How to block or prioritize an app's notifications in Android 5.0 Lollipop


The sweetest version of Google's OS, Android 5.0 Lollipop, and is now among the prime candidates for the biggest Android update ever, not only visually, but interface-wise as well.

Among the quite useful, yet somewhat hidden new and improved features is Lollipop's app notification control. This handy ability allows you to determine exactly which apps can post notifications and provide you with quick updates.

The feature works with any app that has requested permission to post notifications (which is almost any app you might have on your phone), but thanks to this new notification control, you can quickly "revoke" this functionality. 

Imagine what a relief this is! No more unwanted notifications from apps that provide you with sensitive information, thus protecting your personal information from potentially unwanted eyes. What's more, no more notifications from games in the middle of the night.

But that's definitely not all! You can also choose which apps can post notifications while your device is in Priority Mode. As a refresher, it was among the new features that made a debut alongside Android 5.0 Lollipop and works much like iOS' Do Not Disturb and Windows Phone's Quiet Hours modes. Check out how right below.

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10 Comments

1. Jubin unregistered

How did you guys get a black background there? I don't have it on my Nexus 5

2. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

This is a modded Google Play edition ROM for GPE Galaxy S4. Works like a charm with the AMOLED display!

3. AlikMalix unregistered

Um... I'm shocked you guys dont have this yet.... we had it on iOS for YEARS!!! No, seriously this is new to Android? - Customized per App Notifications? I thought you can customize anything on Android - Notifications is an important one guys... Well I guess 99.X% still dont have it given that Lollipop is still only on sub-1% Android phones. You guys will enjoy this when you get the update in this year or next... Look, bottom line, there are so many of these things that aren't on Android phones, this one is a surprise to me, but where are the people that keep saying Android can do anything iOS can when there are simple things like this that are hugely necessary but not possible to "customize" on android?

4. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

One of things I miss for IOS. Usually I was blocking all those programs...

5. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

To be completely fair, 3rd-party Android apps that allow to control notifications have existed for a long time. Then again, said functionality baked inside the OS by default is a novelty.

6. durrav

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

The only thing that is new i the priority part. You have been able to block notifications from any app at least since ICS (4.0). I did it on Tasker prior to Lollipop to get rid of the icon in the notification area that was there as long as the app was active. So... Android users have been able to do this for YEARS too!!!

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

It has been there, customized notifications on an app basis. But how you would get there was a bit tricky. You had to go to settings, app settings, open the app and there you could (un)check the notification permission (although there are apps that show them nicely in one list). And there wasn't a difference in priority or normal notifications. But you don't need a third party app to set notifications on/off for apps. Also the author left out an important one, sensitive notifications. It would only show when there is a security lock in place (pin, pattern,etc). But you could mark an app as sensitive and it wouldn't show on the lock screen.

8. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

now, android used to have separate tones for notification and incoming calls...then they were merged... are they back separate on lollipop ? i mean, we like to put notification on silent during the night, but still want to keep the ringtone volume for "favorite" people ie. family in case of emergency...

9. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Did Android just discover warm water? Priority Hub is a main feature on BlackBerry's Hub. Assigning different ringtones on individual apps has been around since OS6.

10. manuel1992

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 18, 2013

What's the name of the custom rom? I really like the dark background and it will help battery life a lot

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