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How to control app notifications on you Galaxy smartphones

You can’t go a minute without checking your Gmail, but you’re sick of getting alerts from that old game. Instead of constantly sifting through your notifications, select which apps send alerts and which ones don’t. You can also customize the way your favorite apps send alerts, which include notifications, sounds, and vibrations. To make things even better, you can snooze notifications or access an app’s notification settings from the Lock screen.

Note: Available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider, software version, and phone model.

Did you just receive an important email? To view your notifications, swipe down from the top of your phone’s screen. Notifications will be displayed under the Quick settings panel.

  • To open a notification, tap it.
  • To clear all notifications, tap Clear.
  • To close the Notification panel, swipe up or tap Back.
  • To customize your notifications, tap Notification settings at the bottom of the panel. Tap See all to edit which apps you will receive notifications from.
Notification panel opened

You can block notifications you don’t want, so they’ll be out of your hair.

From Settings, tap Notifications. Tap See all, and then tap the dropdown menu at the top of the page. Select All, and then the switch next to an app to turn its notifications on or off.

A list of apps with See all below option

You can also pick different sounds for each notification. That way you’ll know whether it’s someone messaging you or if your lives have been refilled in your favorite game.

From Settings, tap Notifications. Tap See all, and then tap the dropdown menu at the top of the page. Select All, and then select your desired app. Next, turn its notification settings on or off by tapping the switch next to the different features. You can also adjust other notification settings from this page.

App notifications screen with a drop-down open and All option selected

Note: Options may vary depending on the app.

App icon badges are the little dots that appear next to your apps when they receive a notification. You can adjust whether your apps display App icon badges or not.

From Settings, tap Notifications, and then tap App icon badges. Tap the switch at the top to turn the badges on or off. Choose Number or Dot under Badge style to suit your preference.

Notifications screen with a list of settings

If a bunch of notifications are clogging up your status bar, you can hide them all or only show a couple.

From Settings, tap Notifications. Tap Status bar, and then adjust the desired settings.

Status bar screen with a list of options

Certain settings on your phone have shortcuts built in. Let’s say you’re about to take off, and you need to turn on Airplane mode. You can access it and other settings from the Quick settings panel.

Swipe down from the top of your Home screen using two fingers. Then, tap your desired setting; the icon will glow when the setting is activated.

Quick Settings panel opened with some icons highlighted

If you need to temporarily silence notifications or save them for later, you can set up a snooze option.

From Settings, tap Notifications, and then tap the switch next to Show snooze option to turn it on or off.

To snooze from the Notification panel, swipe down from the top of your screen to open the panel. Then, swipe your desired notification to the left or right. Tap the Snooze icon (it looks like a bell), choose your desired option, and then tap Save.

A notification with Snooze and Settings icon to its left

You can ask your phone to offer suggestions when checking your notifications. This makes checking them easier if you’d like to perform an action without opening the app.

To turn it on, navigate to Settings, tap Notifications, and then tap the switch next to Suggest actions and replies.

Notifications screen with a list of settings

Here’s a fun way to open or close the Notification panel: just swipe your finger up and down on your phone’s fingerprint sensor.

To turn on this function from Settings, search for and select Finger sensor gestures. Tap the switch to turn it on. After the feature is turned on, give it a try by swiping your finger up and on the fingerprint sensor.

Note: This option is not available on phones with the in-screen fingerprint reader.

A list of settings with Finger sensor gestures
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