Decide Who Can Notify You on Google+

Google have released a nice and much needed feature to Google+ allowing us to control who can notify us on the social network. I have to admit it’s been released with good timing as I’ve been subject to a couple of users spamming me with a different type of game notification throughout the day (who were swiftly removed from my circles). In previous posts I joked about creating an “ignore” circle but it seems that can be an automated reality now with this update as you block (in a sense) any notifications coming from within that circle.

The settings control who you will receive notifications from when they:

  • Share with you on an individual basis
  • Mention your name using the “+” feature
  • Invite you to a hangout
  • Invite you to play a game or send a message related to that game
  • Notify you about posts related to circles you are in
It’s really simple to change these settings, simply click the gear icon in the top right corner of your Google+ account and click on Google+ settings. Under the Who can interact with you and your posts  header, find the Who can send you notifications? option and click the button next to it to expand the options. You will now have a selection of categories you can select to receive notifications from including a Custom option to be more precise.
Control Google Plus Notification Options

By default this will be set as "Extended Circles"

6 comments for “Decide Who Can Notify You on Google+

  1. Ira
    October 11, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Hi Scott,

    Thanks for this awesome tutorial. I badly need this right now because some of my game allies keep on sending me requests.

    • October 12, 2011 at 9:31 am

      No problem Ira, I’m happy to help! I know the feeling as I had two guys sending me about 10 notifications each an hour which is no fun when it’s linked to your Gmail inbox.

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  2. Justine
    October 20, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks for the tips. Awesome:-)

    • October 20, 2011 at 2:11 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed them, thanks for the comment!

  3. D.
    November 1, 2011 at 3:28 am

    Very useful, thanks. Do you know how to stop G+ from sending notifications though? Each time I add someone to my circle that person receives a message from me. I should be able to control when messages are sent on my name…


    • November 1, 2011 at 10:23 am

      Hi D.

      Go to the gear button in the top right of your account and click on Google+ Settings, scroll down to Receive Notifications and you will see a list of boxes which can be checked. Remove the ticks from the options you don’t want to be notified by email.


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