Facebook notifications are great when you’re chatting with friends or want to know who’s admiring your holiday snaps, but can be very annoying when a throw-away comment you’ve made on someone else’s photo leads to a torrent of alerts as friends of friends add their own irrelevant remarks.

It’s especially annoying on smartphones when every ‘ding’ prompts a disappointing glance at the screen. Fortunately, you can easily put a stop to notifications before they happen. Here’s how…

Turn off Facebook notifications for a post on a PC

Go to the post that you are receiving notifications for and find the small downward-pointing arrow to the right.

Stop unwanted Facebook notifications

Click it and select Turn off notifications for this post.

Stop unwanted Facebook notifications

Notifications should stop appearing from then.

[Read more: How to manage your Facebook friends]

Turn off Facebook notifications for a post on a smartphone

Whether you’re using an Android or iOS phone, the steps are the same.

Open the post that you are receiving notifications for and tap the three-dot symbol on Android or a downward-pointing arrow on iOS.

Select Turn off Notifications for this Post.

Stop unwanted Facebook notifications

If you’re struggling with a cluttered News Feed on Facebook, there are other settings you can change to clean it up. Find out more here.