How to Turn Off Google Plus Community Notification Email

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Are Google Plus Community notification emails flooding your inbox? The Google Plus Community feature helps people connect, discuss, and share about topics which is great, but too much of a good thing is well…too much! Good news. You can turn off these notifications in your Google Plus Community settings and you can control what emails and notifications you are sent in  your Google Plus Profile settings. Be sure to check both using the instructions below for the device type you are using.

NOTE: This article has been updated to reflect instructions for the early 2016 version of Google Plus interface.

Google Plus Community Notification Email Settings

To turn off (or on) your Google Plus Community Notifications:

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  • Log into your Google+ account.
  • On the left hand side, click Communities.
  • In the center of the heading, look for “You Might Like”, “Member”, and “Yours”. Click “Member” to display communities for which you are already a member.
  • Click the name of the community you want to change.
  • In the upper right hand corner of the community banner, click the  google plus settings icon icon to select Community Settings.
  • Under “Community notifications”, move the button slider to the left to turn off notifications.
  • To change community notification settings for other communities:

    • Exit the settings by clicking “Close” at bottom right of dialog box.

    • Click the back button of your browser to return to the Communities page.

    • Select a community you want to change and repeat.

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  • Log into your Google+ account.
  • In upper left hand corner, touch the mobile menu  google + mobile menu .
  • Select Communities from the drop-down menu.
  • In the center of the heading, look for “You Might Like”, “Member”, and “Yours”. Click “Member” to display communities for which you are already a member.
  • Touch the community you want to change.
  • In the upper right hand corner of the community banner, touch the google plus settings icon icon to select Community Settings. (It may be hard to see if the community cover photo is a light color.)
  • Under “Community notifications”, move the button slider to the left to turn off notifications.
  • To change community notification settings for other communities:
    • Exit the settings using the “X” on the upper left hand side.
    • Touch the back arrow to return to the Communities page.
    • Select a community you want to change and repeat.

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  • It is not possible to change Google Plus Community notification settings from within the Google Plus app.
  • Please see the Mobile Browser instructions above.

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  • It is not possible to change Google Plus Community notification settings from within the Google Plus app.
  • Please see the Mobile Browser instructions above.

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To change your Google Plus profile notification settings:

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  • Log into your Google+ account.
  • In the upper right-hand corner, click on the circle with your photo in it.
  • Select “Google+ Profile”.
  • On the left-hand menu, select “Settings”.
  • Scroll down to the middle of the long page of settings to the Notifications section.
  • how to set google plus profile email notificationsClick on the down arrow next to “Communities” to expand its settings.
  • Slide the button on the slider to the left to turn off notifications for community invitations or for shares.
  • Take a look at the other types of notification settings while you are there and make adjustments as needed.
  • Tip: Each time something is changed, it is effective immediately and there is no need to save.

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[toggle title=”In a Mobile Browser (like Safari)”]

  • Log into your Google+ account.
  • In upper left hand corner, touch the mobile menu  google + mobile menu .
  • Touch “Settings”.
  • Scroll down to the middle of the long page of settings to the Notifications section.
  • Touch “Communities” to expand its settings.
  • Slide the button on the slider to the left to turn off notifications for community invitations or for shares.
  • Take a look at the other types of notification settings while you are there and make adjustments as needed.
  • Tip: Each time something is changed, it is effective immediately and there is no need to save.

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  • Open the Google+ app  google plus app icon.
  • Touch the menu icon  google + mobile menu , then select Settings.
  • Touch Notifications.
  • Touch “Communities”.
  • Slide the button on the slider to the left to turn off notifications for community invitations or for shares.

  • Take a look at the other types of notification settings while you are there and make adjustments as needed.

  • Tip: Each time something is changed, it is effective immediately and there is no need to save.

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[toggle title=”On an Android app”]

  • Open the Google+ app  google plus app icon.
  • Touch the menu icon google + mobile menu , then select Settings.
  • Touch Notifications.
  • Touch “Communities”.
  • Slide the button on the slider to the left to turn off notifications for community invitations or for shares.
  • Take a look at the other types of notification settings while you are there and make adjustments as needed.
  • Tip: Each time something is changed, it is effective immediately and there is no need to save.

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Did these tips help you tame Google+ emails while using Google Plus Communities and other featurs? Let us know your tips for controlling Google Plus community notification email settings. Comment below!

By Wanda Anglin

Wanda Anglin has a passion to help businesses and non-profits reach their goals by attracting more of the right website visitors. Her empathy and understanding for small business challenges comes from a background in project management, sales support, accounting, and business ownership. When not helping clients, Wanda is traveling, fixing her home, or tending to her 900 trees (really).

18 comments

  1. Much appreciated such a great amount for posting this. I have an inverse issue however. I have email notices checked (turned on), yet I am not getting warnings in the event that it’s a Google+ remark on my post.

  2. Much obliged to you for your answer. Yes, I was precisely saying that. Also, I checked my Junk mail organizer yet the Google+ remarks are not there 🙁 I utilize hotmail and my email location is right on my Account page.

  3. “Much appreciated such a great amount for posting this. I have an inverse issue however. I have email notices checked (turned on), yet I am not getting warnings in the event that it’s a Google+ remark on my post. I truly loved getting informed by email on the off chance that I had another remark yet in the wake of empowering Google+ remarks, I never know whether I have another remark or not. Any tips would be welcomed.

  4. Wanda I have an opposite problem.

    How do I stop email notifications from being sent to other people when I post in google plus?

    I have tried unchecking the different circles and signing out of hanging out but they are still be sent.

    Thanks

    1. Hi, Brent. Thanks for dropping by. Actually others control whether they receive post emails or not. Each user must decide in their own settings how they want to be notified (or not) for each of their circles. If you want to minimize who is notified of a post, just select the one or two circles to share your posts. If you just want to post to your own stream rather than posting to your circles, I guess you could create a circle that has no followers and only share with that circle. But the whole point of sharing is to share. Perhaps if you have people in your circles complaining about receiving emails, you can share this tip with them: Log into google and then go to https://plus.google.com/settings. Check the settings under the “Receive notifications” section. This is where people can control what they receive emails for. Hope this helps.

    1. Try this to to turn off any or all Google+ e-mail alerts:
      Step 1: Click on the drop-down beside your profile photo at the top right-hand corner in Google+.
      Step 2: Click on Account link in the pop-up menu.
      Step 3: Click on Google+ from the menu on the left side.
      Step 4: In the new page that opens, scroll down to the Alerts area. You can change the checkboxes next to events you do or do not want to receive e-mails for.
      Note: This is also where you can adjust the alerts that appear on your phone.

      Hope that helps!

  5. Wanda,
    Thank you for this helpful post. It was EXACTLY the information I needed. I appreciate it. I will be back. Would love to know more about your travels and your 900 trees!
    Lisa

    ps. best to email me at lisa (@) WeSaidGoTravel (dot) com because I turned all my notifications OFF!
    🙂

  6. Thanks so much for posting this. I have an opposite problem though. I have email notifications checked (turned on), but I am not getting notifications if it’s a Google+ comment on my post. I really liked getting notified by email if I had a new comment but after enabling Google+ comments, I never know if I have a new comment or not. Any tips would be appreciated.

    Maya

    1. Hello…thanks for dropping by! Are you saying that you logged in to Google Account settings and under the “Receive notifications” section, you checked “Comments on a post I created”? If that is the case, take a look at that same settings page to ensure that your email (and phone number, if applicable) are correct. If so, then check your email’s spam folder. If you find G+ emails in there, be sure to whitelist them so they don’t keep going to spam. Let me know if any of this helps.

      1. Thank you for your reply. Yes, I was exactly saying that. And I did check my Junk mail folder but the Google+ comments are not there 🙁 I use hotmail and my email address is correct on my Account page.

  7. Google+ has a significant problem with Communities in terms of notifications. The communities flood you mail box with enormous amount of notifications and there is no way to turn JUST email notifications off – it’s either all (emails and alerts) or none. Should be the way to turn off emails but leave alerts.

    1. Thanks for commenting, Eugene. i could not agree more. Lately I have heard on almost every Google-related webinar that continual changes and improvements across Gooogle+ are expected to happen over the next few months. I will say that I have had some good experiences already in the Communities so I am trying to visit them regularly, but now am considering setting up a filter to catch all @olus emails to put them in a folder so I can keep them out of my inbox, but review them a couple of times a week. I, too, am looking forward to a better solution.

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