Manage YouTube notifications

YouTube notifications let you know when there are new videos and updates from your favorite channels and other content. We'll send you notifications for channels you're subscribed to and may also send notifications based on your interests. To change your notifications or turn them off completely, use the instructions below.

Note: Notification settings may differ slightly by device. 

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Difference between Notifications and Subscriptions Feed

Subscriptions feed, available on both mobile and a computer, will show any recently uploaded videos from your subscriptions.

Notifications tell you when there are new videos and updates from your subscriptions. We’ll send emails, personalized notifications on mobile, or inbox notifications on your computer. When you subscribe to a channel, you’ll automatically get personalized notifications with highlights of activity.

To get all notifications from a subscribed channel, tap the Notification bell  . The bell will then change to a ringing bell  to indicate that you've selected all notifications.

You won't get notifications if a channel's audience is set as made for kids. The notification bell will also be set to no notifications . You can't change this setting.

What the notification bells mean for channel subscriptions

 Personalized notifications (Default)
 No notifications
 All notifications

If you subscribe to a video or channel that’s set as made for kids, your bell setting will be set to no notifications , and will be grayed out

Before you start:

  • Make sure to check your YouTube app and iOS notification settings.
  • Make sure you’re signed in to the right account. 

To change YouTube app settings: 

  1. At the top of your screen, tap your profile picture.
  2. Tap Settings "".
  3. Tap Notifications

To change your iOS notification settings: 

  1. Open your iOS Settings app.
  2. Tap Notifications.
  3. Find “YouTube."

Change notification settings

When you subscribe to a channel, you'll get notifications with highlights of its activity. All new videos will be in your Subscriptions feed "". You can change your notification settings to let you know every time a channel publishes content or turn them off completely.   

Get updates from a channel when you subscribe to it:

  1. Go to the channel page or watch page.
  2. If you're not subscribed, tap SUBSCRIBE. When you subscribe to a channel, you’ll automatically get personalized notifications.
  3. Next to "Subscribe," tap the Notification bell .
  4. Choose from All  , Personalized  , or None .
    • All - You’ll get notifications for all long-form uploads and live streams. You may also get some personalized notifications for Shorts based on your subscriptions and watch history.
    • Personalized  - You’ll get personalized YouTube notifications for some regular uploads, Shorts, and live streams. The definition of "personalized" differs by user. YouTube uses various signals to decide when to send you notifications. These signals include your watch history, how often you watch certain channels, how popular some videos are, and how often you open notifications.
    • None - You won't get any notifications from this channel.

Check your notifications

Tap the Notification bell  at the top of your screen to find updates from channels you're subscribed to and other content.

Manage your notification settings across channels

  1. Go to the Subscriptions tab "".
  2. At the top of the page, tap All.

  3. At the top of the page, tap Manage.

  4. Tap the Notification bell next to each channel to manage notifications.

Select the type of notifications you want

  1. At the top of your screen, tap your profile picture  .
  2. Tap Settings "".
  3. Tap Notifications.
  4. Tap Turn on and follow the on-screen instructions.
  5. Make sure that YouTube notifications are turned on in the device's Settings app.
    • Go to your device's Settings app.
    • Tap Notifications.
    • Scroll down and tap YouTube.
    • Turn on Allow Notifications.
  6. In the YouTube app, choose the notifications you want:
    • Scheduled Digest: Get notifications as a daily digest.
    • Subscriptions: Choose whether you want to get notifications from channels you’re subscribed to.
    • Channel settings: Manage notification settings for each subscribed channel.
    • Recommended videos: Get notifications about recommendations based on what you watch.
    • Activity on my channel: Get notifications about comments and other activity on your channel or videos. 
    • Activity on my comments: Get notifications about replies and responses to your comments. 
    • Mentions: Get told when others mention your channel.
    • Shared content: Get told when others share your content on their channels.
    • Product updates: Get told about new product updates and announcements.
    • Watch on TV: Get suggestions for videos you might like to watch on TV.
    • Disable sounds & vibrations: Silence notifications during the hours you specify.

Notifications for Recommended Content

You may occasionally get Recommended video notifications for videos you might like, even if you're not subscribed to the channel. To turn these notifications on or off, follow the instructions below.
  1. Tap your profile picture .
  2. Tap Settings "".
  3. Tap Notifications.
  4. Turn Recommended videos on or off.

Turn off device notifications

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Notifications and then YouTube.
  3. Turn off Allow Notifications.

The  will now be present next to all subscribed YouTube channels to signify that you will not get a notification. 

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