Facebook SMS Notifications Explained

Photo of author

By Victor Ashiedu


This Itechguide explains SMS on Facebook.

What is SMS on Facebook

SMS on Facebook is a notification receipt option that allows Facebook to send you text messages about your Facebook activities. Other notification options are Browser and Email.

When you setup Facebook notification, you can choose one of the 3 methods to receive notification – Browser, Email or SMS. You will also be able to determine the types of notifications you wish to receive.

Specifically, for SMS you have two notification options – “Only about your account” or “Suggested”. More on this in section 3 of this Itechguide.

How SMS on Facebook Works

  1. Add a phone number to your Facebook account – see Add Phone Number to Your Facebook Account.
  2. Setup notification and select SMS as an option to receive notifications – see Turn on SMS on Facebook.
  3. On Facebook Notification settings, click SMS. Then, select one of the options – “Only about your account” or “Suggested”

Facebook SMS Notification Options Explained

Point 3 in the last section mentioned 2 options you can select when you setup SMS on Facebook. This section describes the 2 options in details.

“Only about your account” Notifications

If you select this option, Facebook will send you text messages about your Facebook account. You will also receive text messages about your account’s privacy and security. This option limits the number of SMS messages you receive from Facebook.

For your account’s security, you may receive text message notifications for logins to your account from new locations or devices. You may also receive notifications when your Facebook password is changed.

“Suggested” Notifications

This is the second SMS notification you can select. If you select this option, you will receive a lot more text message notifications from Facebook.

According to Facebook, if you select this option, Facebook will send text message notifications they think you may be interested in.

With this option, you will receive notifications about changes to your Facebook account. Moreover, you will receive other notifications – for example when somebody comments on your posts or when you are tagged in a post.

However, “Suggested” Notifications offers you the option to turn off notifications you do not wish to receive from Facebook.


For steps to set up SMS notifications, click How to Turn on SMS on Facebook.

I hope you found this Itechguide helpful. If you did, click on “Yes” beside the “Was this page helpful” question below.

You may also express your thoughts and opinions by using the “Leave a Comment” form at the bottom of this page.

Finally, for more Social media tech Itechguides, visit our Social Media Explained page. You may also find our Work from Home page very helpful.

About the Author

Photo of author

Victor Ashiedu

Victor is the founder of InfoPress Media, publishers of Ilifeguides and Itechguides. With 20+ years of experience in IT infrastructure, his expertise spans Windows, Linux, and DevOps. Explore his contributions on Itechguides.com for insightful how-to guides and product reviews.

Related Articles

Get in Touch

We're committed to writing accurate content that informs and educates. To learn more, read our Content Writing Policy, Content Review Policy, Anti-plagiarism Policy, and About Us.

However, if this content does not meet your expectations, kindly reach out to us through one of the following means:

  1. Respond to "Was this page helpful?" above
  2. Leave a comment with the "Leave a Comment" form below
  3. Email us at [email protected] or via the Contact Us page.

4 thoughts on “Facebook SMS Notifications Explained”

  1. What is the phone number facebook uses to text me a message? As I may have Inadvertently blocked their number And it will not let me log in without it


Leave a comment

Send this to a friend