Control notifications on your Pixel phone

Depending what notifications you want, you can change settings for certain apps or for your whole phone. Notifications show when you swipe down from the top of your screen. Some notifications can also show on your lock screen and home screen.

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 10 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Important: Do Not Disturb can block notifications. Learn how to use Do Not Disturb.

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Use notifications

Clear notifications
  • To clear one notification, swipe it left or right.
  • To clear all notifications, scroll to the bottom of your notifications and tap Clear all.
  • To clear all silent notifications, next to "silent notifications," tap Close Close

Tip: You can clear some notifications only when they're done. For example, you can clear a music player notification after you stop the music.

Snooze notifications

To snooze notifications, first turn on snoozing:

  1. Open you phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications And then Notifications And then Advanced.
  3. Turn on Allow notification snoozing

To snooze a notification, drag it slightly left or right, and then tap Snooze Snooze. To pick a time, tap the Down arrow Down arrow.

Reply, archive, expand & more
  • To expand a notification, tap the Down arrow Down arrow. Then, to act directly from a notification, tap an action, like Reply or Archive.
Control emergency broadcast notifications

You can change your emergency alert settings, like for AMBER alerts and threat notifications.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications And then Advanced And then Emergency alerts.

Choose how you're notified

Change notifications for your phone
  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications And then Notifications.
  3. Pick the options you want as your device's defaults:
    • On lock screen
    • Allow notification dots
    • Blink light
    • Default notification sound
    • Swipe fingerprint for notifications
    • Do Not Disturb

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

Turn notifications on or off for certain apps

Option 1: In your Settings app

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications And then Notifications.
  3. Under "Recently sent," see apps that recently sent you notifications.
    • You can turn off all notifications for a listed app.
    • To pick specific categories of notifications, tap the app's name.
    • To see more apps, tap See all from last 7 days. To sort by Most recent or Most frequent, tap them.

Option 2: On a notification

  1. On your phone, swipe down from the top of your screen to see your notifications.
  2. Tap and hold the notification, and then tap Settings Settings.
  3. Then, choose your settings:
    • To turn off some or all notifications, tap Turn off notifications
    • To choose which notifications interrupt you, tap Alerting or Silent.

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 that app's notifications make.

Turn notification dots on or off

Some apps show a dot when you get notifications. Touch and hold the app with the dot to see the notification.

To turn notification dots on or off for your device:

  1. Open your phone's 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

 Choose if notifications interrupt you or stay silent

You can choose what kind of notifications an app sends you:

  • Alerting: You'll hear a sound, get a message on your lock screen, and find an app's icon in the status bar.
  • Silent: You won't hear a sound or feel a vibration. But the notification will show up when you swipe down from the top of your screen. 

Option 1: In your Settings app

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications And then Notifications.
  3. Under "Recently Sent," tap an app.
  4. Tap a type of notification.
  5. Choose your options:
    • Choose Alerting or Silent.
    • To see a banner for altering notifications when your phone is unlocked, turn on Pop on screen.
    • If you chose "Silent," you can turn Minimize on or off.

Option 2: On a notification

  1. After you swipe down from the top, drag the notification slightly right or left. Then tap Settings Settings . 
  2. Tap Alerting or Silent And then Apply

Tip: to hide silent notifications on your lock screen:

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications And then Notifications And then Notifications on lockscreen.
  3. Choose Show alerting notifications only or Don’t show notifications.

 Control how notifications show on your lock screen

Option 1: Don't show any notifications

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

  • Open your phone's Settings app.
  • Tap Apps & notifications And then Notifications.
  • Under "Lock screen," tap Notifications on lock screen or On lock screen.
  • Choose Don't show notifications.

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.

Option 2: Show all notifications
You can see all notification content on your lock screen by default.
 
  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications And then Notifications.
  3. Under "Lock screen," tap Notifications on lock screen or On lock screen.
  4. Choose Show alerting notifications only

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

Option 3: Show important notifications only
  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications And then Notifications.
  3. Under "Lock screen," tap Notifications on lock screen or On lock screen.
  4. Choose Show alerting notifications only
Hide sensitive content on your lock screen
  • Open your phone's Settings app.
  • Tap Apps & notifications And then Notifications.
  • Under "Lock screen," tap Notifications on lock screen or On lock screen.
  • Choose Don't show notifications.

If you turn off this option, you can still restrict certain apps to "Don't show notifications" on your lock screen.  Learn how to change notifications by app.

Tip: When you turn on lockdown, notifications won't show on your lock screen. Learn how to use lockdown.

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