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Control your notifications

Depending what notifications you want, you can change settings for certain apps or for your whole device.

On some devices, like Pixel phones, some apps show a dot when you get notifications. Touch and hold the app with the dot to see the notification.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Use notifications

Keep, clear, or snooze
  • To keep a notification, swipe it up.
  • To clear one notification, swipe it left or right.
  • To clear all notifications, scroll to the bottom of your notifications and then tap Clear all.
  • To snooze a notification, drag it slightly left or right and then tap Snooze Snooze. To pick a length of time, tap the Down arrow Down Arrow.
Reply, archive, expand, search, and more
  • To act directly from a notification, tap an action, like Reply or Archive.
  • To expand a notification, tap the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  • To open the app that sent a notification, tap the notification. (On your lock screen, double tap.)
    Tip: From notification dots, you can tap only the oldest notification. Clear each to show the next.
Can't clear notification

You can't clear some notifications right away. These notifications clear when they're done.

For example:

  • A system update notification clears automatically when you install the update.
  • You can clear a music player notification after you stop the music. 
  • A notification that an app is running in the background clears automatically when the app stops using battery.

Choose how you're notified

Change notifications for device
  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications and then Notifications.
  3. Under "Notifications," see how many apps have notifications turned off.
  4. Pick the options you want as your device's defaults.
    • ​Turn Allow notification dots on or off.
    • Turn Blink light on or off.
    • Turn Swipe fingerprint for notifications on or off.
    • To pick how notifications show on your lock screen, tap On the lock screenLearn how to control notifications on the lock screen (below).

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

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

Change notifications for certain apps

Option 1: In the Settings app

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications and then Notifications  and then Notifications.
  3. Tap an app.
    • Turn Notifications on or off.
    • Turn Allow notification dot on or off.
  4. If the app has notification categories:
    • You can turn notifications of a category on or off.
    • You can tap a category for more options, like Sound, VibrateShow notification dot, Blink light, and Override Do Not Disturb.

Option 2: On a notification

To change the settings of the app that sent the notification:

  • On notifications from the top of your screen, drag the notification slightly right or left and then tap Settings Settings.
  • From a notification dot, touch and hold the app and then tap Info Information.

Option 3: In the certain app

Many apps let you control notifications from a settings menu in the app. For example, an app could have a setting to choose the sound the app's notifications make. 

Turn notification dots on or off

Note: Notification dots work with some devices, like Pixel phones, but not with others, like Nexus devices.

To turn notification dots on or off for your device:

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications and then Notifications.
  3. Turn Allow notification dots on or off.

To turn notification dots on or off for an app, learn how to change notifications by app (above).

Control how notifications show on your locked screen

Option 1: Don't show notifications

You can block all notifications from your lock screen. You'll see your notifications only when your device is unlocked.

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

If you pick this option as your default, the setting applies to all apps. To block notifications from certain apps only, learn how to change notifications by app (above).

Option 2: Show complete notifications

You can see all notification content on your lock screen by default.

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

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

Option 3: Show notifications but hide sensitive content

You can stop sensitive notification content from showing on your lock screen.

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

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

Limit interruptions

Mute notifications

You can mute your device so that it doesn't make sounds or vibrate. You can choose to let through important notifications.

Learn how to silence your device with "Do Not Disturb."

Limit notifications showing over your screen

Some notifications briefly show over your screen while you're doing something else. For example, an email notification could appear while you're watching a video.

Learn how to block visual interruptions 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 app.
  2. Tap Google and then App preview messages.
  3. Turn off App preview messages. Tap OK.

Learn about app preview messages.

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