How to disable annoying notifications in Android

How to disable annoying notifications in Android
Smartphone notifications are pretty useful, there's no denying that. They make it hard to miss an important event, such as an upcoming appointment in one's calendar or the arrival of a new email in their priority inbox. But when abused, notifications can be quite annoying. Android users would surely agree with that – it is a common practice among developers to have their games pushing notifications reminding the user that they have skipped a day without playing or that they're about to miss on an in-app purchase discount. You know, stuff that nobody really cares about. Thankfully, disabling these annoying Android notifications is an easy job, requiring no hacking whatsoever.

For the purpose of this tutorial, we'll disable the notifications for Asphalt 8. It is a great game, but we don't really want to be notified when a new event is in progress. 

Our first stop is the Settings menu. Once there, we find the list with all installed applications, which is labeled as "Apps" on most Android phones. Asphalt 8 is, of course, on the list. Alternatively, if you have not yet dismissed the notification, long-press on it and you'll be given the option to go straight to its info screen. 

Once the app is selected, we're presented with a menu that gives us information about how much storage space it has occupied. This is also where we may disable or uninstall the selected application. None of that is of importance right now, however. See that "Show notifications" option? That's the one you should turn off as it is on by default for any app. Repeat the process for every app which you don't want to receive notifications from.

Keep in mind that you can disable notifications for not only games, but also apps that bug you. Before you do that, however, make sure that an option to disable some or all of the app's notifications isn't already present in its settings. And that's it! Enjoy your annoyance-free Android experience!

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9 Comments

1. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

i didn't know you could do that! thanks Nick

2. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5483; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Or use notification off, all app notification settings in one list. You do need root though. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aboutmycode.NotificationsOff&hl=en

3. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

Actually it's much easier than what was posted. If you long press on the notification, you have direct access the App Info screen (step 4/5).

4. Even4steven

Posts: 44; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Now that was an excellent tip !!!!!!!

5. Nick_T

Posts: 184; Member since: May 27, 2011

Man, how did I forget about this? I'm going to update the article. Thanks!

6. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

or you can long press the app in task switcher then go to app info

8. GMandad

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Oh wow, amazing tip duartix...you just made my day! Thanks.

9. sungyeowl

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 19, 2015

i made an account here just to say thank you! i've been getting notifications from a sneaky built-in app that woulnd't show in the app list (or literally anywhere), so i couldn't turn the notifs off. i had no idea about the long press option, it brought me straight to app info (which i couldn't get to because the app wouldn't show anywhere) and i could shut the damn thing off. thanks!

7. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

I have one tip (request/strategy) I always give 1 STAR in review, if the apps/game can't turn off all/part of the notification, and ask the developer to fix it. With this strategy, I hope the apps/game developer will learn that pushing too much will be bad for their ratting.

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