your timeline? and select the item Friends (if you have decided to act on who can write in your diary) or by moving the switch lever next to the wording Diary control to OFF (as regards the appearance on your diary of the posts in which you are tagged ).
In case you intend to block tags and posts on the diary by acting as a computer , all you have to do is go to the settings page of your Facebook account and make the desired changes.
After logging in to Facebook, go to this page , click on the Edit link located next to the wording Who can write on your diary? and select the item Only me , in the menu that opens.
As for the block related to adding tags, however, click on the link Do you want to check the posts in which they tag you before the post is displayed in your diary? and select the Yes item from the menu that opens: in this way, you can decide whether or not to make visible a post in which you are tagged.
In case of second thoughts, to restore the options you have changed, just go to the settings page that I linked to you just now, click on the Edit link located under the items Who can write on your diary? and / or Do you want to check the posts they tag you in before the post appears in your timeline? and restoring the options that were previously set.