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Notifications on mobile devices

Mobile notifications are updates and information sent to your mobile device, alerting you to what’s happening on Twitter.

You can choose which notifications you want to receive:

Twitter makes it easy to control which types of mobile notifications you want to enable. Below is a list of some of the notification types you can elect to receive:

  • Mentions of your account (including photos you are tagged in)
  • Retweets of your Tweets
  • Likes
  • Polls
  • New followers
  • Direct Messages
  • Your contacts who join Twitter
  • Recommendations
  • Moments
  • Crisis and emergency alerts
  • First look at new features
  • Turn on Tweet notifications from accounts you follow whose Tweets you don’t want to miss.

Choose between two types of notifications

You can opt to have mobile notifications delivered in one of two ways:

Push notifications delivered through the Twitter for iOS app:

To adjust push notifications:

  1. From your profile, tap the gear icon
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Under Notifications, tap Mobile notifications and select which types of notifications you would like to receive. 
    (Tip: Check out our iOS troubleshooting instructions here.)


To receive Tweet notifications from accounts you follow:

  1. Visit the profile of the account you wish to receive notifications from.
  2. From their profile, tap the gear icon 
  3. Tap Turn on notifications.


To view and/or cancel Tweet notifications from accounts you follow:

  1. From your profile, tap the gear icon
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Under Notifications, tap Mobile notifications
  4. Tap Tweets.
  5. To cancel notifications, drag the slider next to the account name to turn the setting off.
    (Note: You can also cancel notification alerts by tapping the gear icon from the account profile page and selecting Turn off notifications.)

Push notifications delivered through the Twitter for Android app:

Please update to the latest version of Twitter for Android now available from Google Play. The app may take a few minutes to reflect changes you've made to your notification settings.

To adjust push notifications:

  1. Tap on the overflow iconand select Settings.
  2. Tap Notifications.
  3. Tap Mobile notifications and select which types of notifications you would like to receive.


To receive Tweet notifications from accounts you follow:

  1. Visit the profile of the account you wish to receive notifications from.
  2. From their profile, tap the star icon


To view and/or cancel Tweet notifications from accounts you follow:

  1. Tap on the overflow iconand select Settings.
  2. Under Notifications, tap Mobile notifications
  3. Tap Tweets.
  4. To cancel notifications, tick the box next to the account name to turn the setting off. 
    (Note: You can also cancel notification alerts by tapping the highlighted star iconfrom the account profile page.)


If you’ve reached the device limit for push notifications:

If you've received an error message letting you know you can only have 25 devices attached to your account, that means you've reached the limit and you won't be able to create new push destinations. You can clear push destinations that are no longer in use by following these steps:

  1. Sign in to twitter.com on a desktop or laptop computer.
  2. From your profile icon, click on Settings.
  3. Click on Apps.
  4. Revoke access to the Twitter for Android app.
  5. Next, visit your Apps settings on your Android mobile device.
  6. Select the Twitter app and tap Uninstall
    (Note: Your account is not deleted if you uninstall the app from your device.)
  7. Next, from your Android mobile device, visit the Google Play store and search for Twitter.
  8. Install the Twitter for Android app.
  9. Once you’ve opened the app and signed in to your account, visit your Settings to reset your push notifications.


Notifications on Kindle Fire or other tablet:

  • Notifications are not push compatible on tablets even if Twitter for Android is installed.
  • The notification setting relies on the sync setting and sync Interval to determine when the app pulls for new mentions, likes, Retweets, new followers, Direct Messages, or Tweets.
  • Notifications will only appear when the device is active; no notifications appear when the device's screen turns off or goes to standby, but will appear in the status bar once the device is activated.

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