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Create and manage notification preferences

Opsgenie provides flexibility for users to define their own notification settings. When an event to notify users occurs such as alert creation, start/end of an on-call rotation, or execution of a re-notification policy, the relevant users are being notified according to their own notification settings.

Contact Methods

There are 4 types of contact methods within Opsgenie:

  1. E-Mail

  2. SMS

  3. Phone Voice-Calls

  4. Push Notifications (AndroidiOSOpsgenie for BlackBerry Dynamics)

These contact methods are used to receive notifications from Opsgenie.

When a user account is created, the e-mail address which is used as the username is added as an e-mail contact method. Each user can add/modify their contact methods any time via the Notification Page. Mobile contacts cannot be added via Opsgenie's Web Application. Instead, when a user logs in through any of Opsgenie's mobile applications, the device that is used is added as a contact method.

The activity log in Opsgenie includes email notification delivery statuses. This feature enriches your monitoring and troubleshooting process for email notifications.


The email was successfully delivered to the user after checking against their alert notification rules and any additional conditions set throughout the alert lifecycle.


The number of emails sent during a specific timeframe exceeded the rate limit set by the sender, which helps us prevent spam.


Additional checks are now in place in Opsgenie to protect against spam. For successful email notification delivery, make sure you adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Accept the invite to your site.

  2. Remove any block rules that are affecting your email notifications.

  3. Clear any pending payments for your site.

These steps will help ensure a smooth email notification delivery process. In case you continue to see this status in the activity log, reach out to your admin for assistance.

The limitations of the contact methods are as follows:

Each user can have at most:

  • 2 E-mail addresses

  • 2 SMS Numbers

  • 2 Phone Numbers

There is no limitation for mobile app sign-ins 

Each mobile device can be used by, at most, one user within the same Opsgenie domain. If another user logs in to Opsgenie with a mobile device that is already being used as a contact method for another user from the same Opsgenie domain, Opsgenie automatically disables the contact method for the previous user.

Please note: Enable a contact method to receive notifications.

Under the Free and Essentials Plans, custom notification rules are not available and you are only able to configure one rule per event (such as New Alert, Schedule Start, etc).

Notification Rules

Watch Using notification rules on Youtube.

Notification rules are used to configure conditions, time constraints, and notification steps for an event for each notification action type. There are 8 types of notification events within Opsgenie:

  • New Alert: A new alert is created for which you are added as a recipient.

  • Acknowledged Alert: Another user has acknowledged an alert that you were notified of.

  • Closed Alert: Another user has closed an alert that you were notified of.

  • Re-Notified Alert: An alert for which you were notified previously notifies you again via an escalation rule or auto-restart configuration.

  • Assigned Alert: You were assigned as the owner of an alert by another user.

  • Added Note to Alert: Another user added a note to an alert that you were notified of.

  • Schedule Start: Your on-call rotation is being started.

  • Schedule End: Your on-call rotation is being ended.

  • Incoming Call Routing: A new incoming call has been received and you're on the call recipients list.

Add as many notification rules desired for each event.

A screenshot showing some settings to Opsgenie's notification rules.

Notification rules allow users to configure notification steps that use their existing contact methods and define conditions & time constraints on them. If a notification event has multiple notification rules, only the first notification rule whose conditions and time constraints (if any) are matched is used while notifying. Therefore, if there are multiple notification rules within a New Alert event type and the first of them was configured as follows:

A screenshot showing a sample notification settings for a new alert type.

None of the next notification rules are checked or used by Opsgenie and the user will not be notified for this example (Because no notification steps are defined for the matching notification rule). Therefore, it is important to pay attention to the order of the notification rules within the same event type.

While configuring a notification step for a notification rule– specify the contact methods used and the delay between the event and notification. Adding multiple notification steps is allowed for the same notification rule without any limitation. Furthermore, enable the Repeat option of a notification rule for some event types to notify in a loop with a maximum of 10 times as long as the details of the concerned alert aren't opened.

A screenshot showing a sample notification cycle for an Opsgenie user.

Please note that the repeating starts when the defined time threshold is passed after the execution of last notification step. For example, if an event occurs on 16:00; considering the configuration of the notification steps above, the user is notified at:

16:00 (iPhone)
16:01 (iPhone)
16:02 (Voice)
16:04 (iPhone)
16:05 (iPhone)
16:06 (Voice)
16:08 (iPhone)
and so on.

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