Viewing your subscriptions

To understand where your notifications are coming from and your notifications volume, we recommend reviewing your subscriptions and watched repositories regularly.

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You receive notifications for your subscriptions of ongoing activity on GitHub. There are many reasons you can be subscribed to a conversation. For more information, see "About notifications."

We recommend auditing and unsubscribing from your subscriptions as a part of a healthy notifications workflow. For more information about your options for unsubscribing, see "Managing subscriptions."

Diagnosing why you receive too many notifications

When your inbox has too many notifications to manage, consider whether you have oversubscribed or how you can change your notification settings to reduce the subscriptions you have and the types of notifications you're receiving. For example, you may consider disabling the settings to automatically watch all repositories and all team discussions whenever you've joined a team or repository.

Automatic watching

For more information, see "Configuring notifications."

To see an overview of your repository subscriptions, see "Reviewing repositories that you're watching." Many people forget about repositories that they've chosen to watch in the past. From the "Watched repositories" page you can quickly unwatch repositories. For more information on ways to unsubscribe, see "Managing subscriptions."

Reviewing all of your subscriptions

  1. In the upper-right corner of any page, click .

    Notification indicating any unread message

  2. In the left sidebar, under the list of repositories that you have notifications from, use the "Manage notifications" drop-down to click Subscriptions.

    Manage notifications drop down menu options

  3. Use the filters and sort to narrow the list of subscriptions and begin unsubscribing to conversations you no longer want to receive notifications for.

    Subscriptions page

Tips:

  • To review subscriptions you may have forgotten about, sort by "least recently subscribed."

  • To review a list of repositories that you can still receive notifications for, see the repository list in the "filter by repository" drop-down menu.

Reviewing repositories that you're watching

  1. In the left sidebar, under the list of repositories, use the "Manage notifications" drop-down menu and click Watched repositories.

    Manage notifications drop down menu options

  2. Evaluate the repositories that you are watching and decide if their updates are still relevant and helpful. When you watch a repository, you will be notified of all conversations for that repository.

    Watched notifications page

    Tip: Instead of watching a repository, consider only watching releases for a repository or completely unwatching a repository. When you unwatch a repository, you can still be notified when you're @mentioned or participating in a thread. When you only watch releases for a repository, you're only notified when there's a new release, you're participating in a thread, or you or a team you're on is @mentioned.

Configuring your watch settings for an individual repository

You can choose whether to watch or unwatch an individual repository. You can also choose to only be notified of new releases or ignore an individual repository.

  1. On GitHub, navigate to the main page of the repository.
  2. In the upper-right corner, click the "Watch" drop-down menu to select a watch option.
    Watch options in a drop-down menu for a repository

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