How To: Hide Stories in Your Facebook Feed on iPhone or Android

Hide Stories in Your Facebook Feed on iPhone or Android

When Facebook introduced Stories in 2017, many users despised the Snapchat-like feature on their main page. However, despite the outcry, Facebook doesn't plan to let you remove it. But you don't have to settle for this. With the help of some third-party apps, you no longer have to deal with Stories.

Using one of two third-party apps, you can better manage your Facebook account even when the main app offers limited controls. Both apps (a different app for each mobile operating system) make hiding the Stories feature pretty simple, removing many headaches you may experience looking through the main Facebook application.

Download Swipe for Android or Friendly for iOS

While the default app doesn't include native support for removing Stories, you can use a third-party client. If you're using an iPhone, you can install Friendly for Facebook, while Android users can use Swipe for Facebook. Both apps are available at the links below.

Note that Swipe for Facebook was removed from the Google Play Store in 2021 after Facebook sent a cease-and-desist letter, but its last known version is still available in APK form, which you can sideload.

Method 1: Disable Stories on Friendly (iOS)

Because we are dealing with two different apps, the steps vary depending on which you are using. Since we listed Friendly for Facebook first, we'll start with that app.

Open the app and select the gear icon in the upper-right corner of the main page. Choose "Filters" and enable the toggle next to "Hide Stories" to prevent Stories from appearing.

Method 2: Disable Stories on Swipe (Android)

If you are using an Android device, open Swipe and select the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner, then choose "Settings." Enable the toggle next to "Hide Facebook Stories" to remove Stories from your feed.

Either way you go, you'll gain several other features by installing a third-party Facebook client. Both apps use far fewer resources than the bulky, official Facebook app, and they offer plenty of additional options, so make sure to poke around in the settings menus for more goodies.

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Cover image and screenshots by Jon Knight/Gadget Hacks

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