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manage notifications on Android phones
In this digital world, things move at the speed of light. Notifications on your smartphone help keep things up to date. However, to stay focused on work and health, you need to pay attention to screen time. Frequently looking at your smartphone screen and selecting unwanted notifications can help you lose focus. Therefore, it is important to manage notifications on your smartphone. In a previous article, we talked about hiding notifications on your iPhone. This article describes the various notification features that come with the default Android operating system.
Receive almost all notifications, including receiving messages, breaking news from news apps, financial apps, and more. Some information is important to know immediately, but most notifications are annoying. Below are some examples of why notifications need to be managed effectively.
If your phone runs out of power and receives hundreds of notifications, it can drain your battery.
You will be notified when it’s time for a break. For example, receiving many WhatsApp group chat notifications at night can hurt your sleep.
Anyone can see the notifications on your lock screen that may affect your privacy.
If you don’t manage notifications, you can miss important notifications and get lost in unwanted notifications.
Manage notifications on Android
Android 12 offers great features for managing all your notification settings in one place. A whole new menu appears in Settings> Notifications for managing notifications. Let’s examine each of them and take a closer look.
Android notification menu
App settings – manage app notifications
As mentioned earlier, you should disable notifications from most games and entertainment apps to avoid distractions. Tap App Settings to see a list of apps installed on your phone.
If you want to turn on or off notifications specific to that app, move the slider to the desired position. If you have too many apps on your phone, use Search to find the app you want by tapping the search icon in the corner.
If you want to change the notification permissions for the system app, press the three-dotted lines and then press Show System. You should now see all your apps in the updated list, including system apps.
App notification settings
When you’re done setting up notifications for your app, press the back arrow to return to the main Notifications menu.
Display notification history
You may need to view all notification history to understand the context.
Tap “Notification History” to open the menu. If the Use Notification History option is off, you can turn it on by touching the button in front of it.
Notification History shows all recent and snoozes notifications.
Notification history menu
Return to the main Notification menu and tap the Conversation option. This will display two sections, “Non-Priority Conversations” and “Recent Conversations”. Tap the conversation for which you want to set a priority. You can make various settings such as “Screen lock” and “Display notification dot”.
You can also delete all recent conversation history from this section.
The Bubble menu allows you to enable or disable the floating icon for conversations. “Allow apps to display bubbles” will cause some conversations to appear as floating icons above other apps.
Manage device and app notifications
The Device and App Notifications menu has options to control which apps and devices can read notifications. Tap it to see a list of “Allowed” and “Not Allowed” apps. If you want to allow access to reading notifications, find the app in the Not Allowed list and tap it. You will be taken to another page where you can enable access to this app. When you grant access to read notifications, the app reads all notifications, including personal information such as contact names and received text messages. The app can close notifications, operate buttons, answer calls, and turn “silent” on or off. Therefore, make such access with caution.
Similarly, if you want to regain access to read notifications from the app, find it in the Allow list. Tap it to turn off access.
Lock screen notification
There are three options to choose from in this menu:
“Show conversation, default, silent.”
‘Hide silent conversations and notifications.
Please do not display the notification.
Only one can be selected from the list above.
Manage sensitive notifications
This is an important setting from a privacy perspective. When on, Android smartphones display sensitive content when locked. This means that as soon as you receive a message, it will appear on your phone screen, even if it is locked. This can affect your privacy and security if you leave your phone on the table for a while. The message is displayed on the screen for a moment, so anyone can get a glimpse of the message.
This menu is indispensable for receiving notifications only from your favorite people and apps. Tap the blue button labeled “Turn on now” to turn it on.
In the People menu, you can select a list of people who can interrupt in “No” mode. Go to this menu and tap Conversation to display a page with three radio buttons.
All Conversations: There is a “Settings” button in front of it. You can also check the settings.
Priority conversation: You can select according to your needs. You can change the settings using the settings button.
None: Select this if you do not want to get in the way of the conversation.
In the Call menu, you can choose who can make or interrupt the call. You have the following
Starred Contacts: You can get in the way of starred contacts in your contact list.
Contacts: You can allow all contacts stored on your phone to be interrupted.
Anyone: You can allow anyone to call you and interrupt. It even includes callers at your phone contact number.
Note: This means that no one can make or interrupt a call.
Allow repeated callers: This is a switch that can be turned on or off. When on, anyone who calls within 15 minutes of the first call can make a second call.
The Message menu controls who can interrupt a message. Its settings are the same as the options specified for Call.
Don’t get in the way of Android
You will be returned to the main Silent menu.
There are apps and alarms and other interruption menus to help you set apps and alarms that may be interrupted. When you tap it, a slide button will appear on the next page to turn the corresponding interrupt on or off.
The Schedule menu tracks activities such as setting a Sleep schedule. You can go to Settings and write the day of the week, start time, end time, and so on. You can also do this for an “event” or “driving” and add your own events as needed.
“Quick Settings Period” is a quick menu for applying settings only at specific times. You can set it to “Until power off” or set the number of hours. There is an option to ask every time.
The last option in the list is the Show hidden notification option. This menu offers the following options with radio buttons:
No sound from notifications: Notifications appear on the screen.
No visuals or sounds from notifications: You won’t see or hear notifications.
Custom: You can set your own settings by pressing the setting button.
Below are some other settings you can use.
The Wireless Emergency Alerts menu provides the flexibility to turn alerts on or off in the event of Extreme Threats, Serious Threats, and so on.
The Hide silent notifications in the status bar option allow you to turn it on or off as you like.
The Allow Notification Snooze menu is to turn the snooze feature on or off.
“Notification dot of app icon” is to add a dot to the app icon when there is a notification from the app.
“Extended Notifications” enables or disables advanced notification settings such as suggested actions and replies.
As you can see, notifications on Android smartphones have a number of customization to set as needed. We recommend that you use these settings to mute unwanted apps and distractions. In addition, you can use timely settings such as unobtrusive, quick setup duration, etc. to get the most out of it when you need it.