05 April 2012

Push notifications for lists and groups in Facebook for iOS

Along with the more significant update for the iPad app, the iPhone version of Facebook’s mobile app has also been bumped up – currently standing at 4.1.1. While not mentioned in the list of new features, I notices a small change on the iPhone: you can now enable push notifications for lists and groups – similar to the desktop version, where you can opt to receive notifications for every new post or posts from friends. You will find the toggle on the top of the page when you visit a group or list that supports this. Apparently push notifications are only available for ‘Close Friends’ (and On by default), although I can’t see any valid reason why it shouldn’t be an option for any list, smart or manual.

  • Facebook iOS app push notifications for Close Friends
  • Facebook iOS app push notifications for groups

Facebook for iOS push notifications settingsYou can also manage these options from the app settings, following this path: SettingsAccount SettingsFacebook NotificationsPush Notifications.

Also with this update, rather annoyingly, decided to reset my settings for push notifications on the iPhone, enabling all options, including the sounds and vibration alerts for messages – I had turned off the sounds as I don’t think replying to Facebook notifications should be top priority. I’m not sure if this is because of some OS limitation, but if not, it’s a shady move to say the least. If you also recently updated the app you should double-check this to restore your previous preferences.

7 comments:

  1. do you have any idea why facebook push notification is not working on my ipod? but the mail does..

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    1. Assuming you use iOS 5.1, you should check in the general settings if Facebook is allowed to send you push notifications and what type (i.e. Settings ► Notifications ► Facebook and Settings ► Facebook ► Push Notifications). Other than that... I'm not sure.

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  2. I no longer receive push notifications of 'close friends' only. I have all my notifications turned on, but I noticed that I don't have that phone icon that is on the top right to turn on and off, and don't know how to get it back. I tried re-installing the app, but it is still missing. I have not been able to find anybody having the same issue.

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    1. Sorry, I can't you help there either... I just checked and I have the phone icon and menu just as before. You can also check your settings on Facebook - on the desktop website that is. I don't receive push notifications either, but I think it's because I turned off Notifications for this list on the site.

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    2. hello,
      i am able to set up mobile push notifications for groups that i am in but i am not able to get mobile push notifications of close friends activity - any idease?

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    3. Hi!
      After a couple of updates, the setting was moved in the mobile app, you can currently find it under Account SettingsNotificationsClose Friends activity.

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  3. Valuable information and excellent design you got here! I would like to thank you for sharing your thoughts and time into the stuff you post!! Thumbs up!

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