How to get Android L Version's heads-up notifications on any Android 4.0+ device

How to get Android L Version's heads-up notifications on any Android 4.0+ device
Among the new features to make it into Android L Version are the so-called "Heads-up" notifications. Similar to iOS, they conveniently show up directly on your screen, instead of piling up in the notification drawer. They can be instantly dismissed with a single swipe, and some of them let you interact with apps without opening them. It's an elegant way of managing notifications for apps and events you consider important, and we consider it a welcome addition to Android.

While the official L Version release is months ahead, you don't have to wait 'till Fall to get this particular goodie, as enterprising developers have already ported the feature to devices running Android 4.0 and up. The best part, aside from previewing some new functionality, is that you don't have to root your device if you're running Android 4.3 or up. There are two methods to get heads-up notifications early, both with rooting (using Xposed) and without (app-based). Here they are:

The no-rooting method (only Android 4.3+)


XDA member Dr. Alexander Breen released Heads Up! (Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.woodblockwithoutco.headsup), a $0.99 app that's also available for free inside the XDA Forum. It does its thing flawlessly, and it's very much worth the dollar. Install and launch it on your device. Tap "Start" and enable "Heads-up notifications service". Voilla!

Although you're already set, consider dropping by the Settings menu to see what's in store. Every option is explained, so we won't plunge into details, but it's good to mention you can choose to ignore silent and ongoing notifications, as well as open related apps by double-tapping on their notifications. You can also set their durations from one to ten seconds. In Heads Up!'s main window, there's also a Whitelist menu. In there, you can have specific apps' alerts show up as notifications.

If everything went as planned, your notifications will now behave like they came from Android L Version. We advise you to make use of heads-up notifications only for apps you'd like to have more immediacy with. Otherwise, your home-screen can quickly become a spam-board!

The rooting method with Xposed (Android 4.0 and up)


This method assumes you have a rooted Android device with Xposed installed. If you haven't heard about the Xposed Framework yet, you can read more about it here. Anyway, getting heads-up notifications is as simple as installing the Xposed module of the same name from the Xposed Installer app. After rebooting, look for the Heads Up Notifications app in the app drawer. Compared to Heads-up!, its options are more limited. You can toggle ongoing notifications, set a delay time in milliseconds, and choose to ignore notifications from specific apps. That's pretty much all there's to it, and the end result will look something like this:


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32 Comments

1. Daboss

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 27, 2013

"Similar to ios" (since 2008) Who is copying who?

2. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

only Ios users have the right to have this feature. Fork this selfish world

7. Daboss

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 27, 2013

Nope. Just asking them driod folks bashing ios 8.

10. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Yeah. And when iOS or WP "copy's" a feature from Android, you fandroids start with the trolling and hating, since only Android users have the right to have those features.

11. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Here comes the pathetic Grandpa guy. GTFO.

14. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Hey kid, get off my back. Now I know you're pretty much jobless and useless, hence you come here to troll or irritate other people. Go away! Pay more attention to your books and do your homework. In that way, you'll not have time for irritating others, and you will also do good to your academic performance in your school. Sound right?

15. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Bla bla bla, bring something new and original, fanboy.

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Copies* Starting a war, are we?

13. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Thanks for correcting my English there. And no, I don't intend to start a war. That guy states that Android has copied a feature from iOS. And then he states that is OK for companies to copy each other and everyone has the right to have a certain feature on their OS as well. But then, if iOS or WP, *copies* a feature from Android, he will start trolling and hating on them. What logic is that stated by hafini there?

16. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Hafini is not a troll, I'll give you that. And please stop pretending to be civilised, everybody knows your pathetic side.

20. ChandlerBing

Posts: 35; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

You seem to be really attracted to NokiaFTW. Hey, I'm ok with gay thing btw.

21. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Yeah Joey must be really satisfying you eh?!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandler_Bing

17. engineer-1701d unregistered

the thing is android phone have been able to do this and some have done this depending on phone makers software just like Samsung and split screen

3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

WP has this feature as well. They all copy from each other (or get inspired by). And be glad about it, so all platforms can have the feature that work.

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Yes, the same year Apple added copy/paste feature on iOS, and henceforward they started to copy others and also started to whine about others copying them. Funny isn't it? :D

19. engineer-1701d unregistered

hahahaha iOS didn't even have notification pulldown back then or cards hahaha iOS worst is ever

27. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Google didn't talk sh*t about Apple before copying this...

29. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

symbian had from the begining

4. Aplusk

Posts: 120; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

That wallpaper is pretty.

6. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Nice info. Hope Xposed will have some mods in future for changing the unwanted things in Android L like the new recents and notif. drawer.

8. Cicero

Posts: 1115; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

But it is another way wich reside in the power and great devs of android: in the PlayStore it is an app called NiLS by royman wich ia dooing the same notifications. And mean exactly the same. And it is there from long time. I am using on all my family devices with 4.1.2, 4.2.2 and 4.4.3 android. You ios users come and get the power and FREDOM (saying a former ios user wich escape from "prison").

18. engineer-1701d unregistered

I could say well android just wanted to clean it up to perfection before putting it out there

9. crazymonkey05

Posts: 188; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

I personly use NILS its been awesome and 100% responsive.....I was expecting laggy and delayed notifications but no it has been awesome!!

24. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

When I tried NILS it seemed to only work on the lock screen. This article seems to be talking about a feature that works on the home screen?

26. Cicero

Posts: 1115; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

NILS also have a widget similar with the one in lockscreen. NiLS is the predecessor of notification on android L. One very good app.

25. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I also remember having to give NILS the authority to pop up notifications without having to enter my PIN. That seems like a security compromise to me.

22. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

Really nice! Works like a charm on Note 3(N9005) .

28. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Can you tell me which module I should download? I couldn't do it...

30. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

Download it from xda thread...google: xda heads up

32. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

It says "This module enables Heads Up Notifications on KitKat devices." is there something I am missing?

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