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Notifications are an important part of the Android experience, but they can be abused. Some apps go out of their way to be noticed, which is very annoying. We’ll help you wrangle up those Android notifications that turn on your screen and stop them.

A typical Android notification will simply ring or vibrate your device. Enabling Do Not Disturb mode will silence these. However, some apps will actually turn on the display to really grab your attention. Not only can this drain your battery quicker, but it’s also just kind of annoying and rude.

Unfortunately, Android does not have a system-wide setting to prevent apps from doing this. Some devices allow you to make all apps wake the screen, but the option to do the opposite doesn’t exist.

So, what are your options? Well, there are two things that you can do. First, go to the source of the problem and see whether the app has an option to disable waking the screen for notifications. This is going to vary greatly depending on the app.

One example is Snapchat, a popular Android app that wakes the screen for notifications by default. You can disable this by tapping your profile icon > gear icon > Notifications > uncheck “Wake Screen” from within the app.

Snapchat notification options

If you don’t have any luck with the app itself, you can make the notifications “silent.” The notification won’t make any alert sounds or vibrations, but you’ll still be able to see it when swiping down from the top of the screen. Most importantly, it won’t wake your screen.

First, swipe down from the top of your device’s screen (once or twice, depending on your phone or tablet’s manufacturer) and tap the gear icon to open the Settings menu.

Next, select “Apps & Notifications.”

Select "Apps & Notifications"

Tap “See All [Number] Apps” for the full list of installed apps.

Expand the menu to see all of your apps

Find the offending app from the list.

select an app from the list

Now, select “Notifications.”

Select the "Notifications" option

If you don’t want to fiddle with fine settings, you can simply turn off all notifications with the toggle at the top.

If you don't want to mess with individual settings, you can toggle off all notifications

But if you want more control, underneath it is the list of Notification Channels. Select the channel associated with the type of notification that you want to silence.

Alternatively, choose a Notification channel

Now, select the “Silent” option.

Select the "Silent" setting

Once you select “Silent,” a new toggle will appear. You can choose to “Minimize” the notification as well, which means that it will be collapsed to one line at the bottom of your notifications.

You can toggle on the option to also "Minimize" the notification in the notification shade

It would be great if there was a big universal switch to prevent all apps from waking the screen. But until that feature is added (if ever), you’ll have to take matters into your own hands with these methods.

RELATED: What Are Android Notification Channels?

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