IMDb Android Notifications Update

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Oct 13 update: we've released a new Android version (7.2.0) with updates to reduce the frequency of notifications, make it easier to turn them off, and fix some bugs. Thanks for all of your feedback!  

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We’ve updated our push notification options, now available on Android phones and tablets, version 7.1.4. This version will be rolling out over the next few days. 

You can receive push notifications for a variety of topics. Choose from Tips and Tricks, Featured Trailers, New in Theaters, Trending Now, and Awards and Events News.  Update your notification choices anytime by tapping the profile icon on the top right of every page, then visiting Settings.  Notifications will also display inside the app.  Look for the Notifications tab available from the homepage.

We no longer offer the ability to select “Notify me” on specific movies, TV shows, or people, and we’ve retired Box Office Mojo notifications. Also, notifications are not yet available on Fire Tablets.

We’ll be improving our notification options further in the next few months, and look forward to hearing your feedback. Thanks for your continued support of IMDb.

Example, Notifications on device:




Example, Notifications Tab:




Example, Notification Settings:

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Sam Cameron

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These notification type are less personalized than the “Notify me” ones were. So sad. This is probably to reduce their costs. I see this as a detriment to the notifications rather than an improvement.
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I too am disappointed. That was the primary purpose of me using the app. I wonder if I can set up some way to automate the process using keywords and post dates...
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Jess, Employee

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Hi Sam, thanks for your feedback. We do hope to build more personalized notifications. This particular feature was not used very much and was very difficult to maintain. We had to make some hard choices when upgrading to a more modern notification service that worked well across Android operating systems and devices. But we will continue to invest in this area. 
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How was this feature hardly used? Every person that I know used it constantly! I basically used it on a daily basis as well! It needs to come back asap! Is this available on the Pro version? Can you guys please fix this soon? I've been using IMDB and IMDB PRO for almost 6 years now. I'm on here at least once a day, and sometimes up to 10 times a day. I can be on here for just a few minutes, or I can on here for a few hours! I am begging you to please add the notify me back!
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What does not used much mean? Was this including all IMDB accounts even though this was only available through the Android app?

The hard choices probably had to do with limited development staff and time since it would cost more money to have the additional development done to include this feature.
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It's probably unfair to be livid over a website/app feature, but I built lists of actors and actresses I wanted to see more of and used 'notify me.' Not that that was brilliant, but it was better than nothing ... which what you have left us with.

Folks, as a former web developer, I know this is a UI/database issue and it's NOT difficult ... what the heck?!? 

Please, roll this release back.
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CE Bailey

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Princess818 nailed it. Please, please bring it back.
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Sjokolade Monsteret

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Does this mean the "notify me" option nevel will come back? Thats so sad, as it was my favourite part of the app, as i knew for certain that i knewabout it if one of my favorite actors/acresses where featured in a new movie.
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Well, never say never! But for now, that feature has been retired.
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Liga Mihály

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I set to ON all type of notofications in the Settings, but no notifications are coming to the device and to Notifications tab in the app NEITHER since the update! :(So sad.. :(




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Jess, Employee

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Thanks for letting us know. What region are you in?  
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Liga Mihály

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I am in Europe, Hungary.
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Sean McArtney

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Have to say, I'm really disappointed the "notify me" section has been taken away, it was one of my favourite parts of the app and made it stand out. As other people have said, I used the app daily and now I feel I've no reason to keep it as I can just do an internet search for the same information. A serious lack of personalization and desireability, please bring it back or loose users
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Liga Mihály

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My problem (not arriving notifications) is a known, region specialized bug?! Can I solve somehow?! Or is there any chance for getting a bug fix soon?!
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We are looking into the issue, thanks for reporting this!
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This is a terrible application after "the update" - roll it back to how it was some weeks ago!
Especially the "notify me" functions.
Or is this just a BIG joke? It's useless now
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I agree! 
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I have all notifications turned off but am still getting trailers notified. This is very annoying - how can I stop these?
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Sjokolade Monsteret

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What? I dont get any, and i have all notifications on
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Where are you located? 
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Hi Dave, we're working on some fixes for our next release, but one thing that should work is to toggle off notifications under device settings. Phones vary, but typically you'll want to navigate to Settings (on your device, not on the IMDb app), then tap Notifications, then scroll down to the IMDb App listing, and then turn them off there. 
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I am in UK but will try that. Thanks Jess.
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Sjokolade Monsteret

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And im in Norway..
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Notifications.. How to turn off?.

I keep getting notifications on my app even though I've turned them off
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What if you would like to NOT have notifications. I have disabled ALL, yet still receive notifications. Why even have a disable button, if it does nothing. That's just spamming...
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Hi Astrid, this should be fixed in our latest release. 
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On iPhone's imdb, when you are looking at an actor and all that actor has been in and you see that actor was on some tv show, you get the option to see exactly what episodes that actor was in. But, in the Android' s version, you have to search through the episodes to see what episodes that actor was in. I wish the Android would have the same shortcut the iPhone has.