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Manage YouTube notifications

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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. You can use the instructions below to adjust your notifications or turn them off completely..

Get updates from specific channels

When you subscribe to a channel, you'll automatically get notifications with highlights of its activity and see any new videos 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. 

  1. Go to the channel that you want to manage notifications for.
  2. If you're not subscribed, click the Subscribe button.
  3. Click the bell icon.
  4. A dialog box will appear, allowing you to select to receive All notifications.
  5. You can also modify how you're notified by visiting Manage settings.
  6. Click Save.

If you unsubscribe and then re-subscribe to a channel, your notification settings will be reset. If you'd like to receive a notification for every upload, make sure to turn on all notifications.

Select type of notifications you want to receive

You can control what kind of notifications you get from YouTube and how you receive them.

  1. Sign in to your YouTube account.
  2. Go to your notifications settings.
  3. Select the notifications you would like to receive:
    • Latest email updates: Choose if you want to get updates with tips and trending videos. 
    • Channel subscriptions: Choose if you want to get updates from channels you subscribe to.
    • Notify me via: Use the drop-down menu to choose how you want to receive subscription notifications (mobile or email).

You can also change your email preferences for comments and replies at the bottom of the Notifications page.

Manage Google Chrome notifications

You can choose to get YouTube notifications when using Google Chrome browser. When you turn them on, you'll get pop-up notifications in your browser with updates from channels you subscribe to.

  1. Sign in to your YouTube account.
  2. Go to your notifications settings.
  3. Under “Desktop notifications," click the button next to Chrome to turn notifications on or off.

If you don't see the "Desktop notifications" option, your Chrome browser notifications may be blocked. Unblock notifications with the instructions below.

  1. Click the padlock icon in the search bar of Chrome.
  2. Go to "Notifications" under the "Permissions" section.
  3. Click the drop-down menu, and select Always allow on this site.

Check your notifications

You can now check and receive notifications on your desktop.
  1. Open YouTube on any browser. 
  2. At the top of the page, click the bell icon   to check notifications.
  3. Select the notification you're interested in to view the video or comment. 
You can also manage your notifications from your desktop inbox.
  1. Next to the notification, click Menu .
  2. Select Hide this notificationMute <channel name>, or Turn off [type of notification] updates.
 

 

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