Silencing Your Social: How to Turn Off Facebook Sounds Easily

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How to Turn Off Facebook Sounds: A Step-by-Step Guide


Getting interrupted by unexpected sounds from Facebook notifications and other in-app noises can be distracting, especially if you’re using the platform in a quiet environment or during work hours. Fortunately, turning off Facebook sounds is a straightforward process. As Tracy, a tech expert, I’ll guide you through the necessary steps to silence Facebook sounds on both your mobile device and desktop.

Turning Off Sounds on the Facebook Mobile App

For Android Users

  1. Open the Facebook app on your Android device.
  2. Tap on the three horizontal lines (menu button) located in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  3. Scroll down and select ‘Settings & Privacy’, then tap on ‘Settings’.
  4. Under the ‘Preferences’ section, find and select ‘Media and Contacts’.
  5. Here you’ll find the ‘Sounds in the app’ option. Tap the toggle next to it to turn off all sounds within the app.

For iOS Users

  1. Open the Facebook app on your iOS device.
  2. Tap on the three horizontal lines at the bottom right corner to access the menu.
  3. Scroll down to select ‘Settings & Privacy’, then ‘Settings’.
  4. Navigate to the ‘Settings’ section and find ‘Sounds’.
  5. Turn off the ‘In-App Sound’ toggle to disable sounds.

Disabling Sound Notifications on a Desktop Browser

If you’re using Facebook on a desktop, the process differs slightly:

  1. Log in to your Facebook account.
  2. Click on the downward arrow in the top right corner of the page to access the drop-down menu.
  3. From the menu, click on ‘Settings & Privacy’, then ‘Settings’.
  4. On the left sidebar, click on ‘Notifications’.
  5. Scroll down to the ‘How You Get Notifications’ section and then select ‘Browser’.
  6. Here, you can turn off the toggle next to ‘Play a sound when each new notification is received’ to disable notification sounds.

Common FAQs

Does turning off sounds affect notifications?

No, turning off sounds does not affect the delivery of your notifications. You will continue to receive notifications silently.

Will I need to adjust my device’s sound settings?

No, adjusting the app’s settings as outlined above should be sufficient. Your device’s sound settings only need to change if you wish to silence all phone notifications.

Is there a way to turn off sounds for specific features within the Facebook app?

Currently, there is no option to selectively silence specific sounds within the app. It’s either all on or all off within the app’s sound settings.

Will these settings persist when updating the app?

Typically, your preferences should remain the same after an app update. However, it’s always good to check your settings periodically, especially after an update, just in case.

Action Android iOS
Open Menu Three horizontal lines (top right) Three horizontal lines (bottom right)
Settings Location Settings & Privacy > Settings Settings & Privacy > Settings
Sounds Toggle Media and Contacts > Sounds in the app Sounds > In-App Sound


As someone who values uninterrupted focus time, turning off Facebook sounds has definitely contributed to a distraction-free environment. By following the steps provided, you can enjoy browsing on Facebook without any unwanted noise. Remember that while this guide focuses exclusively on controlling the sounds within the Facebook app, many devices offer ‘Do Not Disturb’ features for a quieter notification experience across all applications.