What types of notifications does Facebook send?

You can't turn off notifications entirely, but you can adjust how and what you're notified about.
Notifications are updates about Facebook activity. The types of notifications that exist depend on what platform you're using.
Desktop and mobile
  • Red alert notifications: Notifications that appear above Notifications. When you have a new notification, a red bubble will appear with the number of new notifications you've received.
  • Email notifications: Notifications you receive via email. Learn more about email notifications.
  • Push notifications: Notifications that appear when you aren't actively using Facebook. Learn more about mobile and desktop push notifications.
Desktop only
  • Pop-up notifications: Notifications that pop up on your screen when you're logged in to Facebook and a friend interacts with you (e.g. posts on your timeline). Click the notification to see the story or click X to close the notification.
Mobile only
  • Text notifications: Notifications you receive via mobile text messaging (SMS). Learn more about text notifications.
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