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Find chats & messages quickly on your Pixel phone

You can control when and how you get notifications for texts and messages from apps. You can also create bubbles for a conversation, which makes it easier to find and respond to messages.

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 11 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Change notifications for conversations

Important: Not all messaging apps offer these notification settings.

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Under “Conversations,” touch and hold the notification that you want to change.
  3. Choose a notification setting:
    • Important: You’ll always get notifications for this conversation, even when Do Not Disturb is on. You’ll also find a bubble for the conversation.
    • Default: Your phone makes a sound or vibrates when you get new messages in this conversation.
    • Silent: You won’t get notifications for this conversation.
To use a bubble for a conversation, make sure to turn on the settings in your general notifications and in your app’s settings.

Find conversations with bubbles quickly

Add or remove a bubble for a conversation

To create a bubble for a conversation:

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Under “Conversations,” touch and hold the chat notification.
  3. Tap Bubble conversation .

To stop a bubble for a conversation:

  1. To open the conversation, tap the bubble.
  2. At the bottom left, tap Manage.
  3. Tap Don’t bubble conversation.

Tip: To hide a bubble temporarily, choose Dismiss bubble. The bubble reappears when you get a new message. 

Turn bubbles on or off

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Notifications and then Bubbles.
  3. Turn on Allow apps to show bubbles.

Turn bubbles on or off for a specific app or conversation

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps.
  3. Tap See all apps. Then, tap the app you want to change.
  4. Tap Notifications and then Additional settings in the app and then Bubbles.
  5. Choose your notification settings:
    • All conversations can bubble.
    • Selected conversations can bubble: Tap a person. Then, turn on Bubble.
    • Nothing can bubble.

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