Within the last couple of weeks we’ve noticed a certain “beep” emanating from one of the office computers here at AudioAcrobat HQ. Knowing that there hadn’t been any manual updates to sound notifications on our end, we started an all out investigation into the source of this (slightly annoying) new sound, including both software applications and all open tabs in Google Chrome. Much to our surprise, the culprit ended up being an update to our facebook settings, which we had not manually changed or approved prior to going into effect.
If you’ve been surprised by this feature magically enabling itself without your prior approval, and are seeking to disable it immediately, please continue on through the steps below.
Step 1: Edit Account (Gear Icon)
When logged in to your facebook account, you will see a small gear-like object located in the top-right of each page, just right of the “Home” button and the (new) Privacy Shortcuts icon, which looks like a lock placed in front of three horizontal lines. Once identified, go ahead and click the Edit Account (Gear) icon to make the Edit Account drop-down menu appear.
Step 2: Account Settings
When the Edit Account drop-down menu appears, you’ll see any Fan Pages you manage appear at the top of the list. If you don’t manage any Fan Pages, instead you’ll see “Advertise” as the first item in the list. Just beneath “Advertise” will be “Account Settings”. Go ahead and click Account Settings to bring up the General Account Settings page.
Step 3: Notifications
Once the General Account Settings page has loaded, there will be very <ahem> general information presented center screen. Instead, we’ll want to look to the left navigation menu, found just underneath the Facebook logo and Friend Request/Message/Notification center. At the top of the left navigation menu, you will see items like “General” and “Security”. Beneath these items, you will find an item listed as “Notifications”. Once located, go ahead and click Notifications.
Step 4: On Facebook
After clicking Notifications, the Notification Settings page will load and in the center of the page the item we’re looking for will appear. It is titled, On Facebook and is located in the How You Get Notifications sub-section.
On the far right of this area, a link titled, View will display a pencil icon when hovered over. Click either the pencil icon or the word View to edit the settings. Here, the item will expand to reveal a check box labeled, Play a sound when each new notification is received.
By unchecking this box and clicking Save Changes, the audio notifications will cease to sound whenever a new friend request, message or notification has appeared in your account. The resulting screen will appear as such:
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