What can you do for app notifications in Android Marshmallow?
Android Marshmallow offers granular controls for app notifications. You can customize app notifications in Android Marshmallow to meet your needs easily.
If you are not happy with the default app notification settings (for example, some spamming notifications annoy you) , you can customize app notifications in Android Marshmallow
In Android Marshmallow, you can use Do not Disturb to adjust the interruptions and app notifications.
For app notifications in Android Marshmallow, you can:
- Block notifications from individual apps.
- Set notifications from individual app as priority so that the said app can send you notifications when you are in priority mode.
- Hide notification on lock screen.
- Hide sensitive notification on lock screen.
- Hide notification of individual app from lock screen.
- Hide sensitive notification of individual apps on lock screen.
- Allow individual apps to pop out notifications over app screen you are using.
This guide will show you how to manage and customize app notifications in Android Marshmallow in two different ways:
- using application manager.
- using notification settings.
Both of them work in an identical way. Android Marshmallow offers these two options just for your conveniences.
How to use Application manager to manage app notifications in Android Marshmallow?
You can use application manager to manage apps installed on the phone. In this guide, I showed you how to use application manager to manage app permissions in Android Marshmallow.
You can also use application manager to manage and customize app notifications as well.
As shown below, go to Settings, tap Apps to access application manager in your phone. In some Android phones, some vendors may call it Applications or Application manager under settings.
In this guide, let’s suppose you want to manage app notifications for Google Fit app.
In Apps page, tap Google Fit as shown below.
As shown above, in app info page for Google Fit app, you can tap Notifications.
Then you are directed to the app notification page for this app as shown above.
In vanilla Android (e.g., Nexus devices, Moto G, Moto X and Moto E…), you can find at least 4 options of app notification for any individual apps:
- Block all. If this is enabled, this app will not be able to send any notifications to the notification panel. Please note, this does not affect the functionality of the app. If the app has its own notification inbox inside the app, you can still check notifications there.
- Treat as priority. When Do not Disturb (DnD) is activated, and the phone is in Priority only mode, this app can still show notifications. In this way, you can let important apps/notifications interrupt you when Do not Disturb is active.
- Allow peeking. Some apps may want to show certain important notifications as pop up notification or head-up notification when you are using other apps. If the app is abusing this feature with annoying pop out notifications, you can disable this Allow peeking feature for the app. Please note, this does not control pop-ups when you are using the said app.
- Hide sensitive content. You can hide private information in the notification from this app when phone screen is locked. Of course, you can customize app notifications for all apps on lock screen as well (read on).
Some Android manufacturers may customize the option list by renaming them and/or adding a few more options.
But these 4 options mentioned above should be always available regardless of any OEM customization.
How to use notification manager to manage app notifications in Android Marshmallow?
Another way to manage app notifications in Android Marshmallow is through Settings— Sound and notification as shown below.
In Sound and notification page, tap App notifications (marked as 1 in the screenshot below).
In App notifications pages, the apps are listed with app notification settings status as shown below.
“Normal”status means default setting.
Tap Google Fit to get the identical app notification page as shown above.
So essentially, using application manager or using sound & notifications settings, the app notification settings are linked to an identical page.
Although it sounds one of them is redundant, actually these two options are offered from two different perspectives: once from individual apps, the other from the overview of the app notification settings.
How to customize lock screen app notifications in Android Marshmallow?
When the phone is locked, for security and privacy reasons, you may want to hide some sensitive info (because your phone may be in bad hands).
For example, most banks use 2-factor verification by sending a temp code to you through SMS. You may want to hide such info, or hide such notifications when phone screen is locked.
In Android Marshmallow, you can easily customize lock screen app notifications.
In Settings— Sound & notification page, you can tap When device is locked as shown above (marked as 2 in the screenshot above).
Then you can find the 3 options for lock screen app notifications in Android Marshmallow as shown above:
- Show all notification content. This is the default setting. All allowed notifications will be shown on the lock screen.
- Hide sensitive notification content. Notifications with sensitive contents will not be shown in the lock screen.
- Don’t show notification at all. None of the notifications will be shown on the lock screen.
Please note, these 3 options are global settings. They work together with individual app notification settings. The result is the combined (AND operator) of the two settings (individual app + global settings).
For example, if you set Don’t show notification at all, then individual app settings do not matter at all.
But if you set Show all notification content, then notifications will still not be shown on locks screen if the app notification is blocked.
How to identify which app is pushing spamming notifications?
Sometimes, you may get some spamming notifications from some apps, especially some free games. But you are not sure about the culprit.
You can tap and hold (aka long press) the corresponding notification as shown below.
Then tap the “i” button as shown below.
You will then be directed to the corresponding app notification page.
In this example, you will get identical Google Fit app notification page shown before.
You can then easily block notifications or customize notifications for this app.
Can you manage app notifications in Android Marshmallow? Do you know how to customize app notifications in lock screen in Android Marshmallow?
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