How to Stop Those Random Google Now Notifications

Ben Stegner 18-05-2016

Google Now is packed with incredible features 6 Google Now Features That Will Change How You Search You may already be using Google Now on your Android device, but are you getting all that you can out of it? Knowing about these small features can make a big difference. Read More , and it’s getting better all the time. One of the main draws of the service is that it brings relevant information to you without any input, so you get information before you even ask for it.


While this is certainly welcome most of the time, at times Google Now’s notifications can feel invasive or just pop up when you don’t want them. Here’s how to turn them off.

Open Google Now by sliding all the way to the left (if you’re using Google’s stock Now launcher How to Get the Stock Android Experience on Any Phone You can get the stock Android experience on almost any Android phone with these apps, including a stock Android launcher and more. Read More ) or just opening the Google app. Tap the hamburger menu in the top-left and choose Settings. Next, tap Now Cards, and look under the heading Get notified about.

Under here are the categories that will trigger Now notifications in your tray. You’ll often see these for the weather (like when tomorrow will be much colder than today was) or sports matches for teams you’ve added to your favorites.

Many of these are useful (like being able to read the menu for a restaurant you just entered), so you may want to leave some enabled, but not others.


That’s all! Hopefully Google Now doesn’t aggravate you too much, but turning anything off here that you tend to see too often should help. Don’t forget that you can make your own Google Now reminders 8 Amazing, Life-Improving Uses for Google Now Reminders Google Now has built-in reminders, but are you using them to their full extent? Read More that you’ll be much happier to see pop up!

Which Google Now notifications annoy you? Let us know how you’ve customized Now in the comments!

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  1. Tony
    June 3, 2016 at 7:44 am

    I would use Google now more often if it wasn't so hidden away in my Nexus phone. I just keep forgetting it is there.

    • Ben Stegner
      June 4, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      I felt the same way on my Nexus 5, because I used Nova Launcher and never really checked Google Now. When I got my Nexus 6P though, I stuck with the Google Now Launcher and now I check it pretty often. Try that and maybe you'll use it more like I did!

      • Tony
        June 5, 2016 at 4:13 am

        Cool! Thanks very much for the tip! :-))))

        • Ben Stegner
          June 6, 2016 at 10:00 pm

          Happy to help! The Now Launcher is actually pretty good. Enjoy!