How to stop Facebook from tracking you on web browser and Android


Are you tired and probably worried about the privacy invasion that Facebook does? Do you want to stop Facebook from tracking you across the web and personalizing the ads you see on its platform? Read this article to know exactly how to block Facebook from collecting and using your Facebook data for advertising.

No doubt Facebook is one of the most popular social media channels in the world. People use it to spend their free time browsing the feeds and looking at the memes. Whereas Advertisers use it to market their products to their specific targeted audience.

Facebook Ads allows users to create custom Ads and publish it. By doing so one can market their product, services or company with the cheapest cost possible. This is because Facebook knows everything about you.

It has complete data of your interests and hobbies. It also knows what type of product you are interested in. This helps the Advertisers to reach to you to sell their products. Because for them, you're a potential customer.

But sometimes it becomes so annoying when a lot of Facebook Ads keep coming over your feed. If you're too struggling from this problem, here I'm to help you out. Today in this guide, I'm going to teach you How to stop facebook from tracking you and your web browser so that you'll never ever be annoyed with those FB Ads again on your phone's screen. Are you excited enough to know about it? Keep reading.

How to Stop Facebook from Tracking you on Browsers and Smartphones


There are numerous ways you can't even think of where Facebook is tracking you at real-time. Try this, go to Amazon, search for any product and add it to the cart. Next, close the page, you'll be shocked to know Facebook will be showing you that products ads.

Because here you've become a potential customer of that product. So they try to sell it to you with the help of Facebook. What does it mean? Facebook is tracking you on your web browsers too.

If you're an Android smartphone user and have installed the Facebook application. Then Facebook has even more access to your information. That means it can be used to show you ads and sell your products.

Block Facebook Ads on Website


As I said before, Facebook has access to all the activities you do on your PC or on your Phone. If you don't want to be shown those annoying ads, again and again, you need to do some settings. So if you want to keep surfing your favorite sites and don't want Facebook to stalk over you, here's all you need to do. I'll be guiding you through step by step process.

Let's begin with the PC users, open your web browser on your computer. Make sure you've logged into your Facebook account.
  • Once you Log-in, it directly opens the Home section.
  • At the top right corner, you'll see a drop-down menu button, tap on it.
  • Open the Settings, here you need to do the changes.
  • Facebook Settings Menu
  • Search for Ads in the left pane and open it.
  • Facebook Settings Ads
  • Expand the Advertisers and businesses section.
  • Facebook Advertisers
  • Go to the second section called "Whose website or app you've used".
  • Here it opens a list of websites you've ever visited and done activities.
  • Move your mouse cursor over the websites and a remove option comes on the screen.
  • Tap on the Close button to remove all of the websites you don't wish to see ads from.
  • I'll suggest removing all of them, as you completely want to use Facebook Ad Free.

No, you're not done yet, you need to do a few more changes, take a look at the below step-by-step procedure.
  • Scroll down a little and you'll see Ad settings.
  • Choose Not Allowed for Ads based on data from partners.
  • Facebook ad settings
  • Do the same for Ads based on your activity on Facebook Company Products that you see elsewhere.
  • Congrats you're done!

This is it. I hope you won't be annoyed again with the Ads on your Facebook feed. If you use the Facebook app on your smartphone, we have a solution for that too.

Block Facebook Ads on Smartphone


See it's all the same, you can do the same settings on the official Facebook app. If you do not have a laptop or a computer, let's see how can you change the settings on your smartphone with the help of Facebook App.
  • Open the Facebook App and login to your personal Facebook account.
  • Go to the options tab available on the right side.
  • Consider it as that drop-down menu and search for settings.
  • Facebook Settings on app
  • Open settings and now here look for Ad preferences.
  • Facebook app ad settings
  • Open the Advertisers settings and open the second section Advertisers who you've visited.
  • Facebook ad preferences
  • Delete all of them from the list.
  • Next, search for the Ad Settings.
  • Facebook app advertisers
  • Change "Not Allowed" for the upper two settings.

So it was all the same but here you learned how can you do it using the Facebook Application. This works for both Android and iOS users. No need to worry about it.

After changing these settings, you can expect to be free from the Ads you see on Facebook. But as Facebook has all of your data including your Name, Age, City. It can be used to sell your products as they want to sell products for that particular city, that particular age group.

That means you need to turn off your personal info for Facebook Ads. To do that again you have to go to the Ad preferences and open Your information section.

Here you have to toggle all of them off including Relationship status, Employer, Job Title, Education, etc. Switch to Your Categories and you can turn off all of them too.

Change Facebook Ad Interests


Facebook analyzes all the activities you do on their platform. For e.g; what pages you like, what posts you like, what are you interested in. So whatever you see on your Facebook feed is an average of all the things you're interested in.

It includes tech, entertainment, science, information, etc. So after doing all the changes till yet, still if you see Ads on Facebook. It is because of all of the Ad Interests. Again head over to your Facebook Account and proceed with the following.
  • Log in to your personal account.
  • Open settings.
  • Tap on Ads on the browser, Ad Preferences on Facebook App.
  • This time open the Your Interests section.
  • Here is the list of all of your interests that Facebook knows.
  • From here you can remove the unwanted topics that you do not want to see ads related to.
  • Once you're done you won't get ads from those categories onwards.

Disable Facebook Ad Topics Completely


So till now, you learned how to delete all the data that Facebook knows and uses to show ads to you. But once you again use Facebook, it again collects data and it will use it further to show you relevant ads related to your activities.

But here Facebook gives an awesome option to completely remove Facebook Ad Topics. There are a lot of topics that people don't want to see but still, they are shown. You can remove or turn off those Ad Topics to block Facebook from showing you ads related to those topics.

Again, to do that follow our below steps.
  • Log-in to your Facebook account.
  • Go to Settings.
  • Click on Ads.
  • Search for Hide Ad Topics.
  • Hide topic related ads
  • Here you can select or deselect the Ad Topics you want as per your choice.
  • You can also select the duration for which you want these settings to take place.
  • Also, if there's some topic you don't want to be shown and isn't listed there.
  • You can just suggest that topic to Facebook.
  • After you're done all of the settings, you're free to use Facebook.

Conclusion


After doing all the above-mentioned changes to your Facebook Account, you can expect not to see more unwanted Ads on your Facebook screen. So if you use Amazon frequently, you can remove it from the site lists.

By doing so, you'll not be able to see Ads from Amazon. Also, I told you to do changes to your Ad Interests to remove your unwanted Interests and topics that Facebook knows. At last, I covered how you can turn off or hide some ad topics completely from your Facebook Account.

I hope that all this works well for you. If you find this article helpful, share it with your friends, thanks for reading.


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