Save Your Battery and Your Sanity by Changing Android Notifications

Setting up a new Android phone means you’ll spend more than a few minutes on the Google Play store downloading apps. It also means that you will be dealing with more than a few annoying pop-ups in the form of notifications from all of these new apps. Once you know what to turn on (and off), it’s easy to deal with the sheer amount of vibrations, ringing spots and dots.

To change the notification you see in the menu bar, drag down the notification panel and slide your finger over the message until you see the settings icon. Click on the settings icon and turn off the notification.

To sort out the issue with notifications, select “Apps & notifications” in the “Settings” app. You will see a list of recently used apps, a drop-down menu containing all the other apps on your Android phone, options for setting system-wide notification rules, and a list of app permissions that you can change for each app.

Make system-wide notification changes

You can change the notification settings for each app by selecting Notifications under the list of recently opened apps. There you can enable or disable notification dots in apps, LED blinking, and what content is shown on the lock screen. You can also configure the fingerprint reader to show and hide notifications by swiping down and up on the reader.

Choose what sensitive information you see

Depending on the app, you might receive information just for your eyes, such as messages from your family or your boss. You can hide the content of notifications with sensitive information on the lock screen by selecting “Hide sensitive content of notifications” under the “Notifications” section. You will still receive alerts, but they will be missing important information until you unlock them yourself.

Disable apps completely

You can prevent apps from bothering you altogether by turning off their access to notifications. Select the app you want to disable, then select App Notifications and turn off its notifications. Changing the notification status ensures that you never see its tiny icon at the top of the window, but your app can still update in the background.

Bypassing Do Not Disturb

Using Do Not Disturb mode allows you to hide unimportant notifications or unwanted messages while you are trying to do something. Of course, if you absolutely need notification from some app (looking at you, Dodge ), you can specify which apps are allowed to punch through your wall of radio silence.

Save battery life

Turning off app notifications probably means you don’t want to hear from it until you want to use it. In this case, you should turn off its background data access so that it doesn’t use your mobile data behind the scenes. Select the app you want, hit Data Usage and turn off background data, which should help you save a few megabytes and let your battery last a little longer.


Leave a Reply