How to Stop Instacart Ads Promo Notifications on iPhone

Nov 26, 2023 - 1 Comment

Stop annoying Instacart promotional ad notifications

The Instacart app for iPhone is convenient in that it allows you to shop for groceries and other items and have them delivered (if you live in a major city anyway), but like an ever-growing number of iPhone apps, it defaults to pelting you with annoying sales, promotional, and marketing notifications that are completely unrelated to your delivery or order experience.

Chances are decent that you don’t want to receive these promo notifications from Instacart, so let’s go about disabling the Instacart marketing/advertising promo notifications on your iPhone, while still keeping notifications that are actually useful for Instacart, like delivery and order updates.

How to Disable Instacart Marketing/Sales/Promo/Ad Notifications on iPhone

  1. Open the Instacart app
  2. Tap on the three stacked lines in the upper left corner to access the menu
  3. How to disable Instacart promo and marketing notifications on iPhone

  4. Choose “Account Settings”
  5. How to disable Instacart promo and marketing notifications on iPhone

  6. Choose “Notifications”
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  8. Under the ‘Marketing Updates’ section, turn off “Push notifications”
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And there you go, you’ll no longer receive obnoxious unsolicited sales notifications pestering your iPhone. While you can also enable Do Not Disturb mode on the iPhone to silence these (and all other) notifications, that’s really not an ideal option when you want to receive notifications for actually useful things like phone calls and texts.

If this feels like yet another app with yet another series of annoying sales and promotional notifications to disable, you’d be right. Unfortunately, since Apple started using the notifications system as a promotional sales and marketing engine for everything from Apple TV+ service, to Apple Arcade to the tabloid gossip heavily politicized News app, and to boost their ‘services’ revenue, many other apps have followed their lead, and there are now a near infinite number of apps that will pester you with annoying sales and marketing notifications that will distract and bother you with what are basically nothing but advertisements popping up on your iPhone. From the worst offenders like Nextdoor that make it nearly impossible to unsubscribe from their rubbish emails yet slightly easier for notifications, to obnoxious Uber promos and ad notifications, there are more and more apps (mis)using the notification system as a sales funnel.

Did you turn off the marketing notifications for Instacart? What do you think of apps using your iPhone notification system, which is intended to alert you to important things like phone calls and text messages, to push advertisements that are like annoying pop-up ads onto your iPhone? Do you like being harangued by advertisements through the Apple push notification system? Let us know your experiences, feelings, and thoughts in the comments. As you can tell, I personally am not a fan of this type of behavior, but let’s hear what you think!


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Posted by: Jamie Cuevas in iPhone, Tips & Tricks

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  1. arumi says:

    This actually might not be enough to prevent all ‘marketing’ push notifications. On android, in App Info > Notifications > Notification Categories I found I also had to disable Sales & Promotions.

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