Are these crimson notification dots in your Fb residence display driving you loopy? Sick of Fb Market losing your display area? Now you possibly can management what seems within the Fb app’s navigation bar due to a brand new possibility referred to as Shortcut Bar Settings.
Over the weekend TechCrunch noticed the choice to take away sure tabs like Market, Watch, Teams, Occasions, Profile, Buddy Requests, Information, At this time In, Gaming and Relationship or simply silence their notification dots. In response to our inquiry, Fb confirms that Shortcut Bar Settings is now rolling out to everybody, with most iOS customers already outfitted and the remainder of Android homeowners getting it within the subsequent few weeks.
The transfer might save the sanity and enhance the well-being of people that don’t need their Fb cluttered with distractions. Customers already get necessary alerts that they may really management through their Notifications tab. Fixed crimson notification counts on the homescreen are an insidious development hack, making an attempt to tug in individuals’s consideration to random Group feeds, Occasion wall posts and Market.
“We’re rolling out navigation bar controls to make it simpler for individuals to attach with the issues they like and management the notifications they get inside the Fb app,” a Fb spokesperson tells me.
Again in July 2018, Fb stated it could begin personalizing the navigation bar primarily based on which utilities you utilize most. However the navigation bar appeared extra intent on selling options Fb wished to be standard, like its Craigslist competitor Market, which I hardly ever use, quite than its long-standing Occasions characteristic, which I entry day by day.
To make use of the Shortcut Bar Settings choices, faucet and maintain on any of the shortcuts in your navigation bar that’s on the backside of the Fb homescreen on iOS and the highest on Android. You’ll see a menu pop up letting you take away that tab totally, or depart it however disable the crimson notification depend overlays. That clears area in your nav bar for a extra peaceable expertise.
You’ll additionally now discover within the three-line Extra tab -> Settings & Privateness -> Settings -> Shortcuts menu the flexibility to toggle any of the Market, Teams, Occasions and Pages tabs on or off. Eagle-eyed reverse engineering specialist Jane Manchun Wong noticed that Fb was prototyping this menu and the Notification Dots settings menu that’s now obtainable too.
A Fb spokesperson admits individuals ought to have the flexibility to take a break from notifications inside the app. They inform me Fb wished to provide customers extra management to allow them to have entry to what’s related to them.
For all of Fb’s discuss well-being, with it making an attempt out hiding Like counts in its app and Instagram (this week beginning within the U.S.), there’s nonetheless loads of low-hanging fruit. Higher batching of Fb notifications can be an important step, permitting customers to get a day by day digest of Teams or Occasions posts quite than a continuing flurry. Its Time Properly Spent dashboard that counts your minutes on Fb also needs to say what number of notifications you get of every sort, what number of you really open, and allow you to disable the most typical however ineffective ones proper from there.
If Fb desires to outlive long-term, it could’t piss off customers by trapping them in an anxiety-inducing hellscape of development hacks that profit the corporate. The app has turn into bloated and cramped with additional options over the past 15 years. Fb might get away with extra aggressive cross-promotion of a few of these forgotten options so long as it empowers us to cover what we hate.