Manage YouTube notifications

YouTube notifications let you know when there are new videos and updates from your favourite channels and other content. We'll send you notifications for channels that 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 personalised 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

 Personalised 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 greyed out.

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

Before you start: Make sure that you're signed in to the right account. Your YouTube account settings can be found here:

  1. Sign in to YouTube.
  2. At the top of your screen, click your profile picture.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click Notifications.

Get updates from specific channels

When you subscribe to a channel, you'll automatically receive notifications with highlights of its activity, and 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, click Subscribe. When you subscribe to a channel, you'll automatically receive personalised notifications.
  3. Click the Notification bell to switch between getting 'All notifications' and 'Personalised notifications'.
    • All notifications – You'll receive notifications for all uploads and live streams.
    • Personalised notifications – You'll receive notifications for some uploads and live streams. The definition of 'personalised' differs by user. YouTube uses various signals to decide when to send you notifications. This info includes your watch history, how often you watch certain channels, how popular some videos are and how often you open notifications.

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

Check your notifications

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

Select the type of notifications that you want

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

  1. Sign in to YouTube.
  2. Go to your notification settings.
  3. Under different sections on the page, select the notifications that you want:
    • Email updates: To turn updates with tips and trending videos on or off, tick or untick the boxes. 
    • Channel subscriptions: To turn updates from channels that you subscribe to or channel recommendations on or off, tick or untick the boxes.
    • Notify me via: Choose whether you want mobile or email subscription notifications in the drop-down menu.
    • Other notifications
      • Recommended videos: Notify you of videos that you might like based on what you watch.
      • Activity on my videos or channel: Notify you about comments and other activity on your channel or videos.
      • Activity on my comments: Notify you when your comments get likes, pins or <3s.
      • Replies to my comments: Get updates when someone replies to your comments.
      • Activity on other channels: Notify you occasionally when your content is shared on other channels.
      • Mentions: Notify you when others mention your channel.

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 receive YouTube notifications when using the Google Chrome browser. When you turn them on, you'll receive pop-up notifications in your browser with updates from channels that you subscribe to.

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

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

  1. Click the padlock in the Chrome search bar.
  2. Click Site settings.
  3. Go to 'Notifications' under the 'Permissions' section.
  4. Click the down arrow and select Always allow on this site.

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 personalised 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.

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