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Facebook is introducing a brand new possibility that may let you customise the shortcut bar, and eradicate the pink notification dots that pop up inside the app. This will likely be welcome information if you discover they seem seemingly at random, and regularly unhelpfully. Did you need to find out about new additions to the Marketplace? No, we thought not.

The Shortcut Bar Settings function is rolling out now for iOS customers. It lets you take management not solely of notification dots, but in addition the icons that seem in the shortcut bar at the backside of the display in the app.

This is nice information if you solely use a restricted vary of Facebook’s options. After all, if you by no means use the Marketplace, there’s little level in litter up the display with a everlasting shortcut to it.

Speaking to TechCrunch, a Facebook spokesperson stated: “We are rolling out navigation bar controls to make it easier for people to connect with the things they like and control the notifications they get within the Facebook app”.

To entry the newly launched choices, you simply must faucet and maintain any of the buttons in the shortcut bar. A pop-up menu will seem from which you can choose to disable notification dots, cover the button you tapped, or entry a extra superior Shortcut Bat settings display.

What about Android?

For now, the new customisation choices are solely out there in the iOS model of the Facebook app. While it’s fairly widespread for Facebook to convey new options to the iOS and Android model of the app at completely different instances, in the finish each have a tendency to finish up with the similar choices. That stated, there can typically be one thing of a delay between the arrival of a specific function on one platform and its look on the different.

It would have been shocking if such wanted choices had been removed from arriving on Android. Indeed, Facebook has confirmed to TechCrunch that Android customers can anticipate to see notification dot and shortcut bar customisation possibility “in the next few weeks”. Watch this area for extra particulars.

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