After suggesting last year, Facebook is finally giving its users the opportunity to hide certain tabs from the upper hub bar, as well as an option to turn off the message points. The new feature, called Shortcut Settings, is gradually rolling out to Android users in the coming weeks.
When Facebook initially announced the personalization benefits of the navigation bar last year, they sound useful. In theory, the app was intended to analyze your behavior and only show relevant and useful tabs – at least four (News, Messages, Menu, Watch) to a maximum of six. In reality, the bar was often used as a placeholder for Facebook to market its own features as Marketplace. It aggravates that the constant presence of the red dot often led people's attention away from their personal messages and toward time-wasting group flows and event wall posts.
With the new shortcut field setting option, you can now get rid of most tabs, such as News, Today in, Events, Groups, Profile, Friend Requests, Games, Dating, Watch and Marketplace. Alternatively you can choose to keep the tabs but only silence the message points.
Removing tabs from the shortcut bar or turning off only the message points is simple: touch and hold a shortcut object and then make a choice when a menu pops up as in the screenshot above. Alternatively, you can press the three-row More icon, Settings & Privacy> Settings> Shortcuts menu and turn off the tabs from there.
In response to TechCrunch's investigation, Facebook said this feature should complete rolling out to all Android users in the coming weeks.