How to Manage Your Notifications in Android Pie

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Knowing how to manage your notifications regardless of the Android version you are using is a must. By not keeping your notifications under control, they could quickly drive you crazy. Just as you would expect, Android Pie has some great options when it comes to controlling your notifications.

In Android 9 you can find out how to turn off certain emergency notifications, determine how to get notified, and even turn off notifications altogether with the “Do Not Disturb” feature.

Note: different phone models have different implementations of the notification features. These features are available in Android Pie, though the location might be different for different phones.

How to Turn Off Specific Emergency Notifications

It’s a good idea to always be aware of the things that are happening around you, especially if it’s considered an emergency. But if the alerts you’re getting are not crucial to you, there is a way you can disable them.

You can turn off the alerts you want by going to “Settings -> Apps & notifications -> Advanced -> Emergency alerts” (also available on Nougat and Oreo).

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If you don’t see the emergency notifications, you can try going to “Settings -> Connections -> More Connection settings -> Wireless Emergency alerts” and tapping Settings on the upper right.

If you still haven’t found the Emergency Alert options, you may have it in your Messages app. Open the app and choose Settings at the top right, select the “Emergency alerts” settings, and you should see the options that allow you to decide how you get notified.

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How to Turn the LED Notification On or Off

If your phone comes with a LED indicator, you’ll need to know what each LED color means. A blue light indicates that it is turning on or off. If it is blinking blue, that means that you have a missed message or call while creating a voice recording.

A glowing red color means your phone is connected to a charger and is charging correctly, while a blinking red light indicates a low battery or that your phone is not charging.

If you see a green light that is glowing, that means your phone’s battery is full. Any other colors are notifications from apps on your phone.

If you want to assign an app a specific color, you’ll need to go into that app’s settings to make that change. Keep in mind that assigning your app a specific color is going to depend on how the developer set up the notifications for the app.

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The steps to turn the LED indicator on or off will depend on your device, but look in “Settings -> Notifications -> LED indicator.” Another possibility would be “Settings -> Apps & notifications -> Additional settings -> Notification light.”

How to Set Up Do Not Disturb

For those times when you want some peace, you can always count on the “Do Not Disturb” feature. Swipe down from the top of your display, and tap on the “Do Not Disturb” option. You can also enable it by going to “Settings -> Notifications” and toggling on “Do Not Disturb.”

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The “Do Not Disturb” option will mute all calls and alerts but not the changes you make to the feature. To make changes to the Do Not Disturb feature, swipe down from the top of your screen and long-press on the icon of the feature.

You should now be in the Settings menu where you can make changes such as turning on Do Not Disturb on a schedule, allowing exceptions, app rules, and hiding visual notifications.

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To put the feature on a schedule, tap where it says “Turn on as scheduled,” and toggle on the feature at the top right. Select the days you want the feature to work, followed by the “Set schedule” option below.

The Allow Exceptions option has three options: No exceptions, Alarms only, and custom. In the Custom option, you’ll see options to only allow repeated callers or specific contacts to call or send you text messages. There is also an option to allow reminders and event/task alerts when Do Not Disturb is on.

How to Disable App Icon Badges

Ever wonder what those little dots next to the apps are? That dot is a badge; they will appear every single time you get a notification from an app. To eliminate those dots, go to “Settings -> Notifications -> App icon badges,” and toggle them off or on. You also have the possibility of showing the badge with or without numbers.

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How to Turn Off Notifications for Specific Apps

Some apps can send you way too many notifications. To keep those notifications under control, go to “Settings -> Apps -> Choose an app -> Notifications.”

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You’ll see options to change the sound, vibrate, blink light, app icon badges, etc.

How to Respond, View, or Archive to Notifications without Opening Them

In Android Pie, it’s also possible to reply right from the notification. The notifications itself will have the options for you to either reply, clear, or mark as read.

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When it comes to customizing notifications, Android Pie has a lot to offer. Just knowing where to look, can make your notifications have a different style or sound. What changes will you make to your notifications?

Fabio Buckell

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