Activate and deactivate notifications in Instagram

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Activate and deactivate notifications in Instagram
Activate and deactivate notifications in Instagram
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In this article you can read how to turn on and off both the visual notifications and the sound effects that you receive from Instagram. For example, Instagram can notify you if someone likes or comments on your post, if someone sends you a direct message, or if one of the users you follow has posted a story. You can also activate notifications for certain users, so that you always get a notification when one of those specific users publishes something.

Steps

Method 1 of 4: Activate notifications from your iPhone's settings

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Step 1. On your iPhone, open the settings

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To do this, tap the gray icon with the gears on it. Usually it's on the home screen.

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Step #2. Tap on Notifications

This option is near the top of the menu. This will open a list of all apps in which you currently have the option to receive notifications.

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Step #3. Scroll down and tap Instagram

The apps appear here in alphabetical order, so look for Instagram under the letter 'I'.

  • If you don't see Instagram, you may have to wait for someone to notify you.
  • If Instagram is still not on the list even after getting a notification within the app, uninstall Instagram, turn your phone back on, and then reinstall the app. When you open the reinstalled app and when prompted, select Allow notifications. The Notifications function should then appear within your Settings.
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Step 4. Tap the white slider 'Allow notifications'

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You'll find it at the top of the screen. When you tap it it turns green

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. From then on, Instagram will send you notifications to your iPhone.

If you don't want to receive notifications from Instagram at all, tap the green "Allow Notifications" slider and skip the rest of this method

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Step 5. Turn other notifications on or off

Tap the white slider to the right of each of the following options to activate them, or tap the green slider next to the various options to disable them:

  • Sound Effects – Enable or disable all sound effects in Instagram.
  • Badge Icons – Toggle the badge icons in Instagram on or off. Badge icons are the numbers that appear in the corner of the Instagram app when you have new, unopened notifications.
  • Show on locked screen – Enable or disable notifications that appear on your iPhone's lock screen.
  • Show in history – Turn notifications history for Instagram on or off. You can view your notification history by swiping down from the top of your screen.
  • Show as banners – Turn off the feature that displays notifications in the form of banners, i.e. when notifications appear at the top of your iPhone's screen if your iPhone is not locked.
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Step 6. Choose a style for your notifications

Under the 'Show as banners' slider, tap either temporary either on Forever. You won't see this option if you have 'Show as banners' turned off.

"Temporary" notifications briefly appear at the top of your iPhone's screen and then disappear again, while "Persistent" notifications don't disappear until you wipe them off yourself

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Step 7. Adjust the display before opening a message

This determines whether or not you will see the content of an Instagram before you open the message. Scroll down and tap Show in advance and then choose one of the following options:

  • Always (Default) – With this you will always see the content of your Instagram notifications beforehand (for example: 'Sarah liked your post').
  • If blocked – You will only see the content of your Instagram notifications if your iPhone is not blocked.
  • Never – You will never see the content of the notifications from Instagram beforehand.
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Step 8. Tap the "Back" button twice

You can find it at the very top left of the screen. This will take you back to the notifications screen and save the changes in the meantime. Instagram will now send you notifications.

Method 2 of 4: Enable notifications within Android's settings

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Step 1. Open the settings on your smartphone with Android

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Tap Settings. To do this, tap the icon that looks like a white gear against a colored background. You can find it in your phone's app drawer.

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Step #2. Scroll down and tap on Apps

This option is near the center of the Settings page. This will open a list of all the apps you currently have installed.

  • On a Samsung Galaxy, you may instead press Applications must tap.
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Step #3. Scroll down and tap Instagram

You'll find this option under the letter "I" in the list of apps.

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Step #4. Tap on Notifications

This option is near the center of the page. This will open the page where you can adjust the settings of your Instagram notifications.

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Step 5. Activate your notifications

Tap the gray slider 'Allow viewing'

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. Then it turns blue

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, which means you have now activated your notifications in Instagram.

  • If you'd like to also receive notifications from Instagram when your phone is on Do Not Disturb, tap the gray "Treat as Urgent" slider.
  • To disable notifications, tap the blue "Allow Viewing" slider, then click the gray "Block All" slider that you see here.
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Step 6. Tap on the 'Back' button

This button is in the top left corner of the screen. This way you leave the notifications menu of Instagram and save the changes in the meantime.

Method 3 of 4: Choose notification types

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Step #1. Open Instagram

Tap the Instagram icon. It looks like a multicolored figure with the outline of a camera on it in white. This will take you directly to your Instagram news feed, provided you are logged in.

If you are not already logged in, please enter your email address (or your phone number or your username) and your password to continue

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Step 2. Tap on your profile icon

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To do this, click on the figure in the form of a doll in the bottom right corner of the screen. This will open the page with your profile.

If you've signed up to multiple Instagram profiles at the same time, you'll see your profile picture here instead of a doll

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Step #3. Open Settings

Tap the gears

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(on an iPhone) or on (on an Android phone) at the top right of the screen. This will open the settings page.

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Step #4. Scroll down and tap on Push Notification Settings

This option is under the 'Settings' heading in the middle of the page.

  • On a phone with Android, you may instead press Push Notifications must click.
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Step 5. Choose the settings you want to activate

You can decide for yourself which actions you want to activate within Instagram (for example, a like you received from someone); based on that, your phone will send a notification to your phone. You do this as follows:

  • Look for a notification type (for example, "Likes").
  • Tap a notification option (for example From everyone) under the notification type.

    • Tap on from to completely disable the notifications for that type of notification.
  • Do the same for all types of notifications.
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Step 6. Tap the 'Back' button

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button.

You'll find it in the top left corner of the screen. This will take you out of the notifications screen and apply your settings. You should receive notifications from that moment on for everything you have activated within Instagram.

Method 4 of 4: Trigger notifications afterwards

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Step #1. Open Instagram

Tap the Instagram icon. To do this, tap the colored icon with the white outline of a camera on it. If you are already logged in, this will take you directly to your Instagram news feed.

If you are not already logged in, please enter your email address (or your phone number or your username) and your password to continue

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Step 2. Go to a user's profile

Tap a user's name in your Instagram feed, or launch the Search function by tapping the magnifying glass, entering his or her name into the search bar, then clicking the person's account when it appears.

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Step 3. Follow the user if you are not already following him or her

If you want the person you want Instagram to notify you when they post something, tap To follow at the top of his or her profile page.

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Step 4. Tap ⋯ (on an iPhone) or on ⋮ (on a phone with Android).

You will find one of these options at the very top right of the screen. A menu will then appear.

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Step 5. Tap on Activate publication notifications

It is one of the options in the menu. This way you enable the notifications for this account, so that you will receive a notification on your phone every time the user in question publishes something.

  • You can disable these notifications from publications again by going to the profile again, on or on tapping, then Disable publication notifications tapping in the menu.

Tips

  • If you receive a large number of notifications from strangers, by setting the type of notifications you want to receive anywhere you can From people I follow, to ensure that you receive fewer notifications.

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