How to control notifications in Android
How to filter out information noise without missing anything important on your Android devices.
Constant notifications on your smartphone keeps you from focusing on work or relaxing over your favorite show? You are haunted by notifications from social networks, ads, unwanted news? A few simple settings will help you take control of this infostream, so the whole world can wait. How to manage notifications on your Android phone or tablet.
How to disable notifications on your Android
First, let’s understand how to disable notifications from apps you don’t care about. Oddly enough, we often agree to receive notifications automatically, when we give the program privileges right after installation. This is when it prompts us to send newsletters, and without looking, we approve it.
The easiest way to disable notifications is in the notification curtain:
- Wait for the app to send you a notification and open the notification curtain;
- Swipe the notification to the right (variations are possible) to open a dialog menu;
You can turn off notifications right on your desktop
An alternative way is just as simple and will come in handy in a situation where you do not want to wait for an app to send you a notification:
You can disable all notifications altogether
How to disable the notification screen on Android
By default on Android phones that do not have a setting level, the option is very simple. Usually it is not activated, although in some cases we may encounter it or set it that way by mistake. Once you have decided to change it, we have the following to do:
Forbid turning on the screen on Xiaomi phones
Xiaomi brand is one of the manufacturers that for years had the ability to wake up the screen with alerts activated by default, although gradually it changed in MIUI 12. To change it on our smartphone, we just need to enter the Settings Lock Screen and uncheck the “Enable lock screen for notifications” box. Something quick and easy that has changed recently.
Set up Huawei phones so that the screen doesn’t turn on
Another manufacturer that from the beginning usually includes a screen with every notification is Huawei, although we will also be able to disable it with a quick option in all versions of EMUI. In this chaos, you just need to go to the Settings Notifications Advanced Notification Settings, and we have an option that affects the entire system to activate or deactivate the screen.
Options in Samsung to not enable the screen
By default in Samsung cell phones with One User Interface there is no option that forces the screen to turn on when we receive notifications, which is a reason to be happy so we do not have the aforementioned problems. However, they will appear on the Always On Display screen this is present in many Samsung smartphones and in many others.
Prevent the screen from turning on other mobile devices
In other Android mobile devices such as Motorola, LG, Vivo or Realme smartphones, this option is not activated by default and many of them also do not have an option that activates the screen with every notification. In some levels of configuration, it is added, but it is as easy to remove as we saw in the first step. We can also write “activate screen” in the settings in the search bar, and the option we are looking for will appear immediately.
How to silence notifications on Android
First, you’ll have to wait until the notification from the desired app arrives:
You can silence notifications for 15 minutes, 30 minutes and 60 minutes
It is important to understand that the ability to pause notifications, firstly, does not disable them in principle, and secondly, applies only to one particular application. That is, to silence all apps, you will need to “snooze” each app manually. So this method is obviously not suitable for negotiations, but will come in handy when you are bombarded with a lot of notifications from or Telegram, and you urgently need at least half an hour of silence. But, if you need to silence all the applications at once, use another way.
Change the notifications on the locked screen
One of the first aspects we have to customize to our liking is the lock screen. Over the years, it has become one of the most important elements for Samsung mobile users. There is even a South Korean brand app that allows us to customize this panel in different ways. and in these settings, we find that notifications are also an important part. However, we will focus on the setup without resorting to any tools.
over, because the manufacturer allows us to configure and customize these alerts in the default lock panel and offers us a good variety. Among its settings, we can choose both their design and whether we want them to display content. And, best of all, they can be set up very quickly and easily, which we can do at any time on our mobile device.
- Get access to your cell phone’s settings.
- Enter Screen Lock.
- Then go to Notifications and activate them if you deactivated them.
- Then choose whether you only want to see the icons, or if you want to see detailed information about the notifications you received. If in your case you don’t want to see the content itself, activate the Hide Content feature.
So, these settings will allow us to decide how we want them to appear on the lock screen of our Samsung phone. That is, the Asian firm gives us, the users, the choice of design we want them to have. And best of all, they’re really easy to set up. Although these are not the only settings we can make.
How to disable notifications through the “Do Not Disturb” menu
Swipe the screen from top to bottom and click on the “Do Not Disturb” icon. On some firmware it can be found on the second page of the quick settings. to do this, swipe the curtain from right to left. In Do Not Disturb mode, your smartphone won’t display notifications.
If you press and hold down the “Do Not Disturb” button on the bar, a menu will open. Here you can set it to disable notifications at certain times, for example at night. Click “By Schedule” → “Add”.
Enter a time to turn on Do Not Disturb mode. Tap the checkbox at the top of the screen.
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Block unnecessary notification categories
The so-called notification categories have been added to Android Oreo, and they are a powerful tool for managing app notifications. Notification categories allow you to disable certain types of notifications (WhatsApp group messages, notifications from Google, etc.) and to deactivate them when you don’t want them.д.). By blocking unnecessary notification categories, you can be sure that when you receive a notification, it will be exactly what you need to check.
Access notification categories on Android Oreo and above
- Open “Settings.”.
- Select “Apps and Notifications.
- Tap “Show All Apps”.
- Select the application whose notifications you want to customize.
- Tap “App notifications
Note that you can access these settings in two other ways: press and hold the notification itself when you receive it, or lightly spy the notification to the side and click on the gear icon. If you accidentally blocked a category of notifications and you want it back, follow the steps above.
What are pop-up notifications?
The notifications we receive on the phone can be roughly divided into two segments. First. are applications installed by the user, such as WhatsApp, and the like, to remove them is as simple as entering the notifications menu in the “Applications” section of your cell phone settings application.
On the other hand, the following set of applications refers to system notifications that alert you to what’s going on with your cell phone. One of the most common in this latter segment may be the notification “battery fully charged”, “screenshot taken”, “update ready to install”, “download completed”, “mode” Do not do “. “Worry actively” and the like.
This is the set of notifications that are usually the hardest to set up.
In the notification menu in the upper right corner, click Advanced.
Next, you can group all the apps on your phone (installed and system apps) by permission:
- The sound is turned off. you will not hear anything when a notification comes.
- Locked notifications. you will not receive anything at all.
- Priority notifications.
- Notifications hidden on the lock screen.
- Content of notifications hidden on lock screen.
You can always reconfigure the app you are looking for from this menu.
To show system apps (or hide them), reset your preferences (for alerts only), press the dots in the upper right corner, then choose “Show system apps” or “Reset preferences”.
That’s all. It is better to spend 20-30 minutes once to customize your notifications so they do not annoy or distract you in the future.