If you have a Spachat account, you can enable notifications in the app or on your phone. Those in the app will be sent to you when you use Snapchat. If you activate those on your phone, you will receive a message every time you receive a Snap, whether the app is open or not.
Method 1 of 3: Enable in-app notifications
Step 1. Open Snapchat
Press the icon representing a small white ghost on a yellow background:
. If you are already signed in, you will be taken to the app's camera page.
- If you're not signed in, tap Log in, enter your username and password and select again Log in.
Step 2. Open your profile
Tap your profile picture at the top left of the screen. A menu will appear.
If you don't have a profile picture, tap the white Snapchat ghost icon
Step 3. Open the settings
Tap the cog icon at the top right of the screen:
Step 4. Select Notifications
The option is in the section My account in the settings menu. You will be taken to the notifications page.
- If you have a phone running Android, scroll down to the section Advanced and select the option Notification settings.
Step 5. Enable notifications
Press the white button Stories to receive notifications about Stories when Snapchat is opened. If the button is green, this feature is already enabled. This is the only type of notification that you can receive only when the app is open.
- On Android, select the small white box to the right of the option Stories. If it is already checked, notifications for Stories are already enabled.
- With a device running Android, you can also select the types of notifications you want to receive on your phone by checking the boxes next to the following options in the menu.
- Lock screen notifications: Your phone screen will turn on and display a notification each time you receive a Snap.
- Notification light: Your phone's flash will blink when you receive a Snap.
- Vibrator: Your phone will vibrate each time you receive a Snap.
- Sound alert: The device will play a sound when you receive a Snap.
- Alarm: Your phone will ring when you receive an audio or video call on Snapchat.
Step 6. Return to the menu
Press the back button (the left-facing arrow at the top of the page). Your chosen notification options will be saved and you will be returned to the settings menu.
Method 2 of 3: Enable notifications on an iPhone
Step 1. Open settings
Access your phone's settings menu by tapping on the gray cog icon:
. It is usually found on the device's home screen.
Step 2. Select Notifications
The option can be found near the top of the settings menu.
Step 3. Tap Snapchat
The applications are displayed in alphabetical order. Scroll down the menu until you find the option Snapchat under the letter S.
Step 4. Enable notifications
Press the white button
next to the option Allow notifications. It will turn green (
), which indicates that notifications are enabled for Snapchat.
Step 5. Configure notifications
If the other options in the notifications menu for Snapchat have a white button in front of them, tap the buttons of the ones you want to activate. The options are as follows.
- Sounds: Your phone will play a sound you choose for Snapchat when you receive a Snap or other notification from the app.
- Badge on app icon: a small red circle containing a number will appear on the Snapchat icon when you have Snaps pending. The number indicates the number of pending Snaps.
- Show on locked screen: Snapchat notifications will appear even when the device screen is locked.
- In the history: pending Snapchat notifications will appear in the menu Historical which you can open by swiping down from the top of the screen.
- In the form of banners: Notifications sent by the application will be displayed at the top of the iPhone screen when it is unlocked.
Step 6. Choose a banner type
Under the option In the form of banners, select Temporary Where Persistent. You will only see these two options if you have enabled In the form of banners.
- If you select Temporary, notifications will appear briefly at the top of the screen before disappearing. If you select Persistent, notifications will remain displayed until you remove them by swiping your finger over them.
Step 7. Enable or disable previews
This will determine whether you can preview the content of Snapchat notifications. Swipe down and tap Show previews then select one of the following options.
- Always (default): You will still see the previews for Snaps (for example, “Thomas writes…”).
- If unlocked: You will see the previews only when your iPhone is unlocked.
- Deactivated: You will never see a preview for a Snap.
Step 8. Exit the menu
Exit the settings menu. Your choices will be saved and your iPhone will display the notifications as you set them up for Snapchat.
Method 3 of 3: Enable notifications on Android
Step 1. Open your settings
Tap the settings icon on your phone. It represents a white cog on a colored background:
. You will access the settings menu of your smartphone.
Step 2. Tap Applications
Swipe down until you find the option. It's in the middle of the settings menu. You will access a list of applications in your phone.
The icon next to the option represents Android's little robot
Step 3. Select Snapchat
The list of applications is in alphabetical order. Scroll down until you find Snapchat under the letter S.
Step 4. Tap Notifications
The option is in the middle of the page. This will open the Snapchat notifications menu.
Step 5. Enable previews
Press the gray button
next to the option Message preview. It will turn blue:
. This means that your phone will briefly display notifications from Snapchat when you receive them.
- If you want to receive notifications from Snapchat even when you are in 'Do not disturb' mode, also activate the option Priority.
- Make sure that the option To block is not activated.
Step 6. Exit the menu
Tap the back arrow at the top left of the screen. You should now receive notifications from Snapchat as configured on your Android smartphone.
- If you do not see the heading Notifications for Snapchat in your phone settings or don't see any notification option in this topic, try uninstalling and reinstalling the app to fix the problem.