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How to Disable App Notifications in Android

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Tired of all the annoying app notifications that just keep coming? Besides bugging you, they can also drain your phone’s battery. If you want to disable some notifications you don’t need, we’ll show you how to do this on Google devices and Samsung devices.

Using a Google Device

Swipe down on the right side of the status bar and touch the “Settings” icon.

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In the “Device” section of the “Settings” screen, touch “Apps.”

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On the “Apps” screen, scroll through the list of apps and touch the app for which you want to stop receiving notifications.

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The “App info” screen displays for the selected app. Touch the “Show notifications” check box so there’s no check mark in the box.

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A dialog box displays making sure you really want to turn off notifications. Touch “OK” to disable notifications for this app.

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The “Show notifications” check box is de-selected. To return to the Home screen, touch the “Back” button on the device three times or touch the device’s “Home” button.

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Using a Samsung Device

To disable notifications for an app on a Samsung device, swipe down from the status bar and touch the settings gear button in the upper-right corner.

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In the “Device” section of the “Settings” screen, touch “Applications.”

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On the “Applications” screen, touch “Application manager.”

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The “Application manager” screen displays with lists of “Downloaded” apps, apps on the “SD card,” “Running” apps, and “All” apps. Select an app for which you want to stop showing notifications from one of these lists by touching the app.

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The “App info” screen displays for the selected app. Touch the “Show notifications” check box so there’s no check mark in the box.

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A dialog box displays making sure you really want to turn off notifications. Touch “OK” to disable notifications for this app.

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The “Show notifications” check box is de-selected. To return to the “Home” screen, touch the “Back” button on the device four times or touch the device’s “Home” button.

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You can also get your notifications from your phone on your PC or Mac, if your phone makes a sound or vibrates with a notification, but you’re working on your PC or Mac. If you’re waiting for an important email in your Gmail account, you can set up Gmail to only notify you of important emails, rather than notifying you every time an email comes in.

Lori Kaufman is a writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.

  • Published 12/4/14

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