How to take back control of your notifications on Android - MobileSyrup
|MobileSyrup 17 Oct 2020 at 18:07|
Our phones constantly buzz with little grey boxes begging for our attention but trust me, you can live without them, and life on the other side is better.
On Android 10 or 11, managing notifications is really easy, so if youre on a modern version of the OS, now is the time to step up and take control back.
There are two ways to control notifications a slow way and a faster way. The slow version is easier but takes a long time, and the fast method takes less time, but is a bit more work.
On Android, you can tap and hold on a notification to reveal several basic options. There are two options Important and Other.
If something is set as important, your phone will show the notification with the highest priority. That means your phone will ring or vibrate when it arrives, and if your phone screen is on, the notifications appear on your screen. Generally, things like messages and emails are higher priority.
Other notifications come in silently to be less disruptive and wont show up on your lockscreen. These are often app notifications like Google Fit or Uber Eats sales.
When you tap on the Turn off notification button, Android doesnt just shut down all the notifications for that app. Instead, it provides you with a few notification categories that you can enable or disable as you please. For example, With Google Maps, you probably still want turn-by-turn navigation notifications to appear, but you likely dont need updates about nearby restaurants or the app constantly asking you to review things.
The slow way is basically turning these types of notifications off one-by-one as they come in over a few months. That means if a notification comes in and you think its not important to your life, then disable it. I try to be really strict with these since most notifications are triggers to draw people into apps and really dont offer much value.
The faster way is to go into the Notifications settings section and start disabling things manually. This is a bit harder since you wont know exactly what each toggle does, but it can be done with a little research.
You can use this on less important apps and use the slow method on apps like Maps, where you dont want to get rid of things for fear of deleting something important.
To do this, open up your settings app and scroll down to where it says Apps and Notifications.
On the main page, you may have some options like Hide silent notifications in status bar and Notifications on lockscreen, and I suggest playing around with these as well to find something that suits you. Personally, I have the silent notifications hidden and only important notifications on my lockscreen.
To start working on your apps one-by-one, tap where it says See all from last 7 days, Then sort that list by Most frequent. From there, you can go to town and start turning things off. For instance, you probably dont need any notifications from the Play Store and do you really need Uber eats to be popping up tempting you to order food?
This part is really up to user preference, but as I said before, I recommend being strict with it because the fewer notifications you get, the less time you may spend with your phone.