How to Disable Notifications From Any App in Android

Mihir Patkar Updated 08-12-2019

Notifications on your phone can be a pain, especially for insignificant apps. It’s a good idea to block notifications, especially at work. Studies have found that notifications ruin your concentration, even if it’s a small beep. In fact, it’s as disruptive as actually using your phone.


Here’s how to turn off notifications on Android altogether, or stop notifications for select apps. Note that these steps are based on a phone with stock Android 8 Oreo. The menus and instructions may vary slightly depending on your device and Android version.

How to Turn Off Notifications on Android

Android has a built-in option to turn off notifications, or only allow certain contacts to call or text. It’s called Do Not Disturb, and you can find it in Settings. We’ll look at how to switch it on and customize Do Not Disturb settings.

There are also options to block notifications from specific apps. You can do all of this without third-party apps.

Before you dive in, remember that some notifications are important and necessary. Thus, you probably don’t want to turn off all notifications. But while you do need to see an important text, you probably don’t need to know that Amazon has a sale on kitchen items today. Besides, disabling notifications can help restore your creative energy 10 Ways to Restore Your Creative Energy Using Technology If you're suffering from a mental or creative block, these tips will help you restore your creative energy with the help of tech. Read More .

Use these tools to stop unwanted notifications and reclaim your attention.


How to Activate Do Not Disturb on Android

The best way to activate Do Not Disturb and turn off notifications on Android is through the pull-down Quick Settings menu:

  1. Pull down the top bar on your phone, and pull it down once more to show the Quick Settings menu. You can also pull down once using two fingers to jump right to this menu.
  2. Find and tap Do not disturb.
  3. You have three options:
    1. Total silence: Blocks all sounds and vibrations.
    2. Alarms only: Blocks everything except alarms.
    3. Priority only: Blocks everything except alarms, reminders, events, and important callers. You can customize this option, which we’ll examine in the next section.
  4. Under the mode you choose, set how long you want to activate Do Not Disturb. Set it on a timer for an hour or more, or until you manually switch it off.

How to Customize Do Not Disturb on Android

Android lets you customize Do Not Disturb preferences through the Settings menu. You can also set it up to turn on automatically based on calendar events or clock times. To change this:

  1. Go to Settings > Sound > Do Not Disturb preferences.
  2. Tap to Priority only allows. Here, switch the toggles as you see fit. You can switch off reminders and events and choose who can call or message you: no one, anyone, contacts only, or starred contacts only.
  3. Next, look at Block visual disturbances. Here, you can choose to prevent notifications showing when the screen is on, or prevent notifications from turning on the screen.
  4. Finally, head to Automatic rules > Add more > Event/Time rule and set up a new rule. Here, you can set Do Not Disturb to activate based on certain events on your calendar or at certain time or day. You can choose from the same three modes: Priority only, Alarms only, or Total silence.

How to Turn Off Notifications From Any App in Android

Depending on the version of Android you’re running, there are two ways to easily stop notifications from a particular app.

First, you can go through Settings to customize notifications. This method works on everything from Android 5 Lollipop up through Android 10.

  1. Go to Settings > Apps & notifications > Notifications > App notifications.
  2. Here, you’ll see a list of all apps installed on your Android device. Scroll and tap any app whose notifications you want to customize.
  3. Next a list of all types of notifications the app can send will appear. Toggle each type of notification on or off as desired.
    1. For finer control, tap a notification type and you can change its sound, vibration, and other settings. You can also toggle the main switch to block all notifications from that app.
  4. Some apps have extra notifications in their app settings. This is indicated by the Additional settings in the app button. Tap it to access the app’s settings, and customize further notifications there. Obviously, what you see depends on the app.


Second, you can change an app’s notifications settings when it sends you a notification. Like the above, this works on Android 5 Lollipop through Android 10:

  1. When you see a notification, long-press on it or swipe it slightly to either side to reveal a settings cog icon and a clock icon.
  2. Tap the settings cog icon to be taken directly to that app in the App notifications menu.
  3. From here, follow steps 3 and 4 from the first method.

Note: The clock icon you revealed is a Snooze button. It does not turn off or disable notifications. Instead, this lets you temporarily stop notifications from that app for a set amount of time.

How to Turn Off Notifications on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to 4.4 KitKat

How to turn off app notifications in Android 4.1 Jellybean to Android 4.4 KitKat

If you have an older Android phone that can’t run Lollipop, don’t worry. You can still block notifications on your device without much fuss, as long as you are running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or newer:

  1. Go to Settings > Apps.
  2. Tap the app for which you want to stop unwanted notifications.
  3. Uncheck the box for Show notifications.

How to Turn Off Notifications on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or Older

Unfortunately, there is no way to disable notifications from an app in legacy versions of Android. If you have an extremely old device, you’ll need to either upgrade your phone or install a custom Android ROM How to Install a Custom ROM on Your Android Device Ready to revitalize your Android phone or tablet? Installing a custom ROM is the best way to do that -- powering it up with even better performance and features. Read More to gain this functionality.

How to Turn Off Lock Screen Notifications on Android

To ensure that your lock screen does not show any notifications in Android, perform the following:

  1. Go to Settings > Apps & notifications > Notifications.
  2. Tap On the lock screen and choose Don’t show notifications at all.
  3. If you’d rather, you can choose to Hide sensitive notification content. This will, for example, let you know that you have a new text message, but won’t show who it’s from or what the message says.

How to Recover Dismissed Notifications

If you accidentally cleared all notifications, or missed an important item, you can get it back. Android lets you accomplish this using a simple widget that shows your entire notifications history:

  1. Tap and hold anywhere on your Home Screen to bring up the Widgets dialog.
  2. Tap Shortcut > Settings Shortcut > Notification log. On some versions of Android, you may have to select the Settings widget first.
  3. You’ll see a new Notification log icon on your home screen. Tap this to bring up your entire notification history.
  4. Tap any app in this list, and you’ll be taken to its Settings entry.

When You Can’t Disable Select Notifications

Unfortunately, what notifications you can and can’t disable depends on the app. Since Android 8 Oreo introduced notification channels All the New Ways to Use Notifications in Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo's notification channels are a powerful new way to make sure that your phone only alerts you of priority information. Here's everything on the way notifications have changed in Oreo. Read More , most apps have updated to support custom notification options for different types of alerts. However, some still only have an all-or-nothing option.

If you don’t see the notification options you want, it might be worth reaching out to the developer and asking to add this functionality to the app.

Do More With Android Notifications

You can turn off annoying notifications that just pester you, as well as use these utilities to make Android notifications more efficient. By setting custom ringtones and alerts for the various notification channels, you can make them better than ever before.

Notifications are awesome if you know what to do with them. Aside from the built-in features, there are third-party apps to let you do more, like Smart Replies and quick shortcuts. Here are a few apps and tricks to master your Android notifications Master Your Android Notifications With These 11 Apps and Tricks Take control of your notifications on Android. We show you how to silence notifications, review them later, and much more. Read More .

Related topics: Android Customization, Android Tips, Do Not Disturb, Notification, Notification Center.

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  1. Phil Kamm
    December 11, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    I've had a slightly different problem related to temporarily muting notifications and having them automatically unmuted later, like you would want to do at a concert or other event, without having to turn the phone completely off. --Big pain to have to fiddle with notification settings each and every time! Specifically, I have had an issue with notifications from the native Android calendar app breaking through when all system sounds are supposed to be muted (i.e., the speaker icon in the notification shade is clearly slashed and greyed out). A third-party app, Volume Timer, has also failed to silence Calendar notifications. It looks like, with respect to Calendar notifications, at least, the solution is to rely on Android's "Do Not Disturb" function. Do Not Disturb can be activated/inactivated via the notification shade, but the whole point of an app like Volume Timer is to have notification sounds automatically turned back on after a specified amount of time without having to consciously mess with Notification settings for apps like Calendar on a per-app basis each and every time. So in the case of Calendar (and possibly other apps which might be giving you problems): 1.) If you want notifications to be audible except for occasional events, make sure that the "Block," "Show Silently," and "Priority" settings are off in system settings for that app. 2.) Configure Do Not Disturb: Settings > Notifications> Long press "Do not disturb," bringing up the configuration screen (You can also get here by long pressing the "Do not disturb" icon in the notification shade). Turn on "Do not disturb" at the top of the screen, activating the ability to configure "Sounds and vibrations" and "End time" under the General heading. Long press "Sounds and vibrations," set to "Total Silence." Long press "End time," select the radio button for whatever interval of silencing, from 15 minutes to 12 hours, you desire; for many events, this will be 2 or 3 hours. After the event you can turn off "Do not distub" by simply tapping its icon in the notification shade, and can easily turn it back on at will via the notification shade in the future (although you may want to change the silent interval "end time" as outlined above). Now you have temporarily muted a problem app without having to silence it permanently or remember to manually turn sound notifications on later. Hope this works for some other apps besides the Android Calendar app!

  2. Daniel
    August 31, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    The biggest problem with Android is the Do Not Disturb doesn't temporarily stop notifications. They still pop up and disturb you, just they don't make noise when they do it. Very misleading feature.

  3. Sheldon Ford
    August 7, 2018 at 7:22 am

    When I go to sounds and notification in the settings , Then I go to set notification for apps . As soon as I touch the screen it goes back to Sound & notification screen . How do I fix this so I can change some notification ?

  4. Skye
    July 19, 2018 at 6:07 am

    It would be great if I could turn on/off notifications for a specific app from the home screen.
    For example I only want to get work email notifications when at work. So when I come to work I have to turn them on every morning and turn off every afternoon. Would be great to have an access straight from my home screen in one or two touches. Without going through all the trouble in notifications menu :)

  5. Kiran
    August 17, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Very useful , much of the techniques not given by other sites

  6. KirN
    August 17, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Good Article, useful much information not given by any site.

  7. Tom
    August 10, 2017 at 4:57 am

    If you want to get rid of those annoying notifications that vibrate your phone and Flash on your screen even on your PC change the settings in your browser and under notice privacy and security, content settings . Click notifications arrow at far right for the list of Allow, click dots to far right to select remove or block. If there is a blotch there it's needed by Google such as drive, docs, mail so it won't let me block. I did this with my chrome browser on Android and windows 10.

  8. Brody
    November 24, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Thank youuuu Kindle and were driving me crazy. Come on, it's the ONLY TWO APPS in which I pay anything, YET, it is these apps that constantly bug me with recurring advertising notifications! Don't I pay you enough money already?
    Finally, some quiet time. I TOTALLY AGREE with the observation that those ****** notifications destroy our working efficiency!

  9. kahuto
    November 1, 2016 at 11:44 am

    thanks a million. i mistakenly downloaded unnecessary apps by inadvertantly pushing the notification button. i tried finding the app responsible but was unable to until you showed me how. thanks to you i save data charges and storage space.

    • billie
      April 3, 2019 at 12:25 pm

      i type in board members or a name something of a company trying to find out where to file a complaint and my phone just starts going crazy it starts pulling up all this other stuff its starts taking pictures is my phone messed up or is it the service i hate this phone i get all these notafications from every where in the world its driving me crazy how do i stop it im constantly having to go to setting how to stop all this global stuff from controling my phone i research a name and it goes crazy

  10. Sufian
    August 29, 2016 at 6:32 am

    I tried everything as written in this post, still getting notifications

  11. Gulio
    August 13, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Whoah, on 7.0.0 nougat it works the same :)

  12. Logan
    June 26, 2016 at 4:02 am

    I can't un-tick the "show notification" option. I've installed messenger and I don't want to be notified about the numbers that I've blocked. Even if I block numbers on messenger notifications still appear on the notification paper. Help...

  13. Joe
    May 6, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    On Lollipop 5.1.

    In Settings / Notifications / Interruptions / Priority:
    Events & Reminders NO

    In Settings / Notifications / Apps / Google Now Launcher:
    Both Block and Priority are OFF

    In Google NOW (swipe right from left edge of home screen) / Settings / Now Cards:
    Notifications are ON, and I've assigned the Ringtone to a short "ping".

    It says right there on the screen:

    "When your notifications are high priority, your phone will alert you based on your priority notification settings."

    Now, I'm not sure what makes a notification high priority, or how you change that. But what's happening is that Reminders are audibly notifying, even in Priority mode. The first thing I mentioned (Events & Reminders NO) should stop that from happening, but it doesn't work.

    Now that Reminders have been rolled into Calendar (sort of), I no longer need to manually shift uncompleted "to do" calendar entries forward each day. I just create a Reminder instead, and it automatically happens.

    But if it's "all day", which is the case on something that rolls forward every day, then it's going to notify at 9:00 am (I'm not sure that can be changed).

    The problem is: based on my work schedule, I'm usually still asleep at that time. But I need to use my phone (in Priority mode) during the night to a) alert when it's time to take medication, and b) to receive any possible emergency call, because we no longer have a landline.

    Android notifications are complex, but this really does seem like a bug.

    Ideally, one could set a default priority for each Reminder, and have the ability to override on an individual basis.

    • billie
      April 3, 2019 at 12:28 pm

      ive tried that doesnt work i dont get my calls or textes or emails and those i text or call dont recieve my response

  14. Dominoes7
    April 21, 2016 at 4:49 am

    I found that I get zero notifications because it is muted. Not sure how I did that, and I'm not sure how to undo it. Not very helpful, but now you know that you can mute all notifications.... somehow...


    • billie
      April 3, 2019 at 12:31 pm

      i just come near my phone it seems and it starts going crazy ill be on a page when i get kicked off my page and all this other bull crapp comes up it starts taking pictures on its own i wouldnt buy another phone like this if it was the only phone out there

  15. Anonymous
    April 18, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Push notifications are THE WORST. So happy today that I heard Android N will be making changes to their notification policy, not allowing video, picture, or network notifications. An app and experience can be made or broken with stuff like this.

    Take Flash Keyboard for example. It seems like a decent app, but the constant bombardment of ads (for other apps of the company) through a second lock screen is enough to ruin even the whole phone's experience. Can't wait for these changes to take effect.

  16. zhu
    April 17, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Awesome tips. Thanks! It helped!

  17. Frustrated
    February 27, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    I agree with B W. I have apps I want to keep, but they keep turning on notifications after I turn them off.

  18. B W
    January 2, 2016 at 3:34 am

    Unfortunately, app creators have learned how to re-enable notifications without user approval if they have been disabled. This is especially annoying with games like Candy Crush Saga and Megapolis, which turn notifications back on to notify you at the most inopportune times that some BS event ("full lives restored" or some equally useless crap). No matter how many times I turn off notifications, I continually get notifications from these apps that know how to turn them back on again. Android needs to provide a way to prevent apps from changing their system settings without approval.

  19. Joe
    December 22, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    have android 6.0. Still cannot block notifications from system apps. Need to do this. It's my phone, and there is one system app which keeps notifying me. very annoying. its my phone, why can't I block any notification from ANY app?

    • billie
      April 3, 2019 at 12:35 pm

      mine does the same im about ready to take this piece of crapp outside and run over it with my car

    • billie
      April 3, 2019 at 12:45 pm

      why i dont get my calls and messages and vice vera the responder doesnt recieve my messages or calls if so its like the next day when they come thur