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 all recently uploaded videos from your subscriptions.

Notifications tell you when there are new videos and updates from your subscriptions. We’ll send emails, 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. Additionally, The notification bell will be set to no notifications . You won’t be able to 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 with an audience that’s set as made for kids, your bell setting will automatically be set to no notifications , and will be grayed out.

How to make sure you're getting YouTube notifications on your phone or tablet

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 adjust YouTube app settings: 

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

To adjust 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 or Activity tab  . 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 uploads and live streams.
    • Personalized  - You’ll get notifications for some uploads 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

All updates you've signed up for will be in the Inbox tab Email at the bottom of your screen.

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 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.
    • Scroll down and tap YouTube.
    • Tap Notifications.
    • Turn on Allow Notifications.
  6. In the YouTube app, choose the notifications you want:
    • Recommended videos: Get notifications about recommendations based on what you watch.
    • Subscriptions: Choose whether you want to get notifications from channels you’re subscribed to. 
    • Activity on my channel or other channels: Get notifications about comments and other activity on your channel or videos. 
    • Activity or replies to your comments: Get notifications about replies to your comments. 
    • Scheduled Digest: Get notifications as a daily digest.

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 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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