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How to master the art of managing Android notifications

We all know that Android sometimes outshines iOS, especially when it comes to handling notifications. But no matter how fantastic your Android phone is at managing notifications, it won’t do you much good if you’re drowning in hundreds of them every day. Dealing with notification overload is a real struggle as apps compete for your attention. Luckily, Android has built-in tools that let you tailor your notifications just the way you like them. Follow these steps to craft a notification setup that brings you peace of mind.

Turn off those app notifications

You don’t have to be bombarded with notifications from every single app on your phone. One of the coolest features in Android 13 lets you decide whether you want notifications from each app. This change will kick in around mid-to-late 2023. However, keep in mind that once you give an app the green light, it might still flood you with tons of notifications you don’t want.

So, if you don’t really need notifications from certain apps, just turn them off. For instance, if those game notifications aren’t super important, go ahead and silence them all.

  • Access your device’s Settings.
  • Go to the Apps section.
  • Choose the specific app from which you wish to stop receiving notifications.
  • Tap on Notifications. On Samsung phones, you can find this option under the Privacy category.
  • Disable the “Show notifications” toggle switch.

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Make use of notification channels

You can’t always completely shut down notifications from an app because sometimes they send crucial updates you can’t afford to overlook. For instance, turning off notifications from food delivery apps isn’t really an option because you won’t get order updates unless you open the app. The issue here is that these apps can flood you with irrelevant notifications on a daily basis. Similarly, you might be stuck with notifications from banking apps, even if they send at least one promotional message every day.

  • Access your device’s Settings.
  • Go to the Apps section.
  • Select the app from which you wish to stop receiving unwanted notifications.
  • Tap on Notifications. This will display various notification categories.
  • Disable the notification categories for which you want to stop receiving notifications.
  • If you want to further customize a specific notification category, tap on it.

Get notifications silently

You don’t need to rush for every notification; some can arrive silently without your phone making a fuss. You can view these notifications when it’s convenient for you, the next time you use your phone. For instance, you can configure your banking apps to send silent notifications since they don’t need an immediate response.

  • Open your device’s Settings.
  • Go to the Apps section.
  • Choose the app for which you want to have notifications delivered quietly.
  • Tap on Notifications.
  • Choose the “Deliver quietly” option. If you’re using a Samsung phone, you can find this option under the Alerts category.

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Try snoozing them

You might not be up for addressing every notification right away, but there are times when you’d prefer to come back to them later. For instance, during a meeting or towards the end of your day, when you receive a message from a friend or family member, you can simply snooze that notification. It’ll pop up again when you have the time to give it your attention.

  • Open the notification to see more details.
  • Tap the snooze icon located in the lower-right corner of the notification.
  • By default, the notification will be snoozed for one hour.
  • If you find one hour too lengthy (or too short), tap the downward arrow you see and choose a more suitable duration.