How to Turn Off Instagram Notifications

Stop getting alerts about posts, stories, and live streams

What to Know

  • In the mobile app, from your profile, tap the menu icon, select Settings > Notifications, and choose which the alerts you want to disable.
  • On the web, go to your profile, click Settings > Notifications, then select the alerts you want to turn off.
  • If you don't want to disable alerts, you can choose to receive them only from specific activities or groups of users.

This article covers how to turn off post and story notifications and other activities in the Instagram mobile app and on a desktop browser.

How to Turn Off Post & Story Notifications on the Instagram Mobile App

The notification feature of the Instagram app gives you a fair amount of control over the types of notifications that you receive (or choose not to receive). Follow these steps to turn off posts and stories on Instagram.

You can turn the notifications back on pretty easily.

  1. Open the Instagram app on your mobile device and tap the Profile icon in the bottom right corner.

  2. On your profile page, tap the hamburger menu in the upper-right corner.

  3. In the slide-out menu that appears, tap Settings at the bottom of the menu.

    Screenshots showing how to get to Settings on the Instagram mobile app.
  4. On the Settings screen, tap Notifications.

  5. On the Notifications screen, tap Posts, Stories and Comments.

  6. Then on Posts, Stories and Comments, scroll to the bottom of the page and choose how you would like notifications for First Posts and Stories to be handled:

    • Off: Turns all notifications for first posts and stories off.
    • From People I follow: Allows only first post and story notifications from people you follow.
    • From Everyone: Allows first post and story notifications from everyone.
    How to turn off notifications for first posts and stories on the Instagram app.

In addition to the First Posts and Stories, there are many other notifications that you can turn off on the same screen.

  • Likes: Turn off or choose who you want to be notified about when they like a post you've created.
  • Likes and Comments on Photos: Turn off or choose who you are notified about when they like or comment on photos you post.
  • Photos of You: Turn off or choose who you are notified about when they like or comment on photos in which you are tagged
  • Comments: Turn off or choose who you are notified about when they like or comment on comments you've left on Instagram.
  • Comment Likes and Pins: Turn notifications of comment likes and pins on or off.

If you want to turn off all notification you can do that all at once by tapping Additional options in system settings and tap Show notifications to turn on (green) or off (white) all notifications from the Instagram app.

How to Turn Off Instagram Notifications From a Web Browser

If you're using Instagram on your computer you can also turn off notifications from the web browser.

Changing your notification preferences apply only to the device on which you change them. So, if you're changing them on the Instagram desktop app through a web browser, that doesn't affect the notifications you receive when using the Instagram app on your mobile device.

  1. Open Instagram in your web browser and then click your Profile icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.

    The profile icon on Instagram in a web browser.
  2. In the menu that appears, choose Settings.

    The settings option in Instagram in a web browser.
  3. From the left navigation menu, select Push Notifications.

    The Push Notifications option on Instagram in a web browser.
  4. Scroll through the list on the next screen and adjust the notification you do or do not want to receive. Those options include:

    • Likes
    • Comments
    • Comment Likes
    • Likes and Comments on Photos of You
    • Accept Follow Requests
    • Friends on Instagram
    • Instagram Direct Requests
    • Instagram Direct
    • Reminders
    • First Posts and Stories
    • IGTV View Counts
    • Support Requests
    • Live Videos

    For each selection, you can either choose On or Off or in some cases, you have the options for Off, From People I Follow, or From Everyone.

    Once you've made your selections you can return to Instagram and your new settings are automatically saved.