How to disable annoying Android notifications

annoying_notificationSometimes, an app annoyingly doesn’t allow you to disable its notifications in the app’s settings. Sometimes, an app even gives advertisements through the notifications, which is even more annoying. If you have Jelly Bean 4.1 or higher, you can fortunately disable almost any app’s notifications straight from the device settings. After the break are instructions on how you can get rid of the pesky alerts. 

1. When you get a notification you don’t want, pull down the notification bar, and hold down the notification until a box pops up that says “App info.” Tap that box.
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(An alternate way to get to “App info” without waiting for the notification to appear is by heading to your device’s settings menu. Under the “Device” heading, tap “Application Manager” and select the app causing the problematic alerts.)

2. Once you get to “App info,”  you should see a check box with “Show notifications” checked.

show_notification_setting 

3. All you need to do is tap on the box to uncheck “Show notifications”, tap “OK” in the warning popup, and you are good to go. No more notifications!

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unchecked_show_notifications

You can always re-enable the notifications by going back into the settings and rechecking the “Show notifications” box.

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  • http://twitter.com/yentrog31 Randell and Koko

    Great tip. Thx for this.

  • Adrian Gonzalez

    Good tip, also you can go to the settings menu–>Apps, search the app and disable the notifications

  • Bent

    Better, go to Google play, give it a one-star review, then uninstall.

    • ginie

      then, it’ll be just an ordinary phone… :/

  • Aurelius Jeffrey

    I tried this with Google Play because they send me notification ads for games every 10 min but there is no option to disable notifications. What a load of crap!

    • Elton Cani

      Open google play app and go to settings then uncheck the notifications bar …
      you can go to the settings by taping the right touchscreen key in your mobile …

  • blah

    What about annoying system notifications that can’t even be dismissed. Android sucks! I want my iPhone back!

  • Roger

    Thanks, you have saved me hours of searching. Roger

  • jiet

    Thanks

  • Sheri

    Thank you! An app I have been using mysteriously started posting ads in my notifications bar and I couldn’t figure out which app was doing it. Like the app, hate the ads.

  • adithya

    Even if you do this and uncheck show notification the notification appears from some application’s what can you do regarding the same! I am using Google nexus 4 with android 4.3

    • sain8075

      Same thing is happening to me! Are you rooted by the way?

  • Thomas

    Thank you!

  • EN

    Are there no risks with this? Can you miss important things? Or is everything working just like berörd but isn’t visible?

    • CD Jorgensen

      You can miss stuff. The device doesn’t know if the notification is important or just advertising. If there are any notifications from that app that you really do want to get, it’s better to just leave all notifications on.

  • CD Jorgensen

    Thank you! There are a lot of apps I like, but when they aren’t active, they had better just keep quiet. I absolutely hate it when I think I’m getting a text, and it turns out to be some game reminding me I haven’t played in a while.

  • abrahavt

    I get notifications from Avaast which I uninstalled and confirmed as not running on the phone. Is there any way I can block it. Using a rooted Nexus 4.

  • dinky

    Yay. Thankyou. This was driving me crazy.

  • twighahn

    I have a battery saver that came with z Android. It is constantly notifying me that it start when the battery gets low

  • Emily Hill

    THANK YOU! I went into the T-Mobile app and unchecked the notifications boxes but I was still getting notifications about my account. This did the trick!

  • brofist

    Thanks bro.

  • spacewalrus

    Thanks!

  • Jenny

    Gmail doesn’t have this checkbox. :/ What the heck!

  • jz100

    All the annoying sounds coming out of my Android devices are really starting to annoy me. Whos brilliant idea was it to attach sounds to every dang update? Then when you have several android devices it multiplies the problem.

  • Sean Singleton

    All I want to do is stop the notifications when I am on a phone call. Any ideas?
    S3 – 4.1.2

  • Lori Knights

    Gosh, thank you.

  • Martin

    Thanks mate.

  • Natacha

    Thank you so much for those simple instructions, you are awesome. Got woken up so many times with Twitter notifications.

  • Diamond Nights

    Unfortunately neither method seems to work on my HTC One V. I see no way to turn off Twitter notifications at all.

  • V2

    Thanks!

  • Pierre Scholtz

    thank you

  • Laura

    Using the LG G2 and unchecked the “show notification” on an app for Megapolis and it still makes the notification sound, but nothing on the notification bar. How can I get the sound to stop? I have turned off all the notifications in the settings on the app itself also.

  • Memphis May [S]unjay

    Thank you.

  • Knitemare

    There are tons of apps that will still pop up sound and notifications despite having the specific app’s “Show Notification” unchecked.

  • MAMAD

    The one for Email is not letting me Uncheck. I dont want these notifications.

  • ganesh

    I hate this fucking thing I hate android for this reason every 10 min this fucking thing appears on screen

  • AlanLadd

    Is there any way to disable the notification bar altogether? It always pops up when I’m talking on the phone and prevents the use of my keypad

  • Bill Reynolds

    thanks!!!!! My notification bar was overflowing. Why on earth would an equalizer app have a notification?!!?

  • fantasticmryams

    Is there any way to do this for only the follow up notification? Like when you don’t read a notification (message) and it makes the noise again. How do I make THAT stop while keeping notifications?

  • biker

    I do this but then the next day is has turned itself back on again??

    • J-Everything

      Same for me any solution to that?

    • Atlantis4569

      That’s my problem! I uncheck the box and the next day I’m getting notifications for the same app I just shut off! I’ve been looking for a way to fix this but can’t find anything online. Pretty frustrating!

  • Stanley Reed

    How to delete all inbox notifications

  • Stanley Reed

    Face book

  • chello

    I’m trying this now so I won’t be reminded of any messages I’m receiving from my whatsapp… hope it works! thanks!

  • deepu

    hi, is there a way of disabling all the notifications all at once? its a pain having to go to every application and doing it again and again for each app.

    thanx.

  • phantazees

    Just tried this on my aps management ap. Seems to have worked but what side effects Ill get is up for grabs. Im just tired of getn update notifications over and over on stuff I dont even use. Too much crap on these phones that you cant totally eliminate. Now…can somebody tell me how to put a gun to the heads of my service and force them to give me what they advertised as “unlimited internet”? This data limitations at 4g is BS! On 3g I get ZERO internet.

  • Charles Williams

    What if you don’t know what’s notifying you then what. I get the annoying “whistle” notification and for the life of me I don’t know what app it is. Someone please help!

  • Coolma

    Doesnt work really. Most apps, especially games, keep updating. When they update they turn the notifications on again. Theres nothing you can do.