Change your Google+ notification settings

Google+ notifications let you know when there's activity related to your profile, things you post, and more.

Change who can send you notifications

You can choose the people who can send you notifications in your Google+ settings. For example, you may want to be notified when your best friend shares a photo, but not every time a celebrity you're following shares one. Choose your device:

Android
  1. Open the  Google+ app.
  2. Touch the  menu icon/button > Settings.
  3. Under Account Settings, touch the account you want to update.
  4. Touch Notifications > Who can notify me. Choose one of these 5 options:
    • Extended circles, which includes people in your circles' circles
    • Public
    • Your circles, which does not include the people you are just following
    • Only you to only receive notifications about yourself
    • Or pick people and circles allows you to enter specific people, some of your circles, or a combination of these. 
Desktop
  1. Open Google+. Place your cursor in the top left corner for the Google+ main menu. Click  Settings.
  2. Next to Who can send you notifications? click the drop-down menu. Choose one of these 5 options:
    • Extended circles, which includes people in your circles' circles
    • Anyone
    • Your circles, which does not include the people you are just following
    • Only you to only receive notifications about yourself
    • Custom allows you to enter specific people, some of your circles, or a combination of these. 

If someone outside of the circles or people you choose sends you a notification, you can still see it by clicking the  bell > Everything else. If you see someone here that you wish to be notified about in the future, you can always add them to one of the circles or custom settings that you chose in the Who can send you notifications? setting.

Change where your notifications are sent (Desktop only)

Don't miss posts shared directly with you and other important updates about Google+ by setting your delivery email address to one that you regularly check. People will also be able to find and connect with you on Google+ using the email addresses you add.

  1. Open Google+. Place your cursor in the top left corner for the Google+ main menu. Click  Settings.
  2. Under Notification delivery, click Add email address.
  3. Enter your email address and click Add. A verification email will be sent to the email address you added. Check your email to verify your email address.
  4. Go back to your Google+ Settings page and select your newly added email address to send all future notifications to that email account.

Turn email notifications on or off (Desktop only)

  1. Open Google+. Place your cursor in the top left corner for the Google+ main menu. Click  Settings.
  2. Scroll down to the Receive notifications heading > click each heading to open each section > uncheck the boxes next to actions for which you do not wish to receive email notifications.
Go to my settings Get notifications via SMS

To receive Google+ SMS notifications, you need to add a phone number to your Google+ account. Standard message and data rates apply.

Add a phone number

  1. Open Google+. Place your cursor in the top left corner for the Google+ main menu.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Under Notification delivery, click Add phone number.
  4. Enter your information > click Send verification code > enter the verification code > click Save.

Once you've added a phone number to your Google+ account, you can turn SMS notifications on or off.

Turn SMS notifications on or off

  1. Open Google+. Place your cursor in the top left corner for the Google+ main menu. Click  Settings.
  2. Scroll down to the Receive notifications heading > click each heading to open each section > in the Phone column, uncheck the boxes next to actions for which you do not wish to receive SMS notifications.
Google+ Page notification settings
Google+ Pages (as opposed to profiles for individuals) provide businesses, products, brands, and organizations with a public identity and presence on Google+. Learn about notification settings for your Page.