How To Delete Facebook Shortcuts

Facebook shortcuts are there for noble reasons: to enhance your user experience and make navigation quick and convenient. With a single tap, you can navigate to different areas of Facebook without having to scroll or click through pages.

How To Delete Facebook Shortcuts

However efficient they may be, you might find that Facebook shortcuts clutter up your screen. Or perhaps you find yourself too often accidentally pressing on a shortcut and ending up where you never wanted to go in the first place.

Whatever reason you may have, you can get rid of most of the Facebook shortcuts (you can’t remove “Home,” “Notifications,” and “Menu”). Keep on reading to find out just how to do it depending on the devices you’re using.

How to Delete Facebook Shortcuts on an iPhone

When you open Facebook from your iPhone, you will find the shortcut bar at the bottom of your screen. Here’s the quickest way to remove a shortcut:

  1. Long-press on the shortcut you want to delete.
  2. Tap on the “Hide from shortcut bar” option.
  3. A temporary box will appear at the very bottom confirming the change you just made. You can click on “Settings” from it if you wish to reverse it.

If you want to further customize your shortcuts and remove all of them quicker, you can do so by following the below steps:

  1. Tap on the three horizontal lines in the upper right corner.
  2. Tap on “Settings & Privacy.” This is sometimes also a cog icon near the top.
  3. Choose “Settings.”
  4. Under “Preferences,” tap on “Shortcuts.”
  5. Select “Shortcut bar.”
  6. The shortcuts that are active and can be changed will show with a dropdown menu to the right that says Pinned.
  7. Click on the dropdown menu of the shortcut you wish to delete.
  8. Change from “Pin” to “Hide.”

How to Delete Facebook Shortcuts on an Android Device

If you’re using an Android device, the steps you have to follow to delete the Facebook shortcuts are identical to when using an iPhone. The only difference is that on an Android, the Facebook shortcuts bar is located at the top of your screen.

To delete a shortcut by long-pressing:

  1. Long-press the shortcut you want to delete.
  2. In the pop-up menu, tap on the “Hide from the shortcut bar” option.
  3. You will get a temporary box at the bottom confirming your changes with a link to “Settings.” If you follow the link, you can reverse the step and bring back your shortcut.

Alternatively, you can remove any shortcut from the bar by going through the settings page as such:

  1. Tap on the three horizontal lines in the upper right corner.
  2. Scroll and tap on “Settings & Privacy” or use the cog icon.
  3. Choose “Settings.”
  4. Tap on “Shortcuts.”
  5. Select “Shortcut bar.”
  6. Here you will find a list with all removable shortcuts and a drop-down box to the right of them. The shortcuts that are set on “Pinned”are the ones that show on your bar. The ones set to “Auto” will show up depending how you spend time on Facebook.
  7. If you want to delete a particular shortcut, tap on the drop-down menu to the right of it and change it to “Hide – don’t show in your navigation bar.”

How to Delete Facebook Shortcuts on an iPad

Apple made it so that all its devices seamlessly work the same way. As such, to remove shortcuts from the Facebook shortcut bar using an iPad you have to follow the same steps as on an iPhone.

Keep in mind, the Facebook shortcut bar on an iPad will be at the bottom of the screen. To delete a shortcut:

  1. Long-press on the shortcut.
  2. Tap on the “Hide from the shortcut bar” option.

To remove a shortcut from the settings, follow the below steps:

  1. Tap on the menu item in the bottom right corner (three horizontal lines).
  2. Select “Profile Settings.”
  3. Go to “Shortcut bar.”
  4. Each shortcut has a drop-down menu to the right. Tap on the menu of the shortcut you wish to delete, and select the option “Hide – don’t show in your navigation bar”

How to Delete Facebook Shortcuts on a PC

For those of you using Facebook from a PC, things might look a bit different. You still have your Facebook shortcut bar at the top, however you cannot simply tap on a shortcut to remove it.

Instead, if you want to delete Facebook shortcuts from a PC, follow the below steps:

  1. Open Facebook.
  2. To your left you will have a navigation menu with Home, Your Profile, Friends, Groups.
  3. Hover your mouse over the Your Shortcut then Click the “Edit” on the right side.
  4. Search for a group/page/game.
  5. Select “Hide”.
  6. Click the “Save” button.


Are the Facebook shortcuts there by default?

Yes, all users have the Facebook shortcut bar. However, users have different shortcuts on the bar depending how they spend their time on the platform. These are the shortcuts that are set to “Auto” under the settings page.

If I delete a Facebook shortcut, is it gone for good?

No, this is one of the reasons you don’t even have an option to delete a shortcut, only to hide it. It is as easy to make a shortcut appear again as it is to make it go away.

Why would I want to delete the Facebook shortcuts?

This is a matter of preference. Some users find their screen is too clogged up or they accidentally press on shortcuts when they don’t want to. For this reason, they prefer to get rid of them altogether. Keep in mind that since you can’t delete the main navigation shortcuts, the bar will never disappear.

Cutting It Short

Facebook has many features that it keeps updating in order to make life easy and simple for its users. The Facebook shortcut bar is such a feature, aimed at making user navigation quick and effective.

But if it’s not to your liking, you can always delete the Facebook shortcuts by following the steps mentioned in this article depending on the device you’re using. Once you delete a shortcut, you can always bring it back so don’t feel like it’s a once and for all process.

Don’t hesitate to leave a comment below if you have any questions about deleting the Facebook shortcuts.

One thought on “How To Delete Facebook Shortcuts”

Kayla Williams says:
I cannot find my Facebook dating shortcut. I deactivated my dating profile about a month ago to take a break but now I cannot find the shortcut at all. It’s not in hidden. It is not there. I have reinstalled the fb app, cleared cache, restarted phone, checked that fb app was up to date, everything Google has suggested, my dating shortcut is nowhere to be found. Please help me add or back!!

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