How to block Facebook game requests on iPhone and iPad

If you don't play Candy Crush Saga, or any other Facebook game for that matter, but you keep getting requests for lives and items from your Facebook friends, you're probably past frustrated. I've even seen some friends delete people or unfollow them simply to stop the never ending stream of game requests. Unfortunately, sometimes people don't realize they're spamming their friends. Luckily, there's an easier way to stop game requests than deleting or unfollowing your friends.

How to block all Facebook game and app requests on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Facebook app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the More button in the bottom navigation.
  3. Tap on Settings — it's all the way at the bottom so you'll need to scroll down a ways.
  4. Tap on Notifications.
  5. Tap on Mobile Push under the How You Get Notifications section.
  6. Uncheck Application Requests and Application Invites.

You can repeat this process for email, text, message, and on Facebook too so you stop app and game requests everywhere. Keep in mind that this blocks requests from all apps, not just games. It doesn't mean you won't receive notifications for apps you've added yourself, but just ones other people send you that you haven't added on your own first.

How to block a Facebook game requests on a case by case basis

  1. Launch the Facebook app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. In your main news feed, when you come across an app or a game you get notifications for that you don't want to see, tap the carat symbol in the right hand top corner of the post.
  3. Tap on the Hide all option. In this instance, I'll choose Hide all from Farm Heroes Saga.

This should stop that particular game from feeding into your news feed. Occasionally I've even seen a block options for game notifications but when I actually see that option has been very sporadic. Hiding a game seems to suppress all notifications for it though. Keep in mind that if there is a game that you have installed on your iPhone or iPad and you have linked your Facebook account, you'll have to unlink it or you'll just be routed to that app to check the notification.

If anyone else has stumbled across a better way to block games right form their iPhone or iPad, be sure to let me know in the comments!

Allyson Kazmucha

iMore senior editor from 2011 to 2015.

  • Thank you very much.
  • Thanks for the reminder to do this! Sent from the iMore App
  • Thank you so much for the tip. I've been inundated with FarmVille requests lately. People really still play that, I guess
  • Bless you.
  • This is the best article ever! Thank you so much, Ally. I had no idea I could block them. Sent from the iMore App
  • I don't understand why people play those stupid games in the first place. Thank god for this article.
  • This may go down as the best tip of 2014. Thank you. I know I did this way back when farmville was popular. FB must have turned it on again.
  • FB Purity - for this and so much more (and all reversible) Facebook hates it, which is reason enough to use it.
  • Thank you so much. Finally won't get all the King game requests
  • I did what the article said and I'm still getting the invites. I'm not very happy. Sent from the iMore App
  • Close out of the app completely. Sent from the iMore App
  • Thanks Ally. I think you should write a book of - "How to ..." :D
  • Best tip ever! Sent from the iMore App
  • I didn't this when this article first came out and I'm still getting requests, I went back into the settings and checked and both Application Requests & Invited were already unchecked. WHAT THE HECK? I'm really starting to hate Facebook.
  • Thank you
  • I've done the steps in your article and I'm still receiving invitations for candy crush saga. Anything else I should try?
  • I did this 7 months, ago, and I'm still receiving invitations. Oddly, those invitations weren't in my notifications when I viewed Facebook through mobile Safari. They're showing up in my app, though. I think I'll recheck the boxes on this device and then uncheck them, again. Couldn't hurt. Oh wait. This is Facebook. It will be exCRUciating.
  • I've been hunting off and on for quite some time now trying to figure out how to get rid of some of these annoying app requests. So glad I found this article! Thanks for such a great how-to, Ally! Should of known to come to iMore first for the quick fix!