Stop Snapchat From Driving You Crazy: The Complete Guide to Turning Off Notifications

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We get it – Snapchat notifications can be seriously overwhelming. The constant barrage of pings and pop-ups whenever someone posts a story, sends a snap, or starts typing is enough to drive anyone crazy. But what can you do about it? Just grin and bear the notification overload?

Not a chance. In this comprehensive guide, you‘ll learn how to take back control and turn off Snapchat notifications once and for all.

Here‘s what we‘ll cover:

  • The easiest way to disable Snapchat notifications
  • Managing notifications in Snapchat vs your device settings
  • Customizing notifications for stories, messages, group chats, and more
  • Turning off typing indicators from specific friends
  • Understanding the psychology behind notifications
  • Pro tips for achieving notification zen

Let‘s get started!

The Easiest Way to Turn Off Snapchat Notifications

Want the quick one-sentence answer for how to turn off Snapchat notifications?

Open Snapchat settings and toggle the notifications switch off.

Yep, it‘s that simple! By disabling the master notification switch in Snapchat, you instantly stop all notifications – stories, snaps, messages, friend suggestions, the works. It‘s notification nirvana!

Now let‘s look at how to do this in a bit more detail…

Step-by-Step Guide to Turning Off Snapchat Notifications

  1. Open the Snapchat app and tap your profile pic
  2. Tap the Settings gear icon
  3. Select ‘Notifications‘
  4. Toggle the main notifications switch to the off position

And that‘s all it takes! Four quick steps to notification freedom.

Once you flip that switch, your phone will finally stop buzzing and beeping every time someone does anything on Snapchat. Peace and quiet at last!

Now let‘s explore some of the other notification management options at your disposal…

Notification Overload – By The Numbers

Before we dive in, let‘s ponder just how out-of-control notifications have become:

  • The average person receives 63.5 notifications per day. That‘s a distraction every 15 minutes!
  • Over 50% of smartphone users report feeling "addicted" to notifications.
  • Frequent notifications increase heart rate and stress levels.
  • Snapchat itself sends over 5 billion snaps per day. That‘s a whole lot of pinging!

So if you feel overwhelmed, you‘re not alone. Our brains simply aren‘t built to handle this level of digital bombardment.

Luckily, by carefully managing your Snapchat notifications, you can reclaim focus and stay cool, calm, and collected. Now let‘s explore how…

Customizing Snapchat Notifications in the App vs Device Settings

You have two main options for controlling Snapchat notifications:

  1. In the Snapchat app itself
  2. In your overall device notification settings

Let‘s compare the pros and cons:

Notification Method Pros Cons
Snapchat Settings – Tailored specifically for Snapchat – Easier to make nuanced changes – Syncs across devices – Need to update separately for every app – Can‘t mass disable all apps
Device Settings – Control all apps in one place – True notification Zen! – Less custom Snapchat options – Doesn‘t sync across devices

As you can see, both options have their place! Here are my recommendations:

  • Use Snapchat settings for finer tuning of specific Snapchat alerts.
  • Use device settings for mass disabling when you need a full digital detox.

Now let‘s see how to manage notifications using each method…

Customizing Snapchat Notifications in the App

Diving into the Snapchat settings gives you tons of customization options. Here‘s how to tweak them to your preferences:

Turning Off Story Notifications

Tap into ‘Story Notifications‘ and toggle stories from specific friends on or off. This way you won‘t get alerted every time James posts his 43rd snap of the day!

Disabling Message Notifications

Sick of being notified every time you get a chat message? Tap ‘Message Notifications‘ and disable some or all conversations.

Silencing Group Chats

Group chats blowing up your phone? Open a group, press and hold the name, then toggle ‘Message Notifications‘ to silent. Sweet, sweet relief.

Blocking Suggested Friends

Tired of being notified whenever Snapchat thinks you should be friends with some random person? Disable ‘New Friends‘ notifications.

Stopping Event Snapshots

Event Snapshots can bombard you with photos and videos from nearby happenings. Shut them up by toggling off ‘Event Snapshots.‘

And that‘s just the beginning! Dive into each notification type to tailor things exactly how you like.

Managing Snapchat Notifications in Your Device Settings

For even more control, head to the notification settings on your iPhone, Android device, iPad or other mobile device.

Here you can often disable notifications entirely or set specific hours when they are disabled, like at night or on weekends.

Let‘s look at how on iOS and Android devices specifically:

iOS Notification Settings

Open Settings > Notifications > Snapchat. From here you can:

  • Turn off Sounds and Badges to eliminate noise and app icons.
  • Disable Show on Lock Screen to prevent notifications when phone is locked.
  • Customize notification types like Stories and Messages.
  • Turn off ALL Snapchat notifications with one tap!

Android Notification Settings

Open Settings > Apps & Notifications > Snapchat. You can then:

  • Block or Silent notifications entirely.
  • Customize lock screen notifications.
  • Set priority levels like Low, Medium or High.
  • Control specific notification channels like Friends, Stories, Discover.

So in summary, make use of BOTH the Snapchat app settings and your overall device settings to fully take control of your notifications!

How To Turn Off Snapchat Typing Indicators for Specific Friends

One tricky Snapchat notification you can‘t fully disable is the typing indicator that appears when friends are messaging you.

Annoying, right? But fortunately, you CAN remove these for specific friends:

  1. Open your Snapchat chats
  2. Long press on a friend‘s name
  3. Tap ‘Message Notifications‘ then switch to ‘Silent‘

Follow those steps to stop typing pop-ups from distracting friends. Much better!

Now that we‘ve covered the HOW, let‘s explore the WHY behind notifications and your mental health…

Why Snapchat Notifications Are So Addictive – The Science

If you feel addicted to Snapchat notifications, you‘re not alone. Social media and tech companies use powerful psychology to make them irresistible:

1. Random Rewards

You never know WHEN you‘ll get a notification. This unpredictability releases dopamine when they finally arrive, keeping you hooked.

2. Fear of Missing Out (FOMO)

Notifications tap into our innate human FOMO. We‘re scared to miss anything important our friends are sharing!

3. Social Reciprocity

When someone engages with YOUR content, you feel obligated to return the favor – fueling further notification-checking.

4. Intermittent Reinforcement

Random notifications condition us like gamblers waiting for slot machine payouts. Will THIS pull give me something exciting??

Understanding these psychology tricks is the first step to breaking free. Muting notifications helps reclaim cognitive control.

Notification Zen: Tips for Finding Peace

Now that you know how to disable Snapchat notifications, here are my top tips for achieving full-on notification zen:

  • Take occasional "notification detox days" – leave your phone in another room for hours at a time.
  • When you get a notification, pause before reacting. Don‘t be a Pavlovian dog!
  • Delete distracting apps like Facebook and Instagram. Can‘t notify you if not installed!
  • Set your phone to wind down/do not disturb mode at night.
  • Charge your phone outside the bedroom so it doesn‘t wake you.
  • Schedule blocks of time in your calendar for focused work. Hide your phone away during these.
  • Learn to recognize your unconscious urge to check notifications. Then…don‘t act on it!

Try those tips and I‘m confident you‘ll gain much greater peace, focus, and happiness in your life. No app notification is worth constant distraction and stress.

You‘ve got this!

Turn Off Snapchat Notifications – FAQs

Let‘s wrap up with answers to some frequently asked questions about disabling Snapchat notifications:

Will my friends know if I turn off their Snapchat notifications?

Nope! This is completely invisible to others on Snapchat.

What‘s the best way to mute group chat notifications?

Long press the group name, select Customize Notifications, and then disable Sounds, Preview Messages, etc.

How do I turn off Snapchat notifications on an iPad?

Open Settings > Notifications > Snapchat and toggle them off or select custom options.

Can I temporarily mute Snapchat notifications without fully disabling them?

Yes! You can schedule downtime in Digital Wellbeing (Android) or Screen Time (iOS) to automatically mute notifications during certain hours or days.

What happens if I turn off ALL Snapchat notifications?

You won‘t get any visual, sound, or vibration alerts. To see new snaps, stories or messages, you‘ll need to manually open the app.

And there you have it – everything you need to know about taking back control of your Snapchat notifications! I highly encourage you to try turning them off for an extended "digital detox." The relaxation and renewed focus you‘ll gain just might surprise you.

It‘s time to mute those pings for good. Here‘s to notification zen!


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.