Google often thinks you want to know what traffic is like nearby, so it sends you a notification. While sometimes helpful, this can also be annoying—especially if you’re not going anywhere. Here’s how to completely disable traffic notifications on Android.
It’s actually unclear a lot of times where these notifications are coming from: is it Google Now? Google Maps? Something else? The short answer is: it’s a mixture.
Disabling Traffic Notifications in Google Maps
The first place you’ll want to start is in Google Maps—this is where the bulk of the notifications are coming from, especially when you’re already driving (regardless of whether or not you’re using GPS navigation).
In Maps, slide in from the left side of the screen (or tap the three lines in the upper left corner) to open the menu, then scroll down to Settings.
Scroll down this menu until you see Notifications.
You can control pretty much all aspects of the notifications Maps will generate here, but we’re focusing on traffic data, so you want the top option.
There are three options here:
- Traffic from nearby events: Road closures, accidents, detours, etc.
- Traffic nearby: Traffic jams, backups, etc.
- Driving notifications: ETAs to specific locations—usually Home or Work if you have those set.
You can pick and choose here—disable and enable whatever works best for you.
That’ll handle most of Google’s unwarranted traffic notifications, but there’s one other place you may want to look.
Disabling Traffic Notifications in Google Now
You know when you have a Calendar appointment and Google tells you to leave by a certain time to get there before you’re supposed to be? That setting isn’t generated by Google Maps, but instead by Google Now. Here’s how to get rid of that if you’d like.
At this point, most phones should have Google Assistant, which is a totally different-but-still-super-similar thing to Google Now. The thing is, if you’re not using the Google Now Launcher, Assistant makes it kind of convoluted to get to to Now. So confusing.
If you’re using the Google Now Launcher, simply slide over from the right to the leftmost screen. Otherwise, open the app tray and find the Google app, which is, for all intents and purposes, the Now app at this point.
Slide in from the left or tap the three lines in the top left corner to open the menu. Choose Settings.
Scroll down and select “Your Feed.”
Under the “Get Notified About” section, toggle “Commute and time to leave” to off.
This should be the last step in disabling all traffic notifications (assuming you disabled everything in Maps, of course).