Enable or disable notifications in Yahoo Messenger

Notifications are alerts that inform you when you receive new messages and invitations in Yahoo Messenger. Here's how to turn notifications on and off.

Yahoo Messenger for iOS

Turn notifications on

  1. Tap the Settings icon Image for the settings icon. above your list of conversations.
  2. Tap Enable Notifications.
  3. Tap OK to confirm. (If you previously turned notifications off and want to turn them back on, you'll see a "Settings" button instead of an "OK" button. If you don't see an "OK" button, tap Settings to review and update your notification preferences.)

The "Enable Notifications" option goes away after notifications are turned on.

Turn notifications off

  1. Go to the Settings on your phone (not Yahoo Messenger settings).
  2. Tap Messenger in the list of apps.
  3. Tap Notifications.
  4. To disable all notifications, tap the on/off switch next to Allow Notifications. To disable only certain notifications, tap the on/off switch next to the notifications you want to turn off.

Yahoo Messenger for Android

Turn notifications on

  1. Go to the Settings on your phone (not Yahoo Messenger settings).
  2. Under the "Device" heading, tap Apps or Application manager.
  3. Tap Messenger.
  4. Select Show notifications if it's not already selected.
  5. Go to Yahoo Messenger.
  6. Tap the Settings icon Image for the settings icon. above your list of conversations.
  7. Review and update your notification settings.
    • Vibrate - When enabled, your phone will vibrate when you get a new message.
    • Lights - When enabled, the LED light on your phone will blink when you get a new message.
    • Sound - When enabled, your phone will make a sound when you get a new message.
    • Alert me - Receive alerts for every message or once per conversation.

Turn notifications off

To disable all notifications:

  1. Go to the Settings on your phone (not Yahoo Messenger settings).
  2. Under the "Device" heading, tap Apps or Application manager.
  3. Tap Messenger.
  4. Deselect Show notifications.
  5. Tap OK to confirm.

To disable only certain notifications:

  1. Tap the Settings icon Image for the settings icon. above your list of conversations.
  2. Tap the on/off switch next to the notifications you want to turn off.

Yahoo Messenger for Windows

Turn notifications on

Click File | Preferences | Enable notifications.

When notifications are turned on, a checkmark will be shown beside "Enable notifications." If no checkmark is shown, notifications are turned off.

Turn notifications off

Click File | Preferences | Enable notifications.

When notifications are turned off, a checkmark won't be shown beside "Enable notifications." If a checkmark is there, notifications are turned on.

 To mute notifications for a specific person or group but keep notifications enabled for everyone else, click the Settings icon Image for the conversation settings icon. in the conversation to change the notification settings for that conversation.

Yahoo Messenger for Mac

Turn notifications on

Click Yahoo Messenger | Preferences | Enable notifications.

When notifications are turned on, a checkmark will be shown beside "Enable notifications." If no checkmark is shown, notifications are turned off.

Turn notifications off

Click Yahoo Messenger | Preferences | Enable notifications.

When notifications are turned off, a checkmark won't be shown beside "Enable notifications." If a checkmark is there, notifications are turned on.

 To mute notifications for a specific person or group but keep notifications enabled for everyone else, click the Settings icon Image for the conversation settings icon. in the conversation to change the notification settings for that conversation.

Yahoo Messenger for Web

Turn notifications on

When you open Yahoo Messenger in your browser, you'll see a message at the top of the screen asking you to enable notifications. Click Allow or Always Receive Notifications.

If you don't see this message or accidentally closed it, try refreshing the page.

If the message still doesn't show up, check your browser settings to make sure you didn't accidentally block notifications from Yahoo. Follow the links below for instructions on accessing the notification settings in your browser.

Turn notifications off

Follow the links below for instructions on turning notifications off in your browser.

 To mute notifications for a specific person or group but keep notifications enabled for everyone else, click the Settings icon Image for the conversation settings icon. in the conversation to change the notification settings for that conversation.

Yahoo Messenger in Yahoo Mail

Turn notifications on

When you open Yahoo Messenger in Yahoo Mail and click the Yahoo Messenger icon Graphic of Messenger icon., you'll see a message at the top of the screen asking you to enable notifications. Click Allow or Always Receive Notifications.

If you don't see this message or accidentally closed it, try refreshing the page and clicking the Yahoo Messenger icon Graphic of Messenger icon. again.

If the message still doesn't show up, check your browser settings to make sure you didn't accidentally block notifications from Yahoo. Follow the links below for instructions on accessing the notification settings in your browser.

Turn notifications off

Follow the links below for instructions on turning notifications off in your browser.