How to Configure Android 7 Notification to Ensure Only Apps You Want Appear


Android Nougat brought some new features to the table. Many are improvements on functions we Android owners use on a daily basis. One of the updated features is selecting the Android 7 notification priority level. While¬†this may sound complicated, it is a pretty easy process you’ll find useful from the minute you make the first change.

What you will be doing is rating an app and giving it the privilege of showing up in your notification bar. Some apps hang out in the notification bar even though they aren’t useful most of the time. These notifications can go away. Some apps like to pop their heads out, look around, then go back into hiding. We can take care of these apps, too.

We’ll take two routes to get to the same place to make the same changes. That way you can choose whichever is easier for you.

That’s right; it’s all about you.

Choosing a Notification

The first way to change the notification priority of an app is to long-press a notification when it’s in the notification bar. What you will see is a window like this.


What you are seeing is the notification importance level of this app’s notifications. Many of the apps are set to automatic. This means the Android system judges how important they are based on your usage. Some can pop up whenever they want to and try to get your attention. Some aren’t set to automatic; they have a level set at 0 to 5.

Take a look at the level and see if it’s appropriate for you. Reference this chart to gauge where you might want to change the setting on the scale. Five is the most intrusive and level zero blocks every notification.

Level 5

  • Show at the top of the notification list
  • Always full-screen interruption
  • Always Peek

Level 4

  • Prevent full-screen interruption
  • Always peek

Level 3

  • Prevent full-screen interruption
  • Never peek

Level 2

  • Prevent full-screen interruption
  • Never peek
  • Never make sounds or vibrate

Level 1

  • Prevent full-screen interruption
  • Never peek
  • Never make sounds or vibrate
  • Hide from lock screen and status bar
  • Show at the bottom of the notification list

Level 0

  • Block every notification¬†from this app

Once you make the level selection, you’re done. If you allow the app more freedom to send you notifications, and it is abusing the privilege, you can go back and adjust the level again.

There are some other settings you can choose to modify if needed. These are modified by clicking the “More Settings” link at the bottom of the screen. If there is an app that you want to notify you even when you have your device set to Do Not Disturb, or want to hide the content of an app on your lockscreen, you can do it in the app’s notification settings as well.


The second way to get into your app’s notification priority level setting is to go to the Apps tab in your Settings Menu. To get there, pull down your notification bar twice so you can tap the “Gear” icon.


From here, tap the “Apps” tab.


Scroll to the app you’d like to alter and tap on it. You’ll see the options in the app; one of those will be “Notifications.” Tapping on it will bring you to the screen where you can alter the importance level and other settings.


Once you are in this screen, you will see the same screen as you did in the More Settings link method. This way is a few more clicks, but this is the route you will want to use if you don’t see a notification for an app and want to make changes.

Are there notifications on your Android phone that you wish you could never see again? Tell us how you determine which level to set the app’s notification privilege.

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Trevor Dobrygoski Trevor Dobrygoski

Trevor is a freelance writer covering topics ranging from the Android OS to free web and desktop applications. When he is not writing about mobile productivity, He is coaching and playing the world's greatest game... Soccer.

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