How to disable annoying Android notifications


Sometimes, 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.

app info

(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.


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!



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

About the Author: Aditya Thawardas

Born in India and raised in Tennessee, Aditya is currently a marketing/finance student in the College of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh. Aditya started off in the world of smartphones with a first generation iPhone, until he realized what he was doing and quickly switched to Android. He then got an HTC Aria, followed by a Samsung Captivate, and today he is a proud Samsung Galaxy S III owner. Aside from writing for Talk Android, he occasionally writes for the Tennessee Titans blog, as is a huge Titans fan. In addition to the Titans, Aditya also loves all Pitt Panthers teams, the Nashville Predators, Memphis Grizzlies, and Pittsburgh Pirates. He also enjoys playing the guitar.

  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.


    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.


  • 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.

  • Clair

    I dont get the show notifications box underneath the force stop button what can I do?

    • Wade Tritschler

      Yeah, same here. All the sites point to this spot, but that spot is empty in my version of android. No notification option at all.

    • Mike Bluett

      If you want all notifications turned off (including messaging notifications) you can use Settings -> My Device -> Blocking Mode set Turn Off Notifications. But make sure “Block Incoming Calls” is not checked. You can also set a time period when the notifications are disabled.

      • Bill Darcy

        How do I turn off all notifications except texts?

  • Kat

    I want the notifications but I don’t want them popping up with the details with this new OS update. How can we just get them to show in the notification center but not pop up with details?

  • Mike Bluett

    Under Settings -> My Device -> Blocking Mode set Turn Off Notifications only then under the Set Time section unset Always and then set the time period when you do not want to receive notifications. This will at least help you sleep better.

  • Victor Lee

    Thank for this post. It works for me.

  • drvnrain

    I keep getting a notification prompt and I cant find where it is coming from. Anybody know where To go from here?

  • drvnrain

    Its the same sound I get when my charger is plugged in or unplugged…

  • darkangelights

    How do you fix a android galaxy player that dies without a reason?

  • Robert Macari

    I do all the above but for some reason the app redoes it itself and I still get the notifications and I got to go do it all over again

  • SoCalPam

    I just love you. Thank you for this article!!! I just got my first android phone and if FB beeps me ONE MORE TIME…

  • Moonlyre

    My phone doesn’t have the disable notifications thing for me to check. X.x so how do I disable them then? Other then that great advice. :)

  • voicey99

    I suppose the fact that I have the pretty outdated Android v. 2.3.6 means that I cannot turn off notifications

  • charly evans

    this works if you don’t plan to restart your phone. once you restart your phone the notifications will reappear and for someone who has a lot of apps its very annoying as I have to individually uncheck each one. worse of all is when you uncheck the app it takes you right back to the top of the apps and thenni have to scroll down to my last app. it took me 1 hour and a half to uncheck all the apps as I have to scroll down every single time. when I had jellybean I could uncheck the app and it will let me go to the next app in line to be checked that I have kitkat my ram runs very high when I try to clear ram it clears only 2 appplications meanwhile I had 12 mb ram left which is very low.restarting the Samsung galaxy s3 will bring the ram back to a low butit doesn’t take long for the ram to go sky rocket high even when you dotn use the apps

  • Kanomi

    I would like to know the names of the “product engineers” over at Google who thinks that the typical human being is an attention-starved 13-year-old on Ritalin who needs 45 worthless and stupid apps beeping at them 45 times a day.

    • Gess

      Amen!! If only…I’m certain that they would not be looking for attention for some time into the next century! They’re stupid for constantly doing it. The only prob is, we’re stupider for continuing to support the yahoos!

    • Kevin OKeeffe

      Funny as he’ll

    • amyinnh

      When a company’s interview for qualifications don’t include design …

  • Gess

    Not sure what good this article does. I suppose, for some, it may be of use. For me, out of 7 different phones, & numerous versions of android, basically the only notifications I’ve had pop up are the most annoying,, useless, notification of battery low, that constantly pops up because the cheap micro-usb pin/port last no time & the charge won’t stay connected, and fairly regular pio

    • Protiva84

      Low battery is far better than an iOS device. I got a touch, and the damn thing keeps telling me at 20% THEN jumps up to above that… I swear I am not done attempting to jailbreak the bastard… (Android only does it at 14% or so.)

  • Donnie Horner

    My wi fi keeps turning on and I turned of all wi fi looking devices

  • Robert Macari

    your directions works for like a couple of weeks but the app turns the notifications back on by themselves and I have to redo it. any problem solving for that?

  • Yahya Atiya

    The notification gets re-enabled if he battery dies, or you reboot for whatever reason. Bloody annoying to have to disable it EVERY time that happens, or when the app updates. Any workaround for that?

    • Protiva84

      Wonder if there’s an app for that…

  • teejayuk

    Bless your wonderful heart! I have been trying for ages to stop the annoying email notifications on my android phone but none of the sound options worked. You absolute star!!

  • Nutzënbolts

    I keep getting several notifications that appear overnight, reminding me to install Google Keep, along with a reminder that I did use at one point with the app. I’ve uninstalled Keep. I shouldn’t be getting these notifications, and I can’t find where to get rid of them.

  • narvz

    How can I stop the android system app that saying your storage is low I want to stop that notification

    • Android User

      Yes me too however Android System doesn’t allow you to turn off notifications and that low storage warning annoys me. I was hoping to find out why that notification can’t be disabled in this article.

  • Carolyn

    My friend has a new Straight Talk LG22C (Android) phone. He is having every text message & phone call voice announce receiving of those. He wants to disable this permanently from happening. He referred to pg 62 of the Users Guide to turn off the toggle for Message/Voice Notifications; however, it does not keep the text/voice notifications from being heard.
    Any way to disable especially the message notifications?

  • Fickles Picklesworth

    No good, YouTube still add update notification

  • iggy67

    No good when you reboot your device that box it rechecked again. How can you prevent that for happening?

    • Droid Bagel

      I have this same problem with some apps re-enabling notifications without the phone being restarted. I manually unchecked the Allow Notifications box and can even check back later to confirm the unchecked box, but at some point the notifications resume again. I really need a solution because it’s terribly invasive for games or infrequently used apps to notify me at inconvenient times. Any guidance is appreciated.

      – Droid Bagel

      Samsung Galaxy S4 running Android 5.0 (Lollipop)

      • The Ceej

        Apparently, Android apps are allowed to change your personal settings and allow notifications even when you turn them off. And there’s nothing you can do about it other than uninstall the app or upgrade to Windows Phone.

        • amyinnh

          When has windows ever been an “upgrade”?

          • Johnus Moronus

            Dead right, poke my eye out before putting up with another Windows POS phone!

            • amyinnh

              Just read Gates doesn’t even use Windows phone.

  • Indie

    Wrong answer.

  • fuck android

    yea now repeat for the next 200 apps. fucking cunts at android, stupid fucking cunts.

  • Lux67

    Why is my phone LG Optimus without the button ‘Show Notifications’?

  • Paul Ernsberger

    This one is a lifesaver! Thank you!

  • Uday Panigrahi If you don’t know where does it come from , how will u identify it?
    It directly takes me to Play Store.
    The only way to escape is to cancel it.
    Fed up with this.

  • Big Stoppa

    Android is trash.

    Source: My Android

  • Sinan Ferit Tüzer

    my galaxy s5 started giving me these good morning good night etc screens that I have to swipe away whenever they appear. How do you get rid of those?