For those that want to be a bit more efficient with how they check their favorite Instagram accounts, there’s now a way you can be alerted whenever a specific user publishes a post.
Everyone has their favorite accounts to follow on Instagram. From clothing boutiques, gossip, and food porn accounts, there’s tons of ways to follow current events, discover art, purchase the latest in fashion—and sometimes just waste a little time. To get a notification every time a specific account puts up a post, just follow these simple instructions:
Note: This feature is currently enabled for iOS users as of April 4th 2015. The Android update should be coming along shortly.
- Make sure you have the latest version of Instagram. If you’re not sure, open the App Store and check the updates tab in the menu at the bottom of the screen.
- Open the Instagram app.
- Search for the account you want to get post notifications from.
- Make sure you’re following the account. If you don’t you’ll receive an error message that you cannot favorite a user you don’t follow.
- At the top right of the account window, you’ll see a set of ellipses (three dots). Click on these dots.
- A menu will appear at the bottom of the screen. In that menu you’ll see “Turn on Post Notifications”; choose that option.
- A little gray notification bar will appear at the top of the IG window displaying “Post Notifications On”.
- You’re Done!
From now on, whenever that specific account publishes a new post, you’ll receive a notification on your phone. This new feature is a great method to know the moment a new post from a specific user goes live, rather than constantly visiting or refreshing a user’s page. This is also great to find new posts that you’re not tagged. If you’re having trouble getting notifications, make sure your phone’s notification settings for Instagram are enabled.
If you decide later you don’t want notifications from that account, repeat the steps above. The only difference is that now the menu options will say “Turn off Post Notifications” and “Post Notification Off”, respectively.