Here's how to disable peeking heads-up notifications in Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Heads-up notifications debuted along with Android 5.0 Lollipop last year and it seems that they are here to stay, as Marshmallow is still putting its full faith in these. All in all, they are a rather neat way to get a preview of any incoming notification and there are little to no reasons not to be enjoying these.

However, there's a major "but" in the whole equation that might be ruining the experience for most users. As most developers tend to enable this by default, a user might easily get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of notifications that want a piece of that heads-up action, all the more in case the user has a large number of apps installed.

Well, Marshmallow is aiming to make it easier for users to have control on what apps to make use of the peeking feature. We will show you how to make use of it and prevent certain apps from posting heads-up notifications.



5. Hatshipuh

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

I find it funny that the article picture features AndroidPolice's Michael Crider and Artem Russakovskii

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Thanks PA.

1. TyrionLannister unregistered

The worst part about them at lollipop(fixed in marshmallow) is that you can't dismiss them. If you do that, it gets removed from the notification tray too. It's extremely annoying especially if you are doing something important and you sit there impotently waiting for it to go away. Those are the longest 5 seconds of your day.

3. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

I was able to do this on my Nexus 5 when it had lollipop. I guess 5.1 or 5.1.1 introduced dismissing.

4. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

You could dismiss them with an up swipe. I did it all the time. If you left or right swipe the heads up notification it would clear it.

7. TyrionLannister unregistered

I'll try it. TBH I never tried up-swiping it.

6. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

My Moto X running 5.1 you are able to dismiss them. However, I have to agree with you, is one of the most annoying parts of the OS. Also, if you don't use the screen lock, someone can peek at your messages as they are being delivered.

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