I spend a lot of time on Pinterest, which is really fun, but the notifications on my Samsung Galaxy S5 are driving me crazy. It’s non-stop. I don’t want to turn it off completely, however, I just want the important Pinterest notifications, not everything. How do I tweak my Android phone to slow the notifications down?
Turns out that the best way to customize what notifications you’re getting on your smartphone, whether it’s an Android phone like the HTC One or Galaxy S4, or an iOS like the iPhone 6 Plus, is to use your Web browser on your computer rather than fiddling with your smartphone at all. Which you should appreciate, because if you’re like me, you’ll probably find that you’re a lot faster working on your computer than your mobile device.
Either way, it’s important to realize that Pinterest gives you a lot of ability to customize because there are a crazy large number of options you can tweak and change, even just in terms of notifications, both those sent via email and those that show up on your mobile device.
Let’s start at the beginning, though. Using your Mac or PC, go to the Pinterest home page and look on the top right. It’ll look like this:
Used to be you could get to the Settings area directly, but now you need to click on your name, then…
Click on “Account settings” then scroll down.
Until you find this:
Click on the link Edit push notification settings to see the huge list of things you can tweak and change.
Here’s the first half of the options:
As you can see, I have everything checked by default, from the really important ones like “Mentions you” to the less interesting like “Likes your Pin.” I mean, if you’re doing it right, your Pinterest Pins should be generating lots of likes and repins. But do you need to see every single notification?
The lower half of the Push Notifications window on Pinterest has a lot of what I consider far less important too:
Honestly, a lot of these can easily be disabled, like “Stuff you might like”. Really, Pinterest?
Go through the list and uncheck things you don’t think are critical for you to receive on your mobile device and you should be a happy Pinterest pinner again!