Control notifications on Android

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

Important: Do Not Disturb can block notifications. Learn how to use Do Not Disturb.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 9.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Use notifications

Snooze or clear
  • 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.
  • To clear one notification, swipe it left or right.
  • To clear all notifications, scroll to the bottom of your notifications and tap Clear all.

Note: You can clear some notifications only when they're done. For example, you can clear a music player notification after you stop the music.

Reply, archive, expand & more
  • To act directly from a notification, tap an action, like Reply or Archive.
  • To expand a notification, tap the Down arrow Down arrow.
  • To open the app that sent a notification, tap the notification. (On your lock screen, double tap.)
    Tip: From notification dots, you can tap only the oldest notification. Clear each to show the next. Learn about notification dots.
Control emergency broadcasts

Note: Settings can vary by device. For your device's details, contact your device manufacturer.

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

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

Choose how you're notified

Change notifications for device

Note: Settings can vary by device. For your device's details, contact your device manufacturer.

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

On some Android devices, you can have your screen wake when you get a notification. Turn on "Ambient display."

Change notifications for certain apps

Note: Settings can vary by device. For your device's details, contact your device manufacturer.

Option 1: In your Settings app

  1. Open your device'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

  • After you swipe down from the top of your screen, drag the notification slightly right or left, and then tap Settings Settings.
  • From a notification dot, touch and hold the app, and then tap Info Information.

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

Note: Settings can vary by device. For your device's details, contact your device manufacturer.

On some Android devices, 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 device'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, learn how to change notifications by app.

Control how notifications show on your lock screen

Option 1: Don't show notifications

Note: Settings can vary by device. For your device's details, contact your device manufacturer.

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

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications and then Notifications.
  3. Tap On lock screen and then Don't show notifications at all.

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

Option 2: Show complete notifications

Note: Settings can vary by device. For your device's details, contact your device manufacturer.

You can see all notification content on your lock screen by default.

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications and then Notifications.
  3. Tap On lock screen and then 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. Learn how to change notifications by app.

Option 3: Show notifications but hide sensitive content

Note: Settings can vary by device. For your device's details, contact your device manufacturer.

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

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications and then Notifications.
  3. Tap On lock screen and then Hide sensitive content.

If you pick this option as your default, you can still restrict certain apps to "Don't show notifications at all" on your lock screen. Learn how to change notifications by app.

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

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