Social media notifications can be a pain to deal with, especially if you have been out for a long time and are suddenly flooded with pointless alerts of “so and so posted something for the first time in a while” or “that old friend from high school who you barely ever talk to added new photos recently”. This can be managed apparently, and in this article, we will talk about how to do just that with the Facebook and Instagram apps on your Android phone.
There are notifications of activity on your phone from the social media apps that are important and help you stay connected to friends and family that are not with you, including long lost school friends and distant family. But there are pesky notifications that get you touching your phone over and over, distracting you with an endless supply of content.
Off course, the worst offenders are Facebook and Instagram (that Facebook owns and has the worst feature of announcing new people who have joined the stream or posted for the first time) but instead of using the nuclear option of getting rid of the apps from the Android phone altogether, there are tweaks that you can do to the apps to make life easier.
Firstly You Need to Know How You Can Tweak Facebook Notifications
To change the mobile notification which are delivered on your phone through facebook can be done only to log on to facebook from your browser.
First you need to find on top-right corner the down arrow and click on it then you need to click on the setting option. After that you will see notification option just click on that and the click on the facebook option. Once you open that, it will take you to settings that you can tweak the way notifications are sent. Facebook sends all notifications of the activity that involves you which can involve a photo tag or comments on your posts or posts that you have been tagged in. If that is important enough for you, all you have to do is switch off everything else, and you are done!
How To Change Instagram Notifications
On Instagram, the only valid notifications are the push notifications when you are tagged in posts of people you are following, or when people like or comment on your own posts. The pesky ones are when people you are friends with on Facebook join Instagram and you are sent a notification, or when there is a feature update and even when the app reminds me you to check in on the app.
On your Instagram profile, first tap on the menu button in the top right corner, then swipe up to scroll down to get to Push Notifications, and then tap on that. Here, you can change what notifications should be sent to you, and you can tap off on the toggle for the notifications that you do not want to see.
There is also the option of only allowing push notifications from people that you follow on Instagram, which is a great feature if you are harassed regularly by spambots. There will be times that Instagram will actually hold back notifications to probably make you check into the app, but there are no tweaks around that yet. For example, you will sometimes find that your post has been liked by three friends while browsing through your feed but you will not get a notification for that until some hours later.
A little awareness of the kind of customisation that both apps offer can really go a long way in ensuring that you are not bombarded with pesky notifications that you do not need to see. A little respite from them and from the distraction can go a long way in making the Android experience of social media apps pleasant and smooth.