Using Android Notifications: The Ultimate Guide

Using Android Notifications: The Ultimate Guide

Since Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Google has been optimizing Android's notification system to make it more practical. All displayed chronologically, there are different types of shares and divisions. In this article you will learn how to organize your notifications with the help of simple features of the system itself.

Reply messages via notification bar

This is a very useful feature, but it requires some caveats while using it. This is because it is possible to reply to one message or email at a time, and not several at the same time. Another detail that few consider is that it depends on the developer the availability of this feature, since it works on certain email clients, for example, like Gmail, but does not work with Alto (my favorite, by the way).

To use it, simply click "Reply" when the notification arrives or when it is in the notification bar. You can also reply to notifications with the screen locked, but if you have restricted this function enter the Android security options, so it may not work as expected.

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Replying to messages through the notification bar / AndroidPIT (screenshot)

Organizing notifications on Android

Regarding the features of notification organization, as I said at the beginning of the article, Android is quite functional and efficient. You can control the behavior of each notification. Are you busy and don't want to miss a notification? Postpone her. Want to stop sending alerts for a particular app? Then interrupt. The possibilities here are various, and you just have to swipe a notification from right to left (and vice versa) to:

  • Postpone notification: The clock icon represents the delay function, which will send the same notification again within 15 or 30 minutes, or then two hours. You cannot customize this range, but this feature is important for you who don't want to stop doing something but are currently busy.
  • Manage notifications: By clicking on the gear icon you will see a panel with the name of the app or game that sent the notification and a key. To continue receiving notifications, keep the key on, and to disable turn it off.
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Controlling Android / AndroidPIT notifications (screenshot)
  • More Settings: If you want to adjust more features in the behavior of notifications, just click on "More Settings". Within this menu you will have additional settings such as muting, allowing the app to send notifications when the phone is in do not disturb mode, and in some versions of the system Android allows the app icon to have a dot. Featured.

Mute notification on Android (do not disturb)

It has been a while since Android has gained the mode Do Not Disturb, and it serves (as the new one itself suggests) to mute sounds, vibrations or any distracting sound that may disturb the user. To use it, all you have to do is turn down the volume of the phone besides the vibrate option. Basically just download everything.

You can configure it to be enabled for a certain period of time. Android keeps a notification at the top of the screen and also in settings informed that the do not disturb mode is enabled.

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Do Not Disturb Mode / AndroidPIT (screenshot)

Managing notifications on Android

Enter the settings menu of your Android and search for "notifications". The paths to this menu and available options change depending on the system version and also on the manufacturer's user interface. If you find this menu on your smartphone, you will notice that there are very interesting options:

  • Notifications: By clicking on this menu you can individually control which app can send notifications. This saves a little battery and internet, as many apps rely on background processes and internet data to work properly.
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Notification Setup Menu / AndroidPIT (screenshot)
  • Allow notification points: This is a very popular feature on iOS, where a red circle is shown at the top of each app indicating the amount of pending notifications. On Android, however, the amount display will vary depending on the software and the manufacturer's skin version. The pure system displays only a light green circle without any numbering.
  • Notification light: Depending on the device and software version you can set the notification LED, such as its color and behavior.
  • In lock screen: These two options are related to privacy, because through them you can choose whether the content of emails and messages can be displayed on the lock screen. If you receive a message on WhatsApp, for example, you can choose to display only the group or contact name, not the message content. The latter option causes notifications to be crowded on the lock screen for a long time.

We tested on Android 8.0 Oreo, but many features are available on Android Nougat and Marshmallow. Availability and settings also change depending on the device and software configuration.

And how do you control your notifications?

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