How to Turn Notifications On or Off in Instagram


This wikiHow teaches you how to enable or disable visual and audible notifications from Instagram. Examples of things about which Instagram might notify you include people liking or commenting on your posts, sending you direct messages, or posting Stories. You can also turn on notifications for specific users so that you receive a notification whenever that user uploads something.

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Enabling Notifications in iPhone Settings

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Tap the grey app with gears on it. This app is typically found on the Home Screen.

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It's near the top of the menu. Doing so opens a list of all apps that currently support notifications.

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Apps here are listed alphabetically, so you'll find Instagram in the "I" section. If Instagram is not appearing, you may need to wait until you've received a notification from someone.[1] If Instagram is still not appearing in the list, even after receiving a notification in the app, uninstall the Instagram app, restart your phone, and then install it again. When you launch the reinstalled app, select Allow Notifications when prompted, and Instagram should appear in the Notifications section of the Settings app.

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It's at the top of the screen. Tapping it will cause it to turn green , signifying that Instagram will send notifications to your iPhone. If you want to disable Instagram notifications completely, tap the green "Allow Notifications" switch and then skip the rest of this method.

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Tap the white switch to the right of each of the following options to enable them, or tap the green switch next to each of them to disable them: Sounds - Turn on or off Instagram sounds. Badge App Icon - Turn on or off Instagram badge icons, which are the numbers that display in the corner of the Instagram app when you have pending notifications. Show on Lock Screen - Turn on or off notifications that appear on your iPhone's Lock Screen. Show in History - Turn on or off notifications history for Instagram. Notifications history can be checked by swiping down from the top of the screen. Show as Banners - Turn on or off banner-style notifications, which display at the top of the screen when your iPhone is unlocked.

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Below the "Show as Banners" switch, tap either Temporary or Persistent. This option won't display if you have "Show as Banners" turned off. "Temporary" alerts appear briefly at the top of your iPhone's screen before disappearing, while "Persistent" alerts don't disappear until you swipe them away.

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This will determine whether or not you can see the content of an Instagram notification without opening it. Scroll down and tap Show Previews, then select one of the following options: Always (Default) - You will always see previews for Instagram notifications (e.g., "Sarah liked your post"). When Unlocked - You will see previews for Instagram notifications when your iPhone is unlocked. Never - You will never see previews for Instagram notifications.

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It's in the top-left corner of the screen. This will take you back to the Notifications page, saving your changes in the process. Instagram will now send you notifications.

Part 2
Enabling Notifications in Android Settings

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Tap the Settings app, which resembles a white gear on a colored background. You'll find Settings in the App Drawer.

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It's near the middle of the Settings page. This will open a list of your currently installed apps. On a Samsung Galaxy, you may tap Applications instead.

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You'll find this in the "I" section of the list of apps.

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It's near the middle of the page. This will open the notifications settings page for Instagram.

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Tap the grey "Allow peeking" switch . It will turn blue , signifying that notifications are now enabled for Instagram. If you want to receive notifications from Instagram even while in "Do Not Disturb" mode, tap the grey "Treat as priority" switch as well. To turn off notifications, tap the blue "Allow peeking" switch, then tap the grey "Block all" switch here.

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It's in the top-left corner of the screen. This will exit the Instagram notifications menu, saving your changes in the process.

Part 3
Choosing Notification Types

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Tap the Instagram app icon, which resembles a multicolored app with a white camera outline on it. This will open your Instagram feed if you're logged in. If you aren't logged in, enter your email address (or phone number, or username) and password before proceeding.

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It's the person-shaped silhouette in the bottom-right corner of the screen. Doing so opens your profile page. If you've ever had more than one Instagram profile signed in at once, this will be your profile picture rather than a silhouette icon.

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Tap the gear-shaped icon (iPhone) or ⋮ (Android) in the upper-right side of the screen. Doing so opens the Settings page.

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It's below the "Settings" heading in the middle of the page. On Android, you may have to tap Push Notifications instead.

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You can determine which actions in the Instagram app (e.g., someone liking a post) will push a notification to your phone from here. To do so: Find a notification type (e.g., "Likes"). Tap a notification option (e.g., From Everyone) below the type heading. Tap Off to disable notifications for that type entirely. Repeat this process for each notification type.

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It's in the upper-left corner of the screen. This will exit the Notifications page and apply your settings. You should now receive notifications for anything that you've enabled in the Instagram app.

Part 4
Enabling Post Notifications

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Tap the Instagram app icon, which resembles a multicolored app with a white camera outline on it. This will open your Instagram feed if you're logged in. If you aren't logged in, enter your email address (or phone number, or username) and password before proceeding.

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Tap a user's name in your Instagram feed, or tap the Search magnifying glass, enter their name in the search bar, and tap their account when it appears.

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If you aren't following the person for whom you want to turn on post notifications, tap Follow at the top of their profile page.

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It's in the upper-right corner of the screen. A menu will appear.

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This option is in the menu. Doing so will turn on post notifications, meaning that you'll receive a notification on your phone whenever the account in question uploads. You can disable post notifications by going back to the profile, tapping ⋯ or ⋮, and tapping Turn off Post Notifications in the menu.