While the notification system is one of the best features of Android, there is plenty of room for abuse and spam if developers don’t use it correctly. Whether it is a malicious developer spamming you with notifications you don’t care about, or simply an app that doesn’t have an option to toggle notifications to begin with, notifications can be a real drag. There’s nothing more infuriating than hearing that chime and checking your phone just to see that it’s something you don’t care about and don’t even know where it came from. So today, we’ll give you a hand with that and show you how you can permanently get rid of unwanted notifications.
Below, we’ll outline a couple of methods – they are similar, but the big difference is which version of Android they correspond to and the way you access it. That is because in recent versions, Google has put in some extra options that make handling your notifications a much less daunting task, since it’s more or less built-in and easily acessible. However, the way to get it done is more or less the same, so with that being said, let’s get to it.
For Android 4.1 to 4.4
If you’re a JellyBean or KitKat user, there’s an easy way to avoid misbehaving apps nagging you with unwanted notifications. If you don’t want to see that notification pop up anymore, just long press on that notification:
Then, you will see an option pop up:
Tapping that option will take you to that app’s information window, where you can disable all notifications with a simple tap on the option toggle below:
For Android 5.0 and above
The process is very similar to the previous one for Lollipop and Marshmallow, but you have a few extra options. Like before, just long tap on the notification you want to get rid of:
A circular animation will play and show you 2 icons:
Press the “i” icon, which will take you to that app’s notification settings:
In there, you can not only disable notifications from that app permanently, but you can also customize various options about how the notifications should behave, including whether or not they should show up in Priority Mode, which can be very annoying. You can also access this screen by going into Settings, then Apps:
In there, you will see all of your installed applications. Tap the application you wish to silence:
Then, near the bottom, you will have a “Notifications” option. Tap that and you will be taken to the same notification screen you accessed before, for that particular app:
Easy, isn’t it? The greatest advantage to using these methods is that you don’t need to know which app sent the notification – by disabling using the notification directly, you can not only find out which app is spamming you, but you can also act on it directly without having to go look for it. This is by far the most direct way to disable notifications you don’t want, and because it’s integrated into the operating system, you don’t even need third-party apps. Any questions or doubts? Let us know in the comment section below!