How to Hide Android Oreo’s “Running in the Background” Notifications

Ben Stegner 19-09-2017

Android Oreo is available now for select devices How to Install Android Oreo Right Now Want to upgrade your Pixel or Nexus device to Android Oreo right now? Here's how you can do so and skip the rollout wait. Read More  and brings some incremental but noticeable changes. One of these is a new persistent notification that lets you know when apps are running in the background.


In theory, it’s useful. Apps running wild in the background are one of the biggest causes of Android battery drain Android Battery Killers: 10 Worst Apps That Drain Phone Battery Get rid of these apps if you want to have decent battery life. Read More , so it makes sense that you’d want to know about them. However, many people hate having a notification permanently glued to their tray, and would prefer to disable it.

While you can’t just turn off this notification normally How to Disable Notifications From Any App in Android Here's how to turn off notifications in Android, plus how to fine-tune the notifications you do want. Read More , thanks to clever developers you can still hide it.

Install the app Hide “running in the background” Notification from Google Play and pop it open. You’ll see a quick prompt to provide notification access to the app — you of course must do this so it can hide the new notification.

Once you turn this setting on, the app will do its job and hide the “running in the background” notification. If you decide you like it after all, you can visit the app again and disable its notification access (or just uninstall it).

Note that hiding the notification will clean up your notification tray, but it doesn’t do anything about the apps running in the background. So if you’re experiencing poor battery life, you’d probably benefit from knowing when apps are going haywire. Apps that legitimately need to run in the background, like a VPN or screen filter app like Twilight, will show up in this notification too.


Do you like this new notification or does it bother you? Are there any apps running in the background on your phone that surprise you? Tell us in the comments!

Related topics: Android O, Notification.

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  1. Anna Maria Georg
    October 22, 2017 at 6:43 am

    I hate the constant notification I get for a fitness tracker app I know it's running in the background. I wish Oreo would allow me to hide it without downloading another app which will take more of my memory

  2. oreo
    September 21, 2017 at 4:54 am

    Annoying nagging notification. Wish I could block it like in Nougat.

    • Tex Hunter
      September 23, 2017 at 12:43 am

      I am not conversant with turning apps on and off. If an app is running in the background, I dont necessarily know how to stop it. It will stress me out to know its running all by itself and I cant do anything. Maybe Im happier not knowing. You have to give me tools.