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Top 7 Ways to Fix Instagram Notification Sound Not Working

by Parth Shah
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Do you frequently get Instagram notifications without any sound? You may miss important messages, new activities from friends and family, or posts from your favorite celebrities on Instagram. Here’s how you can fix the Instagram notification sound not working on iPhone and Android.

We will go through the basics first and move to advanced tricks to fix notification sound not working on Instagram. Without further ado, let’s get started.

1. Check Notification Volume

The first order of business is to check the default app notification volume on iPhone and Android. You should maximize the notification volume to miss any new Instagram alerts.


1. Open Settings on your iPhone.

2. Select Sounds & Haptics.

Open sound on iPhone

3. Use the volume slider to increase the ringtone and alert volume.

increase ringer volume on iPhone

You can also use volume buttons on iPhone to increase notification alert sound.


1. Open Settings on your Android phone.

2. Select Sound & vibration.

open sound on android

3. Use the slider to level up the Ring & notification volume.

ring and notification volume on Android

2. Disable Mute

If your phone is on vibrate or mute, you won’t get an app notification sound on iPhone or Android. While the former offers a dedicated mute switch, you must use volume buttons to change the ringer profile on Android.

You might have enabled mute on your phone in a business meeting or theatre and forgot to set it back to general.

On your iPhone, use the mute switch on the side and enable Ringer mode. Android users can press any volume key to enable the volume menu from the sides. Tap the notification icon and select ringer profile to enable calls and notification sound.

ringer profile on android

There are many ways to turn off silent mode on Samsung Galaxy phones.

3. Check Sound Settings for Instagram

If the Instagram notification sound is silent, you won’t hear any alert on your phone.


1. Open Settings on your iPhone and scroll to Instagram.

open instagram settings on iPhone

2. Select Notifications.

instagram notifications on iPhone

3. Enable the Sounds toggle.

enable instagram notification sound on iPhone


1. Long-tap on the Instagram app icon to open the info menu.

instagram app info menu

2. Select Notifications.

select instagram notifications on android

3. Select a notification type.

open notification type on android

4. Tap Default. You can open the Sound menu to set a custom Instagram alert too.

default sound notification for instagram

4. Unmute Conversations

When you mute annoying conversations on Instagram, you won’t get notifications or any sound in the app. The messages will only appear when you check the app’s DM (direct messages) menu. You must unmute important conversations on Instagram.

Note: Instagram for iPhone and Android uses an identical UI. We will use the Instagram iOS app in the screenshots below. You can follow the same steps on Android to unmute conversations.

1. Open Instagram on your phone.

2. Move to the messages inbox.

open instagram DMs

3. Select a conversation.

open instagram messages

4. Tap the recipient’s name at the top.

select instagram contact

5. Disable Mute messages, Mute calls, and Mute chat activity notification toggles.

disable mute messages on Instagram

5. Disable Focus and Do Not Disturb

When you keep your iPhone and Android on Focus or Do Not Disturb, you won’t get notifications and alert sounds. Even when you disable Focus or DND, the system will share all notifications without sound.

On iPhone, you can swipe down from the top right corner and disable Focus. Android users can swipe down from the top to turn off DND mode.

If you want to work without interruptions, you can keep using Focus or DND and add Instagram as an exception to receive real-time notifications with sound.   


1. Open Settings on your iPhone.

2. Select Focus.

open focus on iPhone

3. Open your preferred focus profile.

select focus profile

4. Select Apps and tap + icon to open the installed apps menu.

open apps ion focus

5. Select Instagram from the following menu and tap Done at the top.

From now on, you will continue to receive Instagram notifications with sound during an active Focus mode.


1. Open Sound & vibration on your Android phone (refer to the steps above).

2.  Tap Do Not Disturb and select Apps from the following menu.

open do not disturb on Android

3. Tap Add apps and select Instagram from the list.

open apps menu on do not distub

4. Enable Allow all notifications toggle.

allow instagram notifications in do not disturb

6. Remove Instagram from Scheduled Summary (iPhone)

Announced with iOS 15, Scheduled Summary allows you to schedule irrelevant app notifications at a convenient time. If you have added Instagram to Scheduled Summary, you will receive app notifications at set times without sound. You must remove Instagram from Scheduled Summary on iPhone.

1. Open Settings on your iPhone.

2. Scroll to Notifications.

open notifications on Instagram

3. Select Scheduled Summary.

open scheduled summary

4. Disable the Instagram toggle from the following menu.

remove instagram from scheduled summary

7. Update Instagram

A recent bug in the Instagram app build might leave you with silent notifications on your phone. Head to the Google Play Store or App Store to install the latest Instagram update.

Never Miss an Instagram Alert

While Instagram is feature-rich, the app failing at basics like notification sound not working may leave you with a sour taste. Instead of reinstalling the app, use the tricks above and fix the problem in no time.

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