How to disable all Facebook apps

Learn how to cut the cord to Facebook apps altogether, giving you more privacy, especially when browsing the Web.

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There are many apps that can tie into your Facebook account. These are not just mobile apps, but also those directly offered on the desktop Web site. This option is for those who are serious about removing apps or Web sites from performing actions associated with their Facebook account.

You may want to take special consideration before you disable all apps, and not just some of them. For instance, if you use Foursquare to post the places you check in to on your Timeline, you won't be able to anymore. And if you use Facebook to log in to services like Spotify, you'll run into issues there, as well. Furthermore, this will also disable access to games on Facebook, like Bejeweled Blitz or Farmville.

If this still sounds like the solution you're looking for, disconnecting from the apps on Facebook is pretty simple. Here's how:

Step 1: You'll need to log in to your Facebook account through a Web browser to complete these steps. If you're on a mobile device, you'll want to request the full version of the site to gain access to the desired menu options.

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Step 2: Click on the menu in the top right-hand corner and select Privacy settings.

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Step 3: Next to Ads, Apps, and Websites, click the Edit Settings link.

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Step 4: In the Apps you use area, click the link that says "Turn off your ability to use apps, plugins, and websites on and off Facebook."

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Step 5: Verify that you want to disconnect from all apps on Facebook by clicking the Turn off Platform button.

Facebook warns that turning off this platform results in the following:

  • You will not be able to log into websites or applications using Facebook.
  • Your friends won't be able to interact and share with you using apps and websites.
  • Instant personalization will also be turned off.

Now you will be free of annoying apps, while also keeping your information safe from Web sites that attempt to collect it while you're logged into Facebook. 

 

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