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How to stop receiving game invites on Facebook

I couldn't care less about FarmVille or Candy Crush Saga or any other game on Facebook, for that matter. If you're anything like me, I suppose pesky invite notifications for Facebook games have been ticking you off.

But don't worry, you can block those annoying requests with just a few taps. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to stop getting invites for apps and games from Facebook friends, both on the web and in the app.

Delayd lets you schedule text messages, social media posts, & more

When you have lots of Birthdays and holidays coming up and you want to wish all your friends and family the best, it can be hard to keep track of these dates on a day-to-day basis.

Fortunately, a useful utility app called Delayd is available for free in the iOS App Store that will allow you to schedule messages to your loved ones so you don't have to remember to send those special messages when the day finally comes.

In this piece, we'll talk about how Delayd works and show you how you can use it to schedule messages to people, but keep in mind the app can also be used for scheduling emails, Facebook posts, and Tweets in addition to SMS messages.

How to save videos from your Facebook News Feed

It's super easy to save photos that have been shared on Facebook to your computer, but for whatever reason, Facebook seems to be lacking the ability to save videos that are shared by your friends and appear in your News Feed.

Despite the common misconception that you need a fancy web browser plugin or third-party software to download videos from your Facebook News Feed, this simply isn't the case. In this step-by-step tutorial, we'll show you how you can save videos from Facebook that appear in your News Feed to your computer.

How to keep apps, games and websites from spamming your Facebook Timeline

One of the biggest challenges Facebook users face in their daily usage of the service involves keeping apps, games and websites that connect to Facebook as a sign-in mechanism from posting random updates, unwanted stores, ad links and other garbage on their Timeline.

For most people, this constitutes spamming because not only do these posts appear on your own Timeline, but also in your friends' News Feed and ticker.

Unfortunately, too few people are aware that they can easily squelch this spammy behavior with just a few clicks. In this tutorial, we're going to show you the tools Facebook put at your disposal which were designed to stop apps from posting updates on your behalf.

How to disable video autoplay on Facebook

Are you annoyed by the fact that videos in Facebook's desktop interface play automatically when you scroll through your News Feed? Autoplay videos are nice until they are not: they consume system resources, use a large amount of bandwidth and can be quite distracting.

And to some people like this author, autoplaying content constitutes a bad user experience. Facebook defaults to having videos play automatically in the News Feed because of advertisers: a video counts as a view if it plays in your News Feed for more than three seconds.

But what's good for advertisers usually is not for end users. In this tutorial, we're going to teach you how to switch a toggle to disable autoplay on Facebook for videos you see as you scroll through your News Feed.

Hide Facebook Messenger notification previews from the Lock screen for more privacy

Facebook Messenger is among one of the most popular third-party cross-platform messaging services available on the internet today; Almost everybody with a Facebook account uses it, whether they want to admit it or not.

Recently, we showed you how you could hide notification previews from the Lock screen for the Messages and Mail apps, but in this tutorial, we'll be showing you how to do the same thing with messages coming in from Facebook Messenger on your iOS devices.

How to download Facebook photos and videos

If you've been on Facebook for a few years now, chances are you've shared a bunch of photos and videos with your friends and family thus far, many of which might no longer be stored on your iOS device or Mac.

Unfortunately, Facebook doesn't make things any easier by not providing a straightforward way to download the photos and videos users have uploaded to the service.

But worry not, our loyal fans, the iDownloadBlog tutorial series comes to the rescue. In this detailed tutorial, you will learn about five different techniques that will help you download Facebook photos and videos onto your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac without too much hassle.

How to download the entire archive of your Facebook account

If you're considering closing your Facebook account and leaving the service, you should store on your computer copies of the photos, videos, status updates, wall posts and other content you've published on Facebook thus far. Thankfully, this can be easily done by downloading your entire Facebook data as a ZIP file.

This gives you a permanent copy of a lot of the same information available to you in your Facebook account.

This includes stuff like your Timeline info, posts you have shared, messages, photos and more, as well as data you did not create yourself such as the ads you have clicked on, logged IP addresses and what not.

This step-by-step tutorial will guide you through the process of downloading an archive of your Facebook information to a computer, and exploring its contents.

How to make a profile video in Facebook’s iOS app

Facebook recently began allowing users to set a short video as their profile picture on the service. Users can now take or upload a video of up to seven seconds to use as their profile video. These profile videos appear at the top of your profile, just like static profile pictures, but you can currently add a profile video only from the iPhone.

If you feel your Facebook profile is too static, here's how to spice it up with a profile video in Facebook's iOS app.

How to disable Location History on Facebook to extend iPhone battery life

Yesterday, Facebook issued an update to its main iOS client to help extend your iPhone's battery life by preventing it from playing audio silently in the background.

File the move under the 'too little, too late' drawer: if history is anything to go by, waiting for Facebook engineers to deliver a fully battery-friendly iOS app might be a fool's errand.

The biggest contributor to Facebook's infamous battery drain has got to be the app's continuous monitoring of your location, which continues after leaving the app. In this tutorial, we'll teach you how to prevent this by disabling a feature called Location History, thereby helping reclaim some of the juice lost to the battery-hogging app.