Instagram Stories might be beating Snapchat at its own game, but it’s not without its faults.
Most glaringly, it includes one of Facebook’s most grating features: live video. Live broadcasts can be cool — and they’re not as intrusive on IG as they are on Facebook — but you probably shouldn’t subject all of your followers to a livestream unless something really exciting is going down.
Live video arguably goes against the whole appeal of Stories, and Instagram on the whole: meticulously curating the most hyper-visual aspects of your life for your followers. So if you’re sick of getting pinged every time one of your favorite accounts bucks that purpose and starts a broadcast, you’re going to want to mute your notifications.
It’s really easy to shut off the pop-ups. Just follow these simple steps.
First, head over to your profile tab. From there, tap the gear in the top right corner to pull up the Options menu.
Then, scroll down the list of Settings, where you’ll find Push Notification Settings. Push on that next.
Finally, tick the checkmark from “On” to “Off.” That’s it.
If you really feel like tailoring your IG experience, you can also turn off post and story notifications, as well those annoying messages that tell you about Facebook friends you’re not following on Insta. Just don’t accidentally switch off your “like” notifications, or you’ll lose your entire source of digital gratification.