Control notifications on Android

Depending on what notifications you want, you can change settings for certain apps or for your whole phone. Notifications appear when you swipe down from the top of your screen. Some notifications can also appear on your lock screen and home screen.

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 10 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Use notifications

Clear notifications
  • To clear one notification, swipe it left or right.
  • To clear all notifications, scroll to the bottom of your notifications and tap Clear all
  • To clear all silent notifications, next to 'Silent notifications', tap Close Close.
Tip: You can clear some notifications only when they've finished. For example, you can clear a music player notification once you stop the music. 
Snooze notifications

To snooze notifications, first turn on snoozing:

  1. Open your phone's Settings app. 
  2. Tap Apps & notifications and then Notifications and then Advanced.
  3. Turn on 'Allow notification snoozing'.

To snooze a notification, drag it slightly left or right, and then tap Snooze Snooze. To pick a time, tap the Down arrow Down arrow

Reply, archive, expand and more

To expand a notification, tap the Down arrow Down arrow. Then, to act directly from a notification, tap an action like Reply or Archive.

Control emergency broadcast notifications

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

You can change your emergency alert settings, like for AMBER alerts and threat notifications.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications and then Advanced and then Emergency alerts.

Choose how you're notified

Change notifications for your phone

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications and then Notifications.
  3. Pick the options that you want as your device's defaults:
    • On lock screen
    • Allow notification dots
    • Default notification sound
    • Swipe fingerprint for notifications
    • Do Not Disturb

Tip: On some phones, you can have your screen wake when you get a notification. Learn how to turn on Ambient display.

Turn notifications on or off for certain apps

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

Option 1: In your Settings app

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications and then Notifications.
  3. Under 'Recently sent', see apps that recently sent you notifications.
    • You can turn off all notifications for a listed app.
    • To pick specific categories of notifications, tap the app's name.
    • To see more apps, tap See all from last 7 days. To sort by Most recent or Most frequent, tap them.

If you don't see 'Recently sent', you're using an older Android version. Instead, tap App notifications and tap an app. You can turn notifications, notification dots and notification categories on or off. If an app has categories, you can tap a category for more options.

Option 2: On a notification

  1. On your phone, swipe down from the top of your screen to see your notifications.
  2. Tap and hold the notification, and then tap Settings Settings.
  3. Then, choose your settings:
    • To turn off some or all notifications, tap Turn off notifications
    • To choose which notifications interrupt you, tap Alerting or Silent.

Option 3: In the certain app

Many apps let you control notifications from a settings menu in the app. For example, an app could have a setting to choose the sound that app's notifications make.

Turn notification dots on or off

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

Some apps show a dot when you get notifications. Touch and hold the app with the dot to see the notification.

To turn notification dots on or off for your device:

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications and then Notifications.
  3. Turn Allow notification dots on or off.

To turn notification dots on or off for an app, find out how to change notifications by app

Choose if notifications interrupt you or stay silent

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

On some Android devices, you can choose what kind of notifications an app sends you:

  • Alerting: You'll hear a sound, get a message on your lock screen and find the app's icon in the status bar.
  • Silent: Your phone won't make a sound or vibrate. But the notification will appear when you swipe down from the top of your screen.

Option 1: In your Settings app

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications and then Notifications.
  3. Under 'Recently sent', tap an app. 
  4. Tap a type of notification.
  5. Choose your options:
    • Choose Alerting or Silent.
    • To see a banner for alerting notifications when your phone is unlocked, turn on Pop on screen.
    • If you chose 'Silent', you can turn Minimise on or off.

Option 2: On a notification 

  1. After you swipe down from the top of your screen, drag the notification slightly right or left. Then tap Settings Settings.
  2. Tap Alerting or Silent and then Apply.  

To hide silent notifications on your lock screen:

  1. Open your device's Settings app. 
  2. Tap Apps & notifications and then Notifications and then Notifications on lockscreen
  3. Choose Show alerting notifications only or Don’t show notifications.

 

Choose how notifications appear on your lock screen

Option 1: Don't show any notifications

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

You can block all notifications from your lock screen. You'll see your notifications only when your phone is unlocked.

  • Open your phone's Settings app.
  • Tap Apps & notifications and then Notifications.
  • Under 'Lock screen', tap Notifications on lock screen or On lock screen.
  • Choose Don't show notifications.

If you pick this option as your default, the setting applies to all apps. To block notifications from certain apps only, find out how to change notifications by app.

Option 2: Show all notifications

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

You can see all notification content on your lock screen by default.
  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications and then Notifications.
  3. Under 'Lock screen', tap Notifications on lock screen or On lock screen.
  4. Choose Show alerting and silent notifications.
    • On some phones, choose Show all notification content.

If you pick this option as your default, you can still restrict certain apps on your lock screen. You can have certain apps 'Hide sensitive notification content' or 'Don't show notifications at all' on your lock screen. Find out how to change notifications by app

Option 3: Show important notifications only

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

You can stop sensitive notification content from showing on your lock screen.
  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications and then Notifications.
  3. Under 'Lock screen', tap Notifications on lock screen or On lock screen.
  4. Choose Show alerting notifications only
Hide sensitive content from notifications on your lock screen

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

You can stop sensitive notification content from showing on your lock screen.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap App & notifications and then Notifications
  3. Under 'Lock screen', turn off Sensitive notifications.

If you turn on this option, you can still restrict certain apps to 'Don't show notifications' on your lock screen. Find out how to change notifications by app.

Tip: When you turn on lockdown, notifications won't show on your lock screen. Find out how to use lockdown.

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