ExpressBasics: How to block unwanted notifications on Android
If you pull down the notification panel on your Android phone to see an endless list of spam notifications, there are a few things you can do about it and avoid having to clear unnecessary notifications every time. Irrelevant notifications are not only bad for aesthetics, but also increase the chances that you will miss truly important notifications, thus affecting your productivity.
Recently, while chatting with an elderly person, I realized that many people might not be aware that Android allows users to selectively block certain types of notifications from apps. You can also block unwanted notifications from an app without having to completely uninstall the app.
In today’s edition of ExpressBasics, we’ll look at how you can block unwanted notifications from apps, both selectively and completely.
How to Block App Notifications Completely
Step 1: To completely block all notifications from an app, just long press the notification and you should see details about the app sending it as well as a small gear-shaped settings icon in the top left. Click on it.
2nd step: This will take you to the notification settings page for that particular app. Here the very first toggle will say “All’the name of your application‘notices’. If you disable the toggle to the right of this option. You will block all app notifications. Look at the picture below.
We don’t recommend doing this for communication-based apps or apps that may send you important notifications. Also note that you will still be able to use the app fully when you open it.
How to selectively block app notifications
Sometimes you can only block selective notifications from an app. This could be useful, for example, for payment-related applications, where you might want to be notified of transactions, but not loan offers. Here’s how.
Step 1: Long press a notification from the app you want to selectively block. You’ll see the small gear-shaped settings icon in the top left. Click on it.
2nd step: This will take you to the notification settings page for that particular app. Under the “All notifications” toggle, you’ll see a range of categories the app sends you notifications for. This will differ from app to app.
For example, if I’m not interested in Flipkart’s “Remind Me” and “Flipkart Community” notifications, but want notifications about offers, I can just turn off the toggles I don’t want and keep the ones I don’t want. want to left at. Look at the image below.
That’s it. You have now controlled how an app can send you notifications. Repeat this for any apps cluttering your notification panel and you’ll soon have a more productive notification experience where you only see what you want to see.