How to Turn on Notifications for Instagram Posts, Stories, Live, and IGTV

How to Turn on Notifications for Instagram Posts, Stories, Live, and IGTV
Khamosh Pathak

Instagram (commonly abbreviated to IG or Insta) is an American photo and video sharing social networking service owned by Facebook, created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, and originally launched on iOS in October 2010. The Android version was released in April 2012, followed by a feature-limited desktop interface in November 2012, a Fire OS app in June 2014, and an app for Windows 10 in October 2016. The app allows users to upload media that can be edited with filters and organized by hashtags and geographical tagging. Posts can be shared publicly or with pre-approved followers. Users can browse other users’ content by tags and locations and view trending content. Users can like photos and follow other users to add their content to a feed, a function that seems to be discontinued as of September 2020.

Instagram was originally distinguished by only allowing content to be framed in a square (1:1) aspect ratio with 640 pixels to match the display width of the iPhone at the time. In 2015, these restrictions were eased with an increase to 1080 pixels. The service also added messaging features, the ability to include multiple images or videos in a single post and a Stories feature—similar to its main opposition Snapchat—which allows users to post photos and videos to a sequential feed, with each post accessible by others for 24 hours each. As of January 2019, the Stories feature is used by 500 million users daily.

There are some Instagram profiles where you want to see new content as soon as possible—it can be a news page or your favorite food blogger. Here’s how to get notifications for new Instagram posts, Stories, IGTV, and Live.

You can enable notifications for new activity and posts for an Instagram profile on a per-account basis.

To get started, open the Instagram app on your iPhone or Android smartphone and tap the Search button from the bottom of the screen.

Here, search for and select the profile that you want to enable notifications for.

Here, tap the notifications (bell) icon found in the top-right corner.

You’ll see a menu slide up from the bottom of your screen. Select the toggles next to “Posts,” “Stories,” or “IGTV” to enable notifications for the respective post type.

Enable Instagram Notifications for Posts, Stories, and IGTV

If you want to enable notifications for all Instagram Live videos for the profile (By default, Instagram only notifies you about some Instagram Live videos.), tap the “Live Videos” button.

From here, choose the “Recieve All Notifications” option.

Tap Receive All Notifications

You can go back and continue using Instagram. Repeat this process for any Instagram account that you want to enable notifications for.

When there’s new activity from the Instagram profile, you’ll see a notification for it on your smartphone.


Don’t want to receive notifications from Instagram anymore? Here’s how to stop Instagram from sending you constant notifications.

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