How to Turn Off Reels on Facebook

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How to Turn Off Reels on Facebook

While Reels on Facebook can be fun to watch and bring you laughs, they can also be very annoying and take over your entire Facebook feed. If you want to turn off your Reels of Facebook, you can quickly do so.

How to Turn Off Reels on Facebook

If you are using the Facebook app, follow these steps.

1. Open up Facebook on your device.

2. Now, click on the Menu in the lower right corner.

3. Then, select Settings and Privacy.

4. Now, go to Settings.

5. Scroll down until you see Audience and Visibility.

6. Click Reels.

7. Disable the toggle for Recommend on Facebook.

Now that you have finished these steps, Facebook will stop including suggested Reels in your timeline. You will still see any that your friends share on Facebook or posted by them. If you notice that certain friends are constantly sharing and posting Reels, you can follow these steps to see fewer posts from them, so you do not see as many Reels.

1. On your feed, find someone who posts too many reels. Make sure the post you are using for this process is a Reel.

2. Then, click on the three dots in the upper right corner of their post.

3. From the drop-down menu, click on Hide Post.

4. This will affect the algorithm to show you fewer Reels on your account.

There is no way to eliminate Reels entirely, but following these steps will help limit the number of Reels you see on your Facebook feed.

How to Turn Off Reels on Facebook Desktop

If you are using facebook.com instead of the app, turning off Reels will require some different steps. Follow these instead.

1. Open up Facebook on your desktop.

2. Now, click on your Profile in the upper right corner.

3. Then, select Settings and Privacy.

4. Now, go to Settings.

5. Select General from the list on the left.

6. Click Reels.

7. Disable the toggle for Recommend on Facebook.

Now that you have finished these steps, Facebook will stop including suggested Reels in your timeline. You will still see any that your friends share on Facebook or posted by them.

If you notice that certain friends are constantly sharing and posting Reels, you can follow these steps to see fewer posts from them, so you do not see as many Reels.

1. On your feed, find someone who posts too many reels. Make sure the post you are using for this process is a Reel.

2. Then, click on the three dots in the upper right corner of their post.

3. From the drop-down menu, click on Hide Post.

4. This will affect the algorithm to show you fewer Reels on your account.

There is no way to eliminate Reels entirely, but following these steps will help limit the number of Reels you see on your Facebook feed.

How to Unhide Reels on Facebook

If you decided to go through and limit the number of Reels shown on your profile, you can easily do this. All you have to do is undo what you previously did. If you use the Facebook app, follow these steps.

1. Open up Facebook on your device.

2. Now, click on the Menu in the lower right corner.

3. Then, select Settings and Privacy.

4. Now, go to Settings.

5. Scroll down until you see Audience and Visibility.

6. Click Reels.

7. Turn on the toggle for Recommend on Facebook.

If you are using facebook.com on a desktop, follow these steps.

  1. Open up Facebook on your desktop.
  2. Now, click on your Profile in the upper right corner.
  3. Then, select Settings and Privacy.
  4. Now, go to Settings.
  5. Select General from the list on the left.
  6. Click Reels.

7. Turn on the toggle for Recommend on Facebook.

Now that you have enabled Reels to appear on your Facebook feed, you will notice that plenty start to pop up. If you still feel like you do not see enough Reels on your feed, you need to interact more with the ones that are.

Like and comment on all the Reels on your feed. You can also share them if you want. Doing this will affect the algorithm, so more Reels appear on your feed.

How to Disable Audio Playing Reels on Facebook

You might enjoy watching Reels but get annoyed with the sound playing when you watch them. Thankfully, there is a way to change the setting, so the sound is disabled when you first watch a Reel. If you use the Facebook app, follow these steps.

1. Open up Facebook on your device.

2. Now, click on the Menu in the lower right corner.

3. Then, select Settings and Privacy.

4. Now, go to Settings.

5. Scroll down until you see Preferences.

6. Click Media.

7. Go to AutoPlay.

8. Turn on the toggle for Recommend on Facebook.

If you are using facebook.com on a desktop, follow these steps.

1. Open up Facebook on your desktop.

2. Now, click on your Profile in the upper right corner.

3. Then, select Settings and Privacy.

4. Now, go to Settings.

5. Select General from the list on the left.

6. Click on Preferences

7. Click Media.

8. Go to AutoPlay

9. Turn off the toggle for Start Video with Sound.

Now, the Reels you watch will not have any sound. If you are watching one, and want to hear the sound, click on the audio button shown on each video. Once you tap it, you will hear the sound of the Reel. Then, if you want to mute the Reel again, tap the audio button again.

How to Remove Your Own Facebook Reels

If you have posted or shared Reels on Facebook, you can remove them if you wish to. To do this, you will have to delete your post. Follow these steps if your use the Facebook app.

1. Open up Facebook on your device.

2. Now, click on the Menu in the lower right corner.

3. Click on your name at the top to access your Profile.

4. Select Manage Posts.

5. Scroll through your posts and click the box to the right of any Reels.

6. Once you have gone through them all, click Next.

7. Tap on Delete.

Doing this will remove the Reels you have posted on your profile. If you use facebook.com on a desktop, follow these steps.

1. Open up Facebook on your desktop.

2. Now, click on your Profile in the upper right corner.

3. Click on your name.

4. From the top of your screen, click on Reels.

5. Click on Your Reels.

6. There will be a pencil in the upper right corner of every Reel. Click on this pencil.

7. From the drop-down menu, select Delete.

8. If you shared on Reels, you must go through your Posts.

9. Then, click on the three dots in the upper right corner of your share.

10. From the drop-down menu, select Delete.

Once you do this, anything you have deleted that you posted is gone. You have to repost your Reel for it to be back on Facebook.

I’m Still Seeing Reels on Facebook? Try These Fixes

1. Use Facebook.com

One possible fix you can try is to use facebook.com if you were using the app and vice versa. One version may be working better than the other.

If you use the app, try to follow the steps for removing Reels on facebook.com instead. Then, if you are already using facebook.com, download the app to see if you can remove reels this way.

2. Clear Cache

You can also clear cache in your Facebook app, which erases any data saved onto the app and is no longer needed by you or by Facebook. Doing this is another way you can try to get Reels to be removed from your feed. Thankfully, it takes only a couple of minutes. Follow these steps to do just that.

1. On the device that you are using that is having problems with the Facebook app, 
open up Settings.

2. Next, within Settings, go to the page where all your apps are located.

3. Once on your app’s page, scroll until you find the Facebook app and select 
 it.

4. You will now see a button that says Clear Cache, and click on it.

Now that you have cleared the cache on your Facebook app exit out of the app and then reopen it. Hopefully, you can get back to removing Reels from your feed.

If clearing the cache was the solution that worked for you, you should be able to remove Reels from your feed. Remember how to clear the cache for all of your apps, as this is a convenient solution to various problems you could encounter on any device.

3. Update the App

Another reason Facebook might fail to properly rid your feed of Reels is that you need to update the app. Having so many people use an app will create demands for newer features and content and allow app creators to learn about little fixes they need to make to the app.

If this has been done and an updated version of Facebook is available, you might be having these issues because you need an update. To do this, follow these steps.

1. First, you must go to the app store on your device, Facebook.

2. Next, find the update section.

3. If Facebook has fixed this bug through an update, you will see the app waiting in the update section and download the update. You can also select a setting here that will atomically update apps for you as they are released.

This way, Facebook is no longer outdated, and you can get back to being able to stop seeing Reels on your feed properly. However, there is also a chance that Facebook does not need an update.

If you go to the app store, then the update section, and notice that Facebook is not listed there, this means your Facebook app is up to date. Something else is causing your issue of not being able to remove Reels from your feed.

4. Reinstall the App

If all else is still not working and you want to be able to rid your timeline of any Reels, you can also try reinstalling the app from your device. To do so, follow these steps.

1. First, delete the app from your phone, tablet, or any other device you are using Facebook on.

2. Then head to the app store and reinstall Facebook.

3. You will then have to log back into your Facebook account, and now, you can 
 potentially remove Reels from being on your feed.

Also, if you are afraid to log out due to forgetting your password, you can easily send a reset link to the email associated with your account and get logged back in.

Once you have deleted and reinstalled Facebook, this may be the solution you need to overcome the bug causing your issues with removing Reels from your feed.

5. Contact Facebook

Your final Hail Mary is to contact Facebook directly when all else has failed you. Doing this will alert Facebook of your issues with not being able to remove Reels from your timeline.

The workers there might have more options for helping you, as well as have the ability to better look at why this issue is occurring to you. You can do this on the app or the website. If you use the app, follow these steps.

1. Through the app, click on the three lines in the bottom right corner and scroll down until you see Help and Support.

2. Select that option, and Help Center will appear in the dropdown menu.

3. You can search for something similar to “I cannot remove Reels from my Facebook feed” in the search box, and Facebook will give you various helpful options.

If you are not on the app and instead use the website Facebook.com, follow 
 these steps.

1. On the website, you click the arrow in the upper right corner.

2. Select Help and Support.

3. Then choose the Help Center and type in the same thing from the app.

If this is still not solving your problem, you can select Report a Problem in both the app and the website instead of Help Center and then pick Something Went Wrong.

You can then type in the problem of your inability to remove Reels from your Facebook feed, and Facebook will be able to help you directly. This will hopefully allow you to finally remove Reels from your timeline on Facebook.

If a bug is the cause of your issues or Facebook is just experiencing a shutdown, which is why you cannot remove the Reels from your timeline, the only option you have is to sit back and wait for Facebook or Messenger personnel to solve the issue.

6. Check If Facebook is Down

You may remember a dark time in 2021 when Facebook was shut down for almost seven hours. It wasn’t enjoyable, and we hope the app is never down for that long again. It even caused economic problems for businesses and companies that rely on social media for customers.

Regardless, if the Facebook system is at fault for your inability to remove Reels from your feed, only Facebook can fix it, so you will have to wait until they can do just that. One way to check if it is genuinely on Facebook is to go to DownDetetector.com. Once there, type Facebook into the search bar.

If you went to DownDetector.com and learned that the Facebook server is down and no longer working, the only way to solve this is to wait for the server to come back online.

This problem is on Facebook’s end, which means there is nothing you can personally fix to solve your posting problems. The only solution available to you is to wait until workers can get the server functioning and online again.

However, in the meantime, you can keep checking DownDetector.com and refreshing Facebook’s status to react as soon as the server is back up and remove those pesky Reels from your Facebook feed.

7. Log Out and Log In

Another quick and easy solution if Facebook is not letting you remove the Reels on your timeline is by logging out.

After you log out, log back in. This will hopefully overcome the bug causing you to be unable to remove the Reels that are posted to your feed. If you use the app, follow these steps to log out.

1. To do so on the app, click on the three lines in the bottom right corner and then scroll all the way down.

2. At the very bottom, there will be an option saying Log Out.

3. Just click that, and you are officially logged out.

If you use the website, instead follow these steps to log out.

1. For the website, tap the arrow in the top right corner.

2. The last option from the dropdown menu will say Log Out.

3. Once you click that, you are logged out from the website.

Give both the app and the website a few minutes, and then log back in. Hopefully, this will help give your Facebook app or account a quick reset and allow you to remove the Reels that are on your timeline.

Also, if you are afraid to log out due to forgetting your password, you can easily send a reset link to the email associated with your account and get logged back in. Once these steps are complete, see if you can now tag them.

8. Restart Your Device

You can also try restarting your device to fix your issues with Facebook not removing Reels from your feed. If you are using an Android device, follow these steps. While there are quite a few different models of Androids, and most of them have a power button.

If your Android does not have a power button, you must look up how to restart it. You must search “How to Restart [your exact model of Android].”

This will tell you exactly how to restart your phone. Once it is complete, see if this allows you to remove Reels from your feed. If you have a home button, follow these steps to restart your Android.

1. Grab your Android and hold down the Power and Volume Down buttons on your phone for thirty seconds. Hold them at the same time.

2. Your phone screen will turn black, and it should automatically power back on. If it stays black for a long time, hold down the Power and Volume Up buttons simultaneously for at least fifteen seconds or until your phone powers up.

3. Doing this will restart your Android device.

You will not lose any settings or have to do anything else. Doing this is just like 
 turning your phone off but taking it to a higher level.

A restart is a great way to eliminate any bugs affecting your Android and only takes a couple of minutes to complete. If you are using an iPhone, follow these steps instead.

The iPhones have changed through each release, but how you restart has also changed. Each model will be a little different. If your iPhone has a Face ID, meaning you have an iPhone X, Xs, or any model of the 11, 12, or 13, follow these steps.

1. Press and quickly release the volume up button, press and quickly release the volume down button, then press and hold the side button.

2. When the Apple logo appears, release the button.

3. Doing this will Restart your iPhone.

Follow these steps if you use an iPhone 8 or iPhone SE 2nd or 3rd generation.

1. Press and quickly release the volume up button, press and quickly release the volume down button, then press and hold the side button.

2. When the Apple logo appears, release the button.

3. Doing this will Restart your iPhone.

If you use an iPhone 7, follow these steps.

1. Press and hold both the volume down button and the Sleep/Wake button at the same time.

2. When the Apple logo appears, release both buttons.

3. Doing this will Restart your iPhone.

If you use an iPhone 6, or iPhone SE 1st generation, follow these steps.

1. Press and hold both the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time.

2. When the Apple logo appears, release both buttons.

3. Doing this will Restart your iPhone.

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.

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