Notifications are an important part of the Android experience, but they can be abused. Some apps try their best to get noticed, which is very annoying. We’ll help you fix those Android notifications that turn on and stop your screen.
A typical Android notification will just make your device ring or vibrate. Enabling Do Not Disturb mode will disable them. However, some apps will actually turn on the screen to really grab your attention. Not only can this drain your battery faster, but it̵
Unfortunately, Android doesn’t have a system-wide setting to stop apps from doing this. On some devices, you can have all apps wake the screen, but the option to do the opposite doesn’t exist.
So, what are your options? Well, there are two things you can do. First, go to the source of the problem and see if the app has an option to disable the notification screen activation. This will vary greatly depending on the app.
An example is Snapchat, a popular Android app that activates the screen for notifications by default. You can disable this by tapping your profile icon > gear icon > Notifications > “Wake Screen” from within the app.
If you’re not lucky with the app itself, you can make the notifications ‘silent’. The notification doesn’t make any warning sounds or vibrations, but you can still see it when you swipe down from the top of the screen. Most importantly, it won’t wake up your screen.
First, swipe down from the top of your device’s screen (once or twice, depending on your phone or tablet manufacturer) and tap the gear icon to open the Settings menu.
Then select ‘Apps and notifications’.
Tap “View All” [Number] Apps” for the full list of installed apps.
Find the offending app in the list.
Now select ‘Notifications’.
If you don’t want to mess with fine settings, you can simply disable all notifications with the toggle at the top.
But if you want more control, the list of notification channels is below it. Select the channel associated with the type of notification you want to mute.
Now select the “Silent” option.
Once you select “Silent”, a new toggle will appear. You can choose to “Minimize” the notification as well, meaning it collapses into one line at the bottom of your notifications.
It would be great if there was a big universal switch to prevent all apps from waking the screen from sleep. But until that feature is added (or ever), you’ll have to take matters into your own hands with these methods.
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