How to Manage Your App Notifications

Take control of how you receive notifications from each app on your Android phone.

Notifications are a vital part of the smartphone ecosystem. They tell us when someone likes our photos on Instagram or when we receive an email; they let us know when there’s a breaking news alert or our delivery order is on its way. Notifications are great — but they can also get out of hand. Luckily, it only takes a few moments to get all those banners flashing on our screen under control.

  1. Tap Settings >Notifications.
  2. Take control of how you receive notifications from each app on your Android. Tap each app to see its notification options, which could include:
    • On lock screen: You can choose to have all notifications appear when your phone is locked, to hide sensitive content, or hide all notifications.
    • App icon badges: When this is on, it creates a red dot over the app that has a new notification for you.
    • Event reminders: Turn this on or off you want to keep your phone from giving you a small indicator at the top of your screen to let you know of a new notification.
    • Blink light: Turn this on or off if you want your phone to flash a light when it receives a new notification.
    • Default notification sound: Here, you can choose the noise that alerts you to a new notification, or you can turn this sound cue off totally.
  3. You can also make app-based notification choices by turning notifications on or off next to each app you have installed on your phone.

You can also control how your phone handles emergency alerts by tapping Settings > Connections > More connection settings > Emergency alerts. You might want to keep everything on in this category, but you have the option to turn these alerts off if you choose.

And that’s it. You should make it a habit of periodically checking how you receive notifications — especially now that you can enjoy your phone without being bombarded with reminders from Facebook about birthdays and events.

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