Posted for the First Time in a While? Here’s How to Turn It Off

Instagram Posted For The First Time in a While

As an instagram user, you’ve had periods where you’ve gone months or even years without posting on your profile, which includes normal posts and stories.

Haven’t Posted in Awhile Instagram meaning

You may sometimes see an Instagram notification like “(username) posted for the first time in awhile”. After seeing this, you may be wondering why Instagram gave you this notification and how long it’s been since they posted for instagram to give out this notification.

Luckily for you, I have answers.

Side Note: This message is also similar to the ‘Added to Their Story’ notifications so if you want to avoid that too, I’ve done an article on it.

How to Turn Off Posted for the First Time in a While

You cannot stop instagram from sending these notifications out to your Instagram followers. If you go long enough without posting, your followers will get this notification when you post again, and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.

It’s recommended to not really worry about it, because they’ll probably know you didn’t mean to give out this notification on purpose.

Chances are, they won’t even notice or care about this notification unless they care about your profile. Unless you post to your Instagram every day and don’t stop, you can’t stop this message from going out to your followers; it’s up to them to turn off the notification.

It is entirely possible to turn off this notification, so you won’t see it anymore. It’s understandable to want to do this, as these notifications can be quite annoying, especially when you don’t care about the Instagram account in question. Here’s how to turn it off!

How to Turn Off “Posted for the First Time in a While”

While you can’t stop this notification from going out to others, you can block the notification from going to you. To do this,

1. Open your Instagram app.

2. Head to your Instagram profile by pressing your profile picture located in the bottom right corner.

3. Now, at the top right corner of the screen, press the 3 stacked lines. Next, tap “Settings”.

4. Scroll down to “Push Notification Settings”.

5. From here, you can choose which notifications you’d like to turn off. To make sure you don’t get this notification, turn off “First Posts and Stories”.

We also recommend turning off “Friends on Instagram”, but it’s all up to you to pick and choose what Instagram notifications you would no longer like to see. You can even turn off all notifications from this menu; it’s all up to you.

And that’s about it! After applying these settings, you should not get any more of these notifications from Instagram.

Does Instagram Notify When You Post for the First Time

After not posting on Instagram for a while, when you return, your followers will be told you posted for the first time in a while. When they press the notification, they’ll be brought to your new Instagram post where they can like and comment like usual.

The reason this notification will go out is to regain traffic to your Instagram, and if you have a large following this can give you a huge boost in impressions from those who haven’t seen you in a while.

How Many Days of Not Posting on Instagram Does it Take For Instagram to Send a “Posted For The First Time in a While” Notification to Your Followers?

There is not a specific amount of time that has to go by of not posting for this notification to happen, but it depends how much you post to Instagram. For example, if you usually post every day, then suddenly don’t post for a week, it’s likely your followers will get this notification.

However, if you post once every few weeks, it may take at least a month of not posting for this notification to go out. A general time frame of how long you’d have to go without posting is anywhere between 1 to 3 weeks, or months, depending on how active you are.

If you are planning some sort of big post you want your followers to see, it may be a good idea to wait until you think your followers will receive this notification.

Does Instagram Send Notifications If You Don’t Post in a While?

If you don’t post regularly and suddenly decide to post, Instagram will promote your post to some of your high engaging followers by sending them a notification saying that you just posted a photo or video for the first time in a while. This allows your first post in a while to get promoted so the engagement from your last post doesn’t change much onto your new post.

Tip: If you want to post on Instagram without anyone seeing, then Instagram makes this possible.

Instagram doesn’t send this notification to everyone, only your highest engaging followers. If you’ve never posted a photo or video before, Instagram will also notify people that you just posted for the first time.

Your followers don’t have to have post notifications turned on just to see these notifications, they’re notified automatically so that your first post in a while can get a small engagement boost.

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.


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