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View and use notifications

Notifications alert you to things like new messages, calendar events, and alarms.

Note: Some of this information may not apply to all devices because Android isn't exactly the same on every device. These instructions are for devices with Android 6.0 and up. See what version of Android you have.

Where to find your notifications

Icons in status bar

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.

Notifications shade

To read your notifications, swipe down from the status bar at the top of the screen.

Lock 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.

Notification settings

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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