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Why Don’t I Get Notifications From Instagram?

Published April 7, 2024

Have you ever missed an important comment or message because you didn’t receive an Instagram notification? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many users encounter situations where Instagram notifications go mysteriously silent.

Here’s a comprehensive guide to understanding why you might not get Instagram notifications and how to troubleshoot the issue.

Several factors can contribute to the absence of Instagram notifications. Here are some of the most common culprits:

  • Disabled Notifications for Instagram: The most basic reason might be that you’ve unknowingly disabled notifications for the Instagram app on your phone. That can be easily checked and rectified.
  • Muted Notifications Within the App: You might have inadvertently muted specific notification types, like new follower alerts. We’ll see how to identify and unmute these.
  • Do Not Disturb (DND) Mode: If your phone’s DND mode is active, it might silence all notifications, including those from Instagram.
  • Low Power Mode: Low power mode on some devices can restrict background app activity, potentially causing delays or preventing notifications from Instagram altogether.
  • App Issues: Occasionally, outdated app versions might disrupt notification functionality.

Troubleshooting: How to Turn on Notifications for Instagram

Now that you understand the potential causes of your notification woes, let’s get to the solutions:

Check Your Notification Settings

  • On iPhone: Go to your phone’s Settings. Scroll down to find Instagram, tap on it, and then tap on “Notifications” to open the menu. Ensure the “Allow Notifications” toggle is on.
  • On Android: The process might vary depending on your phone model. Typically, you can go to Settings > Apps & notifications (or Apps) > Instagram > Notifications. Here, make sure relevant notification categories are enabled.

Review Muted Notifications on the App

  • Get to Your Profile: Open the Instagram App and tap on your profile picture in the bottom right corner.
  • Access the Settings and Activity Menu: Tap the hamburger menu icon at the top right corner.
  • Find Notifications: Scroll down to “Notifications” and tap on it.
  • Muted Notifications: Under “Notifications,” you’ll see sections for the notifications you muted. Review these lists and unmute any setting you want to receive notifications on again.

Disable Do Not Disturb (DND) Mode

  • On iPhone: Swipe down from the top right corner of your screen (iPhone X and later models) or swipe up from the bottom (earlier iPhone models) to access the Control Center. Find the Do Not Disturb icon (crescent moon symbol) and ensure it’s not highlighted.
  • On Android: The process might vary depending on your phone model. You can swipe down from the top of your screen to access the notification panel. Search for the Do Not Disturb icon and tap to disable it.

Temporarily Deactivate Low Power Mode

  • On iPhone: Go to your phone’s Settings > Battery. Toggle off “Low Power Mode” to see if notifications resume. Remember to re-enable it when your battery level is low.
  • On Android: The location of the low power mode setting might vary depending on your phone model. It’s typically found under Battery Settings or on the notification panel. Locate the “Battery Saver” option and disable it temporarily.

If none of these work, you can head to your app store, check if your Instagram app is up to date, and update accordingly. That usually solves it.

Following the tips in this article, you should know how to find and rectify the cause of your missed notifications and rectify it. Enjoy your complete Instagram experience.

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Jessica is a writer who specializes in social media, marketing, and digital strategy. She is a graduate of Antioch College and earned her MBA at Boston College’s Carroll Graduate School of Management, specializing in STEM Management. Her work has been published in numerous academic journals and mainstream publications. She lives in New England with her husband, two children, and three dogs.
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