Notifications are an ideal way to get informed on the latest updates from your favorite apps. They are also used by your phone to inform you about some of the new features and the way you can tweak them to for a more personalized experience. However, the sheer number of notifications being received by your phone can get out of hand if you do not know to manage them. Also, when you have your phone’s light blinking or the phone itself vibrating for every new notification that comes in, it may even feel a bit annoying.
Fortunately, there are several ways to manage the notifications on your Android phone, which range from simple to complex. Few of those easy ones are defined below so that everyone could give them a try.
1. In the latest version of the operating system that’s been named Android Oreo, persistent notifications that keep telling you of the apps that are running in the background is an inbuilt feature that can turn into a potential irritant. But there’s a solution, as an app called “Hide ‘running in the background’ Notification” addresses the issue in the simplest way possible.
Once you’ve got it installed, it would work to keep those notifications hidden. If the notifications do not stop immediately, then just perform a reboot and it should fix the issue.
2. Another way to manage the alerts from jamming the Notification Center on your Android device is to decide which apps can send such alerts. You choose the apps from which you need the alerts go first. To do this, just go to the Notifications under Settings. Then scroll down the list of apps and keep choosing the ones that get to send alerts to Notification Center. You can select the apps by tapping them and picking an option.
The options include ‘No Recent Items’ or 1, 5, or 10 recent items. The former option just removes the app’s alerts from Notification Center altogether, while the latter gives you the option to select a given number of times an app can send an alert.
3. There’s also an option that lets you decide the number of times an app gets to display an alert. You can change the order in which app alerts get displayed by going to the main Notifications settings screen. Once there, tap the option that says – ‘Sort by Time’. Next, tap the Edit button in the top corner of the display.
You can even do this through the handles next to the name of each app that you have included. Just tap, hold and drag the selected apps and arrange them in whichever order you wish. You can even remove the app you have chosen by mistake by pulling it into the “Do Not Include” section.
4. Yet another way to keep a tab on the notifications is to set your Android phone to “Priority” mode. By this, you can precisely control who can reach you. The priority mode silences your phone and only allows important alerts of your choosing. To ensure this, you need to tap the Volume button and toggle the Priority mode to ON.
As per the default setting, only the alerts from your calendar, alarm, and contacts can get through, though, you can prevent calendar events from interrupting your Priority time by flipping off the switch next to Events and reminders. You can customize it further by flipping off the Messages switch to silence the calls and messages entirely, however, that would turn the Priority mode into Silence mode.
5. The last of the options is to block notifications from all the apps. To do this, you again would have to go to Settings, and then Apps, before tapping on the Downloaded tab at the top of the screen. Next, you can tap the Select all option and uncheck the Show notifications box. If in case, you later want a couple of apps to send in the alerts, just pick that app and then flip the Block switch.
These are some of the easiest ways to control the notifications on your Android device and keep yourself from being disturbed unnecessarily. Also, there exist many third-party apps that can help you achieve the same, and you could give them a try.