How to Enable Notifications on Snapchat

If you’re one out of 280 million active Snapchat users who enjoys exchanging content with fellow Snapchatters, you may want to know how to enable the notifications. Snapchat’s notifications are handy for things like knowing when you’ve received new content or when a friend posts an update.

How to Enable Notifications on Snapchat

In this article, we’ll take you through the Android and iPhone steps on how to set up your notifications, choose which group to receive them from, and select your favorite notification sounds. Plus, our FAQs include how to troubleshoot and fix notifications should they stop working.

How to Enable Notifications on Snapchat?

First, you may need to enable notifications for the Snapchat app via the Settings on your device.

Enable Snapchat Notifications From Android Phone Settings

  1. From your home screen select the “Settings” app.
  2. Select “Notifications” then scroll down to “See all.”
  3. Locate the “Snapchat” app from the menu.
  4. Toggle the notifications option ON to enable it.

Enable Snapchat Notifications From Snapchat App via Android

  1. Launch Snapchat.
  2. From the profile screen, click on the gear “Settings” icon.
  3. Select “Notifications.”
  4. Toggle ON the “Enable Notifications” option.

Enable Snapchat Notifications From iPhone Settings

  1. Access the “Settings” application via your phone.
  2. From the second list of items, select “Notifications.”
  3. Scroll through your list of apps to find “Snapchat” then tap on it.
  4. Toggle ON the “Allow Notifications” option.

Enable Snapchat Notifications From Snapchat App via iPhone

  1. From the top of the screen, click on your profile pic.
  2. Select the “Settings” gear icon.
  3. Select “Notifications.”
  4.  Toggle the notifications option ON to enable it.

How to Change Who You Get Snapchat Notifications From?

Control Individual Snapchat Notifications via an Android Device

  1. Launch Snapchat.
  2. Swipe downwards on your screen to get to the user screen.
  3. From the top-right hand corner, select the “Settings” gear icon.
  4. Select “Notifications” from the “My Account” section of the menu.
  5. Click on the “Receive Notifications From” option.
  6. Choose from two groups of Snapchatters:
    • If you want to know when anyone sends you a message or snap, select “Everyone.”
    • If you only want to know when your Snapchat friends send you content, select “My Friends.”
  7. Click on the back arrow from the top-left to save your notifications.

Control Individual Snapchat Notifications via an iPhone Device

  1. Launch Snapchat.
  2. Swipe downwards on your screen to get to the user screen.
  3. From the top-right hand corner, select the “Settings” gear icon.
  4. Select “Notifications” from the “My Account” section of the menu.
  5. Click on the “Receive Notifications From” option.
  6. Choose from two groups of Snapchatters:
    • If you want to know when anyone sends you a message or snap, select “Everyone.”
    • If you only want to know when your Snapchat friends send you content, select “My Friends.”
  7. Click on the back arrow, from the top-left to save your notifications.

How to Customize Snapchat Notification Sounds?

Customize Snapchat Notification Sounds via Android

  1. Access the “Settings” app.
  2. Select the “Apps & notifications” option.
  3. To access the list of apps installed on your phone, click on the “See All Apps” option.
  4. Select the Snapchat app.
  5. From the “App Info” page, click on the “Notifications” option.
  6. You’ll now see plenty of different notification options; scroll down and click on the “Snaps and chats” option.
  7. From the “Notification Category” field select the “Advanced” option.
  8. Select the “Sound” option.
  9. Select your favorite ringtone from the list of options as your new notification sound.

To choose your new notification sound from your songs or tones stored in your music library:

  • Select “Ringtone from internal storage” then select your favorite tone.

Customize Snapchat Notification Sounds via iPhone

Currently, the option to change the default Snapchat sounds and message alerts are not available via iOS. The workaround for this is to change your iPhone’s ringtone, thereby changing the ringtone for all your calls.

  1. Launch the “Settings” app.
  2. Click on “Sounds & Haptics.”
  3. Select the sound you want via “Text Tone.”
  4. Under the ringtone option via “Sound and Vibration Patterns,” choose your favorite tone.

Additional FAQs

How to Make Notifications Private on Snapchat?

To hide the content of Snapchat notifications received on your Android or iPhone, try the following:

On Android:

1. Launch “Settings” > “Applications.”

2. Select “Application Manager.”

3. From “All” scroll down to locate Snapchat and select it.

4. From the “Application info” screen, uncheck “Show notifications.”

5. Select “Ok” to disable the notifications confirmation.

On iPhone:

1. Launch “Settings” > “Notifications.”

2. Scroll through the list of apps to locate and select Snapchat.

3. With “Allow Notifications” toggled ON, select “Show Previews.”

4. Switch “Always” to “When Unlocked.”

Why Are Notifications on Snapchat Not Working?

There can be multiple reasons why your Snapchat notifications are not working. If possible, after trying each of the following troubleshooting tips, ask someone to send you a snap or message to see whether the problem is solved.

Disable and Reenable Your Snapchat Permissions in Settings

Try recalibrating the Snapchat notifications permissions granted in your mobile phone Settings.

To do this via an Android device:

1. From your home screen select the “Settings” app.

2. Select “Notifications” then scroll down to “See all.”

3. Locate the “Snapchat” app from the menu.

4. Toggle the notifications option OFF to disable it.

5. Wait for five or so seconds before toggling the notification back to ON.

On an iPhone:

1. Access the “Settings” application via your phone.

2. From the second list of items, select “Notifications.”

3. Scroll through your list of apps to find “Snapchat” then tap on it.

4. Toggle OFF the “Allow Notifications” option.

5. After five or so seconds toggle the option back to ON.

Enable Background Application Refresh

Background application refresh is an operating system feature that allows programs and applications to check for updates whilst running; this ensures that you receive your Snapchat notifications even with the app closed.

Enable Background App Refresh on Android

1. From your Home screen, launch “Settings.”

2. Open the “Accounts and Backup” tab.

3. Select “Accounts.”

4. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and check that “Auto Sync Data” is enabled.

Enable Background App Refresh on iPhone

1. Launch “Settings.”

2. Select “General.”

3. Click on “Background App Refresh” to enable it.

Clear Your Applications Cache

Application data can occasionally become corrupt, so an effective way to resolve the problems caused is by clearing out the temporary data stored – the cache. To do this via an Android or iPhone device:

1. Launch the Snapchat app.

2. From the top-left hand corner, click on your profile icon.

3. Click on “Settings.”

4. Locate “Clear Cache” by scrolling down, then to confirm clearing Snapchat’s cache:

· On Android select “Continue.”

· On iOS select “Clear All.”

Ensure You Have the Latest Snapchat Version Installed

Check for available Snapchat updates:

· Android users navigate to the Play Store

· iOS users navigate to the App Store

On the Snapchat application page, the “Update” tab will be visible when there is an available update. Select it to update to the latest version.

Reinstall Snapchat

The Snapchat installation files may have become corrupted following an update or whilst in use. Reinstalling Snapchat is the simplest fix for this.

Reinstall Snapchat via Android

1. Press and hold on the Snapchat app via your home screen to bring up the selection screen.

2. Select “Uninstall.”

3. Once completed, navigate to the “Play Store” locate Snapchat to reinstall it.

Reinstall Snapchat via iPhone

1. Press and hold on the Snapchat app until the option screen appears.

2. Select “Remove App” then follow the steps to uninstall.

3. Once completed, navigate to the “App Store” to reinstall Snapchat.

If none of the above methods work for you, try contacting Snapchat’s technical support team to report the problem.

Deciding How to Receive Your Snapchat Notifications

Snapchat’s popularity is centered around its brief availability of snapchatters pictures and video content. Its playful features, including the photograph filters and lenses, make it one of the most entertaining apps around.

Now that we’ve shown you how to enable your Snapchat notifications, set your favorite tone for them, and hide the content from the home screen; did you experiment with different sounds for your notifications? If so, what type of song or tone did you find most suitable and entertaining? We’d love to hear about your Snapchat fun – let us know in the comments section below.

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