How to Turn Facebook Email Notifications Back On

If you’re like me, I don’t remember or have time to check Facebook after I post to see if people comment or like my post. I used to get email notifications when someone commented on a post and ever since the new Facebook updates a couple of weeks ago, I have missed knowing when people replied to something I said or posted on my wall.

Facebook has disabled automatic emailing of updates like this, but there’s a simple way you can turn it back on so you don’t miss anything that anyone responds to. I’ll walk you through turning your email notifications back on step-by-step.

First, click the arrow next to the home link in the upper right hand corner of your page. Then, click “Account Settings”

Once the Account Settings Page loads, click “Notifications” on the left hand menu.


Once the Notifications Settings page loads, UN-check the “Email Frequency” box. If this is checked, Facebook will only send email notifications for things it deems important (whatever that may be) and summaries. Since this feature was added, I stopped receiving email notifications all together. Un-checking this box allows you to select your email notification preferences for each type of activity.

Scroll down the page to “All Notifications”. Here you will see all of the different things you canĀ receiveĀ an email notification for. Click on each heading to expand a list of notifications to check or uncheck. I added back the Wall Comments so I would receive notification when someone comments on my posts.

Now everything is back to the way I’m expecting it to be!

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  1. Kelly on October 12, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Thank you Kelly! I have already put your valuable tip to use and shared it on my FB page!

    • Anonymous on October 12, 2011 at 12:11 pm

      Thanks for sharing it, Kelly!

  2. Anne Bevan on October 18, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Thank you, Kelly, that was really helpful!

    • Kelly Garrett on October 18, 2011 at 8:35 am

      You’re very welcome! Thanks for the kudos.

  3. Bob Parisi on October 18, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Thanks for the information. I am getting annoying login notifications every time I log into Facebook. How do you disable this feature? Please let me know. Thank you.

    • Kelly Garrett on October 19, 2011 at 10:51 am

      Hi Bob. What kind of notifications? What to they say exactly? I’d have to know what they were and maybe I could figure it out.

  4. Sagaran Jos on November 8, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I was wondering if instead of emails, I could get this notification in my “Notifications” tab!!

  5. jon preece on December 5, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    i would like notifications in facebook, not emails. my email options are greyed out anyway!

  6. Gordon on August 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Now aint facebook nuts to have it grayed out without putting in a balloon to inform you like Kelly did.