How to disable Facebook Subscribe in Subscriptions [step-by-step]

Facebook - Subscribe

To disable Facebook Subscribe in Subscriptions there is not a trick or a hack that you have to do, for this one there is actually a profile setting that just need to be configured, and in this step-by-step how-to you’ll learn how.

Facebook has recently surprised everyone with many new changes, one of those changes was the introduction of a new feature called Subscriptions, that allows users to subscribe to other users feeds while allowing others to see who you are following;  basically functions like Twitter. This feature is more like… I know you, but I don’t want to be BFF or I don’t need to be friend with everyone to promote what I do.

Note: Subscriptions is now part of your Facebook profile, you cannot disable this feature all together, what Facebook allows you to do is to stop people from subscribing to your public updates.

Now privacy is a concern to everyone and it should be, so if you decide that you don’t want people to be able to subscribe — “follow” — to your public updates, you can “disable Subscriptions”, that way nobody will be able to subscribe and peek at your updates.

To disable Facebook Subscribe in Subscriptions follow these steps:

1.  Head over your Facebook profile and sign in, under your profile picture, click on Subscribers, and click Edit Settings.

Disable Facebook Subscriptions

2.  Now the Edit Subscribe Settings box is going to appear with all the options you can configure.

Facebook Subscribe settings

In Subscribers, change the option to Off, that way nobody will be able to subscribe to your public updates, which also is going to disable Comments and Notifications. And finally you can also select Friend Requests, to limit who is allowed to subscribe — this will reduce the spam when you have the feature turned On.

Things you need to know about Facebook Subscription — Q&A 

  • Why do all my friends have a ‘Subscribed’ button?

You’ve always been subscribed to your friends. With the Subscribe button, you can choose which of their updates you get.

  • Why don’t all profiles have a Subscribe button?

Only people who allow subscribers will have a Subscribe button on their profile. If you don’t see the button, you can’t subscribe.

  • How do people subscribe to my updates?

After you allow subscribers, a Subscribe button will show up on your profile. Your public updates will appear in people’s News Feeds once they click this button.

  • If I allow subscribers, what updates will they see?

Subscribers can see only the things you share publicly. They can also choose how many and what types of these public updates they get.

Unsubscribe someone instead

If instead of removing Facebook Subscribe from your profile, you just want to unsubscribe someone, you can easily go to your homepage find the person and on the left, click the down-arrow button and click Unsubscribe from “name”. Other way would be to just do a search for the person, go to their profile page and click Subscribed on the right and select the option Unsubscribe from the drop-down menu — from these menus you can also configure what to subscribe to, for example, you like to read someone’s updates, but you don’t want to see their photos. And a third way (the easiest is always left for the end!) you can go to your homepage, under your picture profile, click Subscriptions, there will be a list of everyone you are subscribed to, now just hover over Subscribed and select Unsubscribe.

Facebook Unsubscribe

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me.