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How to Turn Off Push Notifications

How to turn off push notifications on your Android cell phone

They’re called push notifications. And they certainly are pushy. They’re those constant messages on your phone (ding!) that alert you to a new text, sports score, promo, sale, and everything in between. Some of them you want to see like an email from your boss. Some make you want to throw your phone out the window (do not do this). If you’ve had it up to here with notifications, help is on the way!

You can deal with these distractions several different ways.

Handle them with Do Not Disturb mode

Do Not Disturb is a quick way to keep your phone from making noise at inopportune times. Like when you’re sleeping or in a meeting at work (or sleeping in a meeting at work).

  • pull down the Quick settings menu from the top of your home screen
  • and tap the Do Not Disturb button.

You can also set Do Not Disturb preferences to let through only important calls and texts. In fact, there are many ways you can use Do Not Disturb in Android.

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Sound
  3. Do Not Disturb
  4. Priority only allows
  5. then choose your options. For instance, you can set “priority only” to include incoming calls and texts from your contacts, repeat callers, reminders and event alerts. You can receive call and text alerts from only your innermost circle by setting Calls and messages to Starred contacts only (you can star people by going to your Contacts list). The Repeat callers setting will let callers through if they call two times within 15 minutes.

Enable Priority Mode

You can also enable Priority mode by pulling down the Quick settings menu, tapping Do Not  Disturb and turning on Priority only.

This is one of three Do Not Disturb options in Android:

  • Priority only blocks some calls, texts and app alerts.
  • Alarms only blocks all alerts except your phone’s alarm clock.
  • Total silence stops all alerts.

Turn off lock screen notifications

These are perhaps the most annoying alerts, those notifications that light up your lock screen, usually, it seems, when you least want to be disturbed. You can manage them with varying degrees of rigor—cut them down or shut them down entirely.

To prevent your phone’s lock screen from lighting up whenever a notification comes in:

  • tap Settings > Display
  • then toggle off Ambient display

Another way to do this is:

  • tap Settings > Sound > Do Not Disturb > Block visual disturbances
  • then enable the Block when screen is off setting.
    • Choosing this option will prevent any alerts blocked by Do Not dDsturb from lighting up your lock screen.

You can entirely block alerts from a specific app by tapping Settings > Notifications. Tap the app you want to silence and enable Block all. Or you can choose to show an app’s alerts in silent mode only.

Another way to disable notifications from a particular app is to long-press an alert from that app when it appears. You’ll be given the option of blocking all future alerts or showing them silently.

You can also turn off that light that starts blinking (and keeps blinking) whenever you get a notification.

  • Go to Settings > Notifications
  • Tap the Settings button at the top right of the screen
  • then toggle off the Pulse notification light

Just below the Pulse notification light toggle is a very handy setting that will block all lock-screen alerts even when Do Not Disturb is not switched on.

  • Tap On the lock screen
  • Then choose Don’t show notifications at all

We hope you find these tips helpful and enjoy your new, quiet phone.