Advertisements serve as a way for companies to boost user engagement and promote their apps and services on Android. While advertisements are acceptable to a point, some apps exploit the nature of the operating system to send spam notifications and pop-up ads. We have already explained how you can block pop-up ads on Android, and in this article, you’ll learn how to block spam notifications on your Android phone.
Block Spam Notifications on Android
Spam notifications primarily originate from two sources – first-party/third-party apps and web browsers. Today, we will be detailing how to block unwanted notifications from both of these categories.
Disable Spammy Push Notifications from Apps
1. Whenever you spot a notification that you don’t really find useful, long-press it and choose ‘Turn off notifications’. You will either find a direct button to stop notifications (as seen below) or an App Info button that redirects you to the app’s settings page based on your phone’s Android version.
2. If you successfully manage to disable the notification, you’ll see a prompt that reads ‘You won’t see these notifications anymore’. In case you change your mind or accidentally disabled an important notification, you can tap on the Undo button to restore it.
3. If you’re planning to disable notifications for multiple apps, head to Settings -> Apps and Notifications (path might slightly differ based on OEM) on your phone. Here, you can see the apps that are sending you notifications and choose to disable them.
Disable Spam Notifications from Browser
1. The procedure to disable spam notifications from websites is similar to the one for other apps. When you see a spam notification from your browser, long-press and disable it.
2. Alternatively, you can visit Site Settings from the browser’s Settings -> Site settings -> Notifications to individually manage notifications. You have the option to entirely block browser notifications or require websites to seek your permission before sending notifications.
State of Push Notifications on Android
To help users efficiently manage notifications, Android implemented Notification Channels, starting with Android Oreo. With Notification channels, you get categories to finetune the type of notifications you receive. For instance, if you don’t want promotions from a food delivery app, you can choose to block that specific channel while receiving important delivery alerts.
While Android requires modern apps to implement Notifications Channels, some apps including first-party ones like Google Pay don’t support notification channels yet, which is unfortunate and disappointing. As a result, if the spammy app pushes all notifications (important notifications and promotions) through the same channel, you’ll have to uninstall the app, entirely disable notifications including important ones, or tolerate such notifications.
Disable Spam Notifications on your Android Phone
So, that was our quick guide to help you disable annoying push notifications on your phone. If you found this helpful, let us know the app that spammed you the most in the comments. While you’re at it, I would highly recommend you to check out our article on removing bloatware from your phone for a better overall user experience.
A couple of months ago, Google and Apple announced that both the companies are working together on a system that can track the spread of coronavirus through data collected via Bluetooth Low Energy transmissions.
Both the companies have now rolled out this new feature through software update. In this guide, we’ll show you how you can disable the feature on your smartphone. We’ll also show you how you can turn off exposure logging and notifications on Android.
Note that the there’s now a section for COVID-19 Notifications in the Settings menu, nothing is enabled by default. For it to work, you need to download an app from your local public health organization before any contact tracing starts working.
How to disable Exposure Notification on Android
Step 1: Go the “Settings” app on your smartphone. You can open the app through launcher or just by clicking the gear icon on the notifications drop-down menu.
Step 2: Now, scroll down and search for the “Google” option and then tap on it.
Step 3: In there, tap on “COVID-19 Exposure Notifications” at the top of the list.
If you don’t see the option on your smartphone, then your device hasn’t received the May 2020 or newer update and the Exposure Notifications API hasn’t been installed on your smartphone.
Step 4: Select “Delete Random IDs” to remove any anonymous Bluetooth beacon information that the smartphone has recorded.
Step 5: You can also opt to “Turn Off Exposure Notifications” to disable the contact tracing feature entirely.
Do note that the feature for sharing data is voluntary and only works if the user has granted permission to apps provided by the local health organization.
September 14, 2017, 9:00am EDT
So here’s the scenario: you grab your phone and don’t see anything in the notification bar. But you pull the shade down, and there one is. It’s a mysterious little guy with no icon in the bar.
This, in a nutshell, is a silent notification—a notification that shows up with no audible or visual alert to let you know it’s there. Why? Because it’s not that important. It’s passive information; something that you can check on at any point. It isn’t necessarily time sensitive, nor does it require any interaction. It’s just there to let you know something you may want to know.
Let’s take Maps for example. I’m sure most of us have seen Maps’ traffic notifications—the thing that lets you know how congested the roads are in your area. That’s the perfect example of a silent notification. It’s there, but you really don’t know when it got there, because it didn’t alert you in any way.
Now, I get why a lot of people don’t like that with Maps (which is exactly why we covered how to disable the notification), but that’s just one example. There are other types of silent notifications available on Android, many of which are generated by the Google App itself.
For example, let’s say you listen to an artist a lot on Google Play Music. Occasionally, a silent notification may let you know when that artist releases a new album. I love that.
The same goes for searches—if you’ve researched an upcoming movie or something similar, there’s a chance you could get a silent notification to let you know when said movie is released. Or if you’ve searched for information on certain sports teams, you may get a silent notification of game scores when those teams are playing.
Silent notifications represent passive, non-important information that just might be something you want to know, but not something you need to know.
And here’s the best part: with Android Oreo, you can turn almost any notification into a silent notification—as long as the app has been updated with full Oreo support.
This is thanks to Android’s new Notification Channels in Oreo. Essentially, these allow you to completely customize compatible apps’ notification settings. For example, I completely disabled the visual notification when taking screenshots by settings the notification priority to low. Android still notifies me when I’ve taken a screenshot, but I don’t get any visual or audible cues about it. Since I take so many screenshots, I’ve longed for the day when I didn’t have to dismiss the stupid notification from the bar after every single one. Thanks, Google.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a blanket way to disable silent notifications, since they’re generated by different apps. The best thing you can do is long-press the notification and edit the app’s settings, after learning which one is generating the notification in the first place.
Recently launched Android Q Beta 2 update includes several changes such as notification bubbles, new iPhone X style gesture to quickly switch between apps, emulator for foldable screen, swipe action for notifications and more. But in this tutorial, I’ll show you complete process to enable or disable notification bubbles in Android Q Beta 2 devices including Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
You can individually turn on bubble notifications for app in android Q Beta 2 using apps and notification settings in all Pixel devices. If you don’t want to use notification bubbles, disable bubbles notification on android Q Beta 2. Check out below given step by step process to turn notification bubbles on or off in your Pixel devices.
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How to enable or disable notification bubbles in Android Q Beta 2 / Android 10
You can change Android Q Beta 2 notification bubbles settings for apps using below given apps and notification settings.
1 st Way: Turn on or turn off notification bubbles for individually app
Step 1: Swipe down from top of the screen twice and tap Settings gear icon
Step 2: Tap Apps and notifications
In Android Q Beta 2 update, you can see last three recently opened apps as horizontally instead of vertical in Android Q Beta 1.
Step 3: Tap See all apps
List of install all apps available in your device.
Step 4: Select app you want to disable app bubble for notifications
Step 5: Tap Notifications
You can see list of app notification settings in android Q Beta 2.
Step 6: Tap Advanced at end of the page
Here you can see “allow notification dot” and “allow notification bubbles” options. By default turned on both option.
Step 7: Now enable/disable bubble notification for app in android Q Beta 2 on Pixel devices you want
2 nd Method: Disable notification bubbles in Android Q Beta 2 for all apps at once
You can enable or disable notification bubbles in Android Q Beta 2 on Google Pixel and other Pixel devices using below given settings.
Step 1: Open app drawer in your android Q and tap Settings app
Step 2: Tap Apps & notifications
Here you can see time spent in apps, Notifications, default apps, permission manager, emergency alert and special app access settings.
Step 3: Tap Notifications
Step 4: Tap Advanced
You can see new added Swipe actions feature for notification in your running android Q Beta 2 supported devices.
Step 5: Turn off “Allow notification bubbles” toggle
It will disable notification bubbles for all apps at once in your android Q Beta 2. Now open any apps notification settings and you can’t see allow notification bubble option. To see this setting, turn on it again using above settings.
And that’ll. We hope this makes it clear how to enable or disable notification bubbles in Android Q Beta 2. If you have any kind of trouble, tell us in below comment box. Stay and connect with us for latest updates.
tutorial by Ciprian Adrian Rusen published on 05/06/2019
An unwelcome trend in the mobile world is spam notifications sent to Android devices, using browsers such as Google Chrome, Samsung Internet, Opera or others. Many users end up being invaded with unwanted notifications with sexual content, offers for weight loss or hair growth products, rogue ads, how to find out when they are going to die, and so on. Their diversity is mind-boggling, and once you tap on a spam notification, it generates others, more frequent and diverse than before. If you encounter this problem, here is how to fix it:
Step 1. See the name of the Android app used to send the spam notifications
When you see a spam notification, do not tap on it. Expand it and look at the app used to send the notification, and the domain sending it. Since most Android users use Google Chrome as their default browser, this is what we are going to use for this tutorial. Our spam notifications come from subdomains of a site named beriacroft. Do not visit it. It is going to invade you with spam and malware.
NOTE: The steps are similar for other browsers too, so keep reading, even if you use Samsung Internet, Opera or another browser.
Step 2. Open the browser used for spam notifications on your Android device
Next, open the browser used to send you spam notifications. Find its shortcut on your home screen or in the app drawer. In our case, we tapped on Chrome to open the browser.
Step 3. Open the notification settings in your browser
You need to access the settings of your web browser. If you are using Google Chrome, tap the three dots buttons on the top-right corner.
In the menu that opens, tap on Settings.
You are shown several categories of settings. Tap Notifications.
Step 4. Disable the spam notifications
Google Chrome shows you many options for controlling notifications in different ways. The radical approach is to disable all notifications from your web browser. However, this is going to stop all notifications, including useful ones about downloads, using the Incognito private browsing, and so on.
If you want to do this, tap the switch on the top, above all the settings, so that it is set to Off. Then you see a message stating that Android is blocking this app’s notifications from appearing on your device, like in the screenshot below.
If you want to keep legitimate notifications and block only those you do not want, scroll down the list of notification settings, to the Sites category. There you see all the sites that send you notifications. Near their name, you either have a checkbox or a switch. To disable the notifications you do not want, uncheck the box near their site name or set their switch to Off. The problem with spam notifications is that they keep generating new domains from which to send them. Therefore, you may not disable all spam domains, leave one unchecked, and have spam notifications reappear later, from new domains. One way to solve this problem is to disable all notifications from sites. To do that, set the “Show notification” switch to Off, in the Sites section. The list of sites sending notifications disappears, like in the screenshot below.
From now on, all websites are blocked from sending notifications to your Android smartphone or tablet.
Bonus solution: Reset your browser to its defaults
Another solution that works, and we enjoy using for solving this problem, is to reset the browser used to send spam notifications. Use the instructions in this guide, for your web browser: How to reset an Android app without “deleting it.”
After the browser is reset to its factory defaults, start it again. You see that it works as if it was never used before. This means that you also have to reconfigure it, add your account, and so on, so that it works like it used to, this time without spam notifications.
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Android used to have a notification ticker, but those days are long gone. Now, important new messages pop up on the top half of your screen with what’s known as a “heads up notification.” If you’re in the middle of something, these popup notifications can be pretty annoying — luckily, it’s pretty easy to turn them off.
Some phones and OS versions will have a menu that lets you turn off these notifications, but it’s usually only on a per-app basis, meaning you’d have to turn off dozens of toggles to finally put an end to all heads up notifications. There’s also an interesting app called Heads Off that will block them for you, but it runs a background service, which can consume extra battery.
We’ve found that the easiest catch-all method involves sending a single ADB command that tweaks a low-level system setting. Instead of actively blocking these popup notifications or blocking them for a single app, this method just turns off all heads up notifications without any battery drain.
- Android 6.0 or higher
- Windows, Mac, or Linux computer
- USB data cable
Step 1: Install ADB
Honestly, this first step is the hardest part. If you’ve already set up ADB on your computer and on your phone, go ahead and skip to Step 2. But if you’re new to ADB, I’ll provide some helpful links and a brief explainer.
ADB, or Android Debug Bridge, is a set of tools that let you send commands to your phone from your computer. Many times, ADB allows you to access certain system settings that don’t appear in your regular Settings app — that’s the case with this simple workaround.
So to get this one going, you’ll need to start by installing ADB on your computer. That process is outlined in detail at the following link, so head over there to get started:
Step 2: Open a Command Window in the Right Directory
Next, you’ll need to open a command window on your computer, which is how you’ll send the ADB command to block heads up notifications. The tricky part is making sure the command window is open to the right directory.
If you’re using Windows, hold down the Windows button on your keyboard, then press the “R” key. From there, type “cmd” into the prompt and hit enter.
If you’re using a Mac or a Linux machine, you’ll just need to open the Terminal app. Tip for Mac users: Press command and space bar simultaneously, then type “Terminal” into Spotlight search and hit enter.
With your command window open, now it’s time to change directories — this is the tricky part. You’ll need to run this command from the platform-tools folder within your ADB installation directory, which will vary depending on how you installed ADB.
So search your hard drive for the platform-tools folder — most built-in file browsers (like Windows Explorer) will have a search bar in the top-right corner, so just type in “platform-tools.” Once you’ve found the folder, copy its full location, which should look something like this, depending on your operating system:
C:Program Files (x86)Androidandroid-sdkplatform-tools
Once you’ve found the full location of the platform-tools folder, type “cd” into the command prompt, then add a space. Finally, paste the full folder location into the prompt and hit enter. The end result should look like this:
cd C:Program Files (x86)Androidandroid-sdkplatform-tools
Step 3: Verify the ADB Connection
Next, plug your phone into your computer with a USB data cable. Then, to make sure things are connected properly, enter the following command in the prompt on your computer:
Note: Linux, Mac, and Windows PowerShell users will have to add a period and a slash (./) to the beginning of any commands listed here. Example: ./adb devices
One of three things will happen next. First, if everything’s working properly, you’ll see a series of letters and numbers followed by the word “device” (as shown above). Second, if everything’s working, but you haven’t let ADB access your phone yet, you’ll see a dialog box on your Android asking you to do so (pictured below) — if so, tick the box next to “Always allow,” then press “OK.” Finally, if nothing happens, you’ll need to check your ADB installation — refer back to this guide.
Step 4: Disable Heads Up Notifications
At this point, actually disabling heads up notifications on your phone is incredibly easy. Just paste the following line into the command prompt, then hit enter.
adb shell settings put global heads_up_notifications_enabled 0
Note: Remember the “./” if you’re on Mac, Linux, or Windows PowerShell.
From now on, heads up notifications are a thing of the past — alerts will no longer pop over the top portion of your screen. This goes for all apps system-wide, and it won’t consume any battery since you’ve simply altered a deep-level system setting. You won’t get the ticker back (that’s gone for good), so you’ll simply hear a beep and/or a vibration and see the app icon in your status bar.
Step 5: Enable Heads Up Notifications Again (Optional)
If you decide you want to enable heads up notifications again at any point in the future, it’s easy. Just repeat Steps 2–4 of this guide again, but replace the command in Step 4 with this one:
adb shell settings put global heads_up_notifications_enabled 1
No battery drain, no enabling dozens of toggles in settings — just a simple ADB command to turn heads up notifications on or off. Gotta love that, right? If you ran into any troubles or would like any help with ADB, let us know in the comments below and we’ll try to steer you in the right direction.
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Android 4.1 offers the user a check box to disable notifications for a specific application.
However, as a developer we have no way to know whether a call to notify was effective or not.
I really need to check if the notifications are disabled for the current application but I can’t find any setting for that in the API.
Is there ever a way to check this setting in the code?
6 Answers 6
You can’t 100% can’t.
It is asked in this Google I/O 2012 video and the Project lead for the new notifications declares that you can’t.
2016 update: Now you can check it, as said in this Google I/O 2016 video.
Use NotificationManagerCompat.areNotificationsEnabled() , from support library, to check if notifications are blocked on API 19+. The versions below API 19 will return true (notifications are enabled).
Answer from @blundell is correct but there is a minor change in newer versions.
Actually this is pretty easy to do:
If you are using Xamarin and you need this answer you can use this code:
It seems like there is no way to query notification state.
I recommend this:
- Design you application with notifications.
- Let user to disable notifications from application’s settings.
- Check whether notifications are clicked. If user clicks notification, save this to preferences.
- In your app, if notification setting is on, and if user is Android 4.1+ (API 16), but if user doesn’t click notification for some days / weeks, assume that user disabled notifications.
Not 100% correct. But this gives an opinion.
For example if user doesn’t click any app notification for 10-15 days, probably he disabled it
I use this method to check whether the notifications are enabled or not, the above-mentioned methods will work for checking whether notifications enabled or not. But from Android 8 onwards for creating notifications we have to create a channel first, so from Oreo, we have to check for your notification channel enabled or not.
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If you have a android Smartphone and you want to Disable and Customize Notifications in Android Oreo then you are in the right place.This simple article will guide you to Disable and Customize Notifications in Android Oreo.
Notifications are a great help. They inform you of things that need your attention, so you never miss anything. The problem comes when these notifications cross over to the annoying side. You can’t live without them, but there comes a time when you need a break.
Disabling or customizing notifications in the following way is a method that is only going to work on AndroidOreo and one that will finally give you that relief you need from all those notifications.
How to Disable Notifications in Android Oreo
- If you want to take a break and get rid of notifications altogether, go to “Settings -> Apps & Notifications -> Notifications -> Notifications (On for all apps.)” Tap on the dropdown menu and choose “Apps: turned off.”
- To disable the notifications for a particular app or a few apps, you need to tap on the apps whose notifications you want to remove. Once you’re in the notification settings, toggle off the on option for the app to disable notifications only for that app.
How to Customize Notifications in Android Oreo
- By pulling down on the notification shade and doing a long-press on the notification you want to modify, you should now see the “All Categories” option appear. After tapping on the All Categories option, you’ll see a category configuration page for notifications, but only for the app you chose.
- Within the app you’ll see all the types of notifications you’re getting for the app. Look through the list and simply toggle off the notifications you don’t want to receive anymore.
- To leave the notifications app, tap on the back arrow, and repeat the process for any other app. There will be some apps that don’t offer the features, and not all of them will have the same support – for example, Messenger. As you can see, the notifications don’t have as many options as others apps.
How to Snooze Notifications for Later
- For those times when you just can’t deal with notifications, try the “Snooze” feature. This feature comes in handy for those times when you want to deal with the notifications later. You can snooze the notifications so they will re-appear at the time you set up.
- To re-schedule a notification, swipe either right or left of the notification, and tap on the clock. By default, the notification will re-appear in an hour, but you can modify that to fifteen minutes, thirty minutes, or two hours. Keep in mind that persistent notifications can’t be rescheduled.
How to Enable/Disable Notification Dots
Android Oreo came with a notification dots feature. With dots you can do things such as take a sneak peek at your notifications and even act on them. If you want to give these dots a try, go to “Settings -> Apps & Notifications -> Notifications -> Notifications -> Allow notification dot.”
Android Oreo makes it easy to keep your notifications under control. You can decide what kind of notifications you get and when. I would expect to see more articles. Hopefully the tutorial is useful. If you want to request articles or provide suggestions & criticism please contact me at Contact Me. If anyone wants to ask please leave a comment, and do not forget like Facebook fanpages genkes.
We often see “New story” notifications popping up even if Google News app isn’t installed on our Android device. These news story alerts displayed in the notifications shade are actually triggered by the Google app. As you may be well aware, Google app comes pre-installed on all Android devices across the globe with China being an exception. The Discover Feed (formerly Google Feed) integrated into the Google app is responsible for these push notifications.
At times, you may find Google news notifications annoying and unnecessary. In such a case, you can simply turn off news notifications from Google. Doing so will stop Google news alerts from showing up in the notifications area as well as the lock screen. Here’s how you can do it on Android phones running the latest version of Google app.
Turn off News story notifications from Google
- Open the Google app.
- Tap More from the bottom right.
- Go to Settings and open Notifications.
- Under Other, uncheck the categories from which you do not want to get the notifications. Optionally, you can turn off notifications for Google Assistant too.
That’s it! The notifications appearing from various categories such as Sports scores, Stocks and Topics of interest won’t bother you anymore.
Find which category sent the push notification
You can also figure out the exact category from which a particular notification has originated. To do so, follow the steps below.
- Swipe left halfway on the certain new story notification.
- Tap the gear icon.
- See the parent category. (Topics of interest in this case)
- Now head back to the Notifications settings in Google app.
- Simply turn off the notifications from that particular category.
Tip: You can also tap “Stop notifications” from within the notifications shade to quickly stop alerts for that individual category.
How to Stop Google News notifications
On the other hand, if you want to stop notifications from Google News app then the steps will be different.
- Open Google News app.
- Tap your profile icon at the top right.
- Go to Settings and select Notifications.
- Set the intensity to Low if you want to receive fewer notifications.
- To completely stop notifications from all categories, turn off the toggle for “Get notifications”.
Now you won’t receive any kind of notifications from Google News app. Though you can continue to check the news and other topics of interest from the news app.