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See & use notifications

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

Some notifications show individually. Other notifications from a single app get bundled together.

Note: Android isn't the same on all devices. These instructions are for devices running Android 7.1.2 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Where to find your notifications

Status bar icons

At the top of your screen, you'll see your status bar.

  • The icons on the left show you when you have new notifications.
  • The icons on the right show you the status of things like your Wi-Fi connection and battery level.
Notifications shade

Swipe down on your screen

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

Swipe down on your fingerprint sensor (Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X & Nexus 6P only)

You can also read your notifications by swiping down on your fingerprint sensor. To turn this gesture on or off, open your device's Settings app Settings and tap Moves.

Learn how to control gestures on your phone.

Lock screen

Wake your device

You can see your notifications on your lock screen when you wake your device. You can have your device wake automatically when you get a notification.

Learn to control how notifications show on your lock screen.

Lift or double tap your device

You can also see your notifications on your lock screen when you lift your phone. And on Pixel phones, you can see them when you double tap your lock screen. To turn these gestures on or off, open your device's Settings app Settings and tap Moves.

Learn how to control gestures on your phone.

On top of current screen ("peeking")

Some notifications briefly show on the top of your screen while you're doing something else. For example, a text message notification might appear while you're watching a video. This is called "peeking."

  • To dismiss a peeking notification, swipe it right or left.
  • To keep a peeking notification so that you can get to it later, swipe it up.

You can control notification peeking. Learn how to control peeking with "Do not disturb."

What you can do with notifications

Reply, archive, expand, search & more

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

Keep or dismiss notifications

  • To keep a notification, swipe up.
  • To clear one notification, swipe it left or right. (Some notifications can't be dismissed right away.)
  • To clear all notifications, scroll to the bottom of your notifications, and then tap Clear all.

Open or install the app that sent the notification

  • To open the app that sent a notification, tap the notification. If your phone is locked, double tap the notification.
  • To install a messaging app from an app preview message notification, tap Got it and then Install.

Control your notifications

Many apps let you control notifications from the settings menu within the app. You can also choose the default notification settings for your device.

In Android 7.0 and up, to change an app's notification settings, slide a notification slightly left or right and tap Settings Settings.

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