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Control your notifications

You can control how and when you get notifications on your device. Many apps also let you control notifications from the settings menu inside the app.

Note: Android isn't the same on all devices. These instructions are for devices running Android 7.1.1 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Choose how you're notified

Change sound & vibrate settings

Many apps let you choose your notification sound and vibration settings from within the app.

You can also change your device's default volume, sound, and vibrate settings. Learn how to change sound and vibration.

Change app notification settings

Change an app's notification settings

To change notification settings for a specific app:

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Tap Notifications.
  3. Tap an app.
  4. Tap the option you want:
    • Block all
    • Show silently
    • On the lock screen
    • Override Do Not Disturb

Tip: In Android 7.0 and up, when you get a notification from an app, you can slide the notification slightly left or right and tap Settings Settings.

See notification settings for all apps

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Tap Notifications.
  3. Next to "All apps," tap the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  4. To see all your apps currently set to a specific setting, tap that setting.
Turn notification light on or off

Some devices come with a small LED light that pulses when you get a notification. You can turn this LED light on or off.

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Tap Notifications and then Settings Settings.
  3. Tap Pulse notification light.

Control notifications on your lock screen

Option 1: Show complete notifications

With this option, you'll see all notification content on your lock screen by default.

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Tap Notifications and then Settings Settings.
  3. Tap On the lock screen and then Show all notification content.

If you choose this option as your lock screen default, you can still restrict specific apps on your lock screen. You can have specific apps "Hide sensitive notification content" or "Don't show notifications at all" on your lock screen. Learn how to change app notification settings (above).

Option 2: Show notifications but hide sensitive content

With this option, you won't see sensitive notification content on your lock screen.

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

If you choose this option as your lock screen default, you can still restrict specific apps to "Don't show notifications at all" on your lock screen. Learn how to change app notification settings (above).

Option 3: Don't show notifications

With this option, you can block all notifications from your lock screen. You'll still see your notifications when your device is unlocked.

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

If you choose this option as your lock screen default, the setting applies to all apps. To block notifications from specific apps only, learn how to change app notification settings (above).

Tip: You can have your screen wake when you get a notification. Learn how to turn "Ambient display" on or off.

Limit interruptions

Turn off or mute notifications

Turn off or mute notifications for an app

To turn off or silence all notifications for an app:

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Tap Notifications.
  3. Tap an app.
  4. Tap Block all or Show silently.

Tip: In Android 7.0 and up, you can slide an app notification slightly to either side and tap Settings Settings.

Mute notifications for your device

When you don't want to be bothered, you can mute your device so that it doesn't make sounds or vibrate.

Learn how to silence your device with "Do not disturb."

Limit notifications "peeking" onto your screen

Some notifications briefly show on the top of your screen while you're doing something else. This is called "peeking."

Learn how to block visual disturbances with "Do not disturb."

Turn off app preview messages

To turn off notifications of messages sent to you from messaging apps that you don’t have:

  1. Open your device’s Settings app Settings.
  2. Under “Personal,” tap Google.
  3. Tap App preview messages.
  4. Tap Turn off app preview messages and then OK.

Learn about app preview messages.

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