How to Get Notifications for Facebook Posts Without Commenting

Have you ever noticed people writing “following” in the comments of a Facebook post? They do this so they can get notifications when the post updates, but there’s a much easier and more efficient way to do this–and it’s built right into Facebook.

Granted, writing the word “following” as your comment does achieve its purpose, but it also means that everyone else who wants to also follow a post’s progress usually ends up writing it too. The result is you end up getting notifications for all the “following” comments, making it just more detritus you have to sift through to get to the pertinent information.

Instead of taking the time and effort to write a comment just so you can receive update notifications, you can use a feature that has been part of Facebook for ages. Go to any Facebook post (it doesn’t matter if it’s in a group, on a friend’s timeline, or in your feed), and click the small arrow in the upper-right corner. From that group of options, choose “Turn on notifications for this post”. You’ll get notifications anytime someone comments, even if you never did.

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You can also use this feature to stop receiving notifications on any post, including one you’ve commented on.