View and use notifications
Notifications alert you to things like new messages, calendar events, and alarms.
Where to find your notifications
At the top of the screen, you'll see the status bar. The icons on the left let you know that you have new notifications. The icons on the right are system icons for things like Wi-Fi and battery level.
To read your notifications, swipe down from the status bar at the top of the screen.
When you wake up your device, you'll see your notifications on the lock screen. You can control how notifications show on your lock screen.
Open & dismiss notifications
From the notifications shade or the lock screen, you can manage your notifications:
- Open the app: Touch a notification to open the app. From the lock screen, double-tap instead.
- Expand: If a notification has more details, you can swipe down from within the notification to expand.
- Dismiss: Swipe a notification right or left to dismiss it. Some notifications can't be dismissed right away.
- Clear all: You can dismiss all your notifications at once by touching the Dismiss icon at the bottom .
If you aren't ready to dismiss a notification, you can swipe up to close the notifications shade.
Many apps let you control notifications from the settings menu within the app. But you can set the default notification settings for your device.
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