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How to Use Android Nougat’s New Notification Controls


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Android 7.0 Nougat made some pretty big improvements to notifications, but there’s one feature that’s gone unsung. Now, you can easily manipulate an app’s ability to generate notifications directly from the notification shade.

One of Android’s best features has always been notifications. But as time has gone on and the OS has grown, developers have essentially learned to “abuse” the notification system (whether intentional or not), so Google started giving users more control of which apps could generate notifications in Lollipop. Unfortunately, that process was still several taps deep, and thus more work than many users were willing to put—especially for multiple apps.

Ideally, you’d be able to silence or turn off notifications from the offending app’s settings, and you should try that first. However, if the app doesn’t offer the options you want, Nougat offers a second line of defense. In 7.0, Google added quick notification controls that are directly accessible from the shade, as well as more advanced controls that are just two taps deep. Here’s how to get a grip on those notifications once and for all.

So let’s say an app is being particularly annoying. The next time it sends you a notification, find it in the shade, and give it a long-press.

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This will open a new menu that give you three options: Show notifications silently, Block all notifications, or Don’t silence or block (this is the default option). If you want to continue to get notifications from this particular app but don’t necessarily want to be alerted every time, the first option is perfect. If you never want to see another notification from the app, use the “block” option.

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If that’s enough for you, then you’re actually done here. But there’s also a “More settings” button at the bottom, which takes you directly into that app’s more advanced notification settings. This is where you can block all notifications generated by the app, show them silently, control what shows up on the lock screen, or allow the app to override Do Not Disturb settings. It’s also worth mentioning that if you elect to show the notifications silently, you can’t tell it to override Do Not Disturb settings (because, you know, it can’t override if it doesn’t make a sound).

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That’s it—simple, but super effective.

Cameron Summerson is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, metalhead, and cyclist. When he’s not pounding keys on the ‘net, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, chugging away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.


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