Blocking game requests on Facebook (Updated)

UPDATED 06-JUN-2014 – see the new graphic here:

blocking facebook games

Blocking all game requests on Facebook with one click isn’t possible, but this easy trick will help a lot. The video on page two of this article shows how to block all invites from one page…

  1. Find the game invitation in your notifications list.
  2. Hover your mouse pointer over the little down arrow in the upper right corner and click on the X when it appears.
  3. Choose to Turn Off further invitations (all communications) from that game (not the person, just the game).
  4. Make sure you get the notification that you have blocked that Facebook game.

UPDATED 28-MAR-2013 – see the video at the bottom of the page on “How To Block Game Invites on Facebook”.

If you’re like me you don’t want to block or delete your friends but you really don’t want to play Potato Bug or Window Seal on Facebook. You also probably don’t want to block all invitations because you (a) want to know what your friends are into and (b) you may be up really late one night and decide to join.

How To Block Game Invites On Facebook

How To Block Game Invites On Facebook

If you haven’t known what to do just do this:

Log in to Facebook. Go to  look in the left sidebar and find the word “Requests”. It will look somewhat like Figure 1.

While you are there you can remember all those invitations you just deleted from your Notifications or you wall and revisit the dismay at your boss inviting you to play Twinkle Toes. Shiver. Once you block the app in the next step the invites are gone and you will not get further invites to play the game (or use the app).

Once you click the “Requests” link you will see all of the apps you have been requested to authorize (see the video). Click the “X” to block the app then follow the logical steps. That’s it, you’re done.

Each invitation comes conveniently packaged with an “Accept” or “Play Now” button. Should you want to accept you simply … accept.

You can also see who sent you the invitation to play and go to their wall and hound them with threats of “Don’t you EVER”. (Yes, I actually got one of those from someone and I never invited anyone to play Drunk And Disorderly. At least I’m pretty sure I haven’t.)

Should you wish to not accept this generous invitation but prefer to also either block the application/game and/or block your friend, you’re in luck. See Figure 2.

In Figure 2 you see you have the choice to block the application or ignore all requests from that “friend”. If you have friends like some of mine the second option may come in handy. then again you may still want to know just how weird your friend is.

I have to say I have played one game on Facebook. Yes, I played Farmtown. I met my friend Fred Tucker playing Farmtown and he’s a pretty cool and successful dude. So I’m not arguing against playing games or inviting people to play games – just demonstrating how easy it is to remedy the situation without actually offending anyone. Unless you have a friend who is as OCD as I am and they keep inviting you over and over and over and over. And over. And over. And over. And over … there I go again.

Oh, Figure 2. Step ONE in figure 2 is clicking the X. Step TWO is blocking the app or the friend.

Blocking games on Facebook final steps.

Blocking games on Facebook final steps.

The “yellow” block is where I have already clicked on the white X in the blue block. The X will appear as you mouse-over the game.

This post was originally published on January 13, 2011 and much has changed in the 2 years. When it changes again I will try and update as quickly as possible. Thanks for reading and sharing using one of the buttons below.


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