Notification dots (aka notification badges), a new feature in Android Oreo 8.0 (and 8.1) quickly alerts you to unattended notifications from supported apps so that you will not miss any important notifications.
In addition to notifications in the notification panel, you can now find notification dots, which represents unread notifications near corresponding app icons, in the home screen and apps screen.
This Android Oreo guide shows you how to use notification dots in Android Oreo 8.0 and Android Oreo 8.1.
In addition to notification dots, Android 11 has introduced notification history; a feature that allows users to track and access dismissed notifications on their devices. Check out this post to learn more about this new feature.
What are notification dots?
When a new notification arrives, it will be automatically shown in the notification panel.
If you clear all notifications in the notification panel, you can then only find the notification/message after you open the app.
Therefore, sometimes, you may miss some important notifications, when you accidentally clear all attended notifications and forget to open the app later.
This problem was addressed in Android Oreo 8.0 with the introduction of notification dots.
If you are a Samsung Galaxy phone users, you probably have used the number badge already. But number badge is Samsung’s proprietary implementation. Only apps that implemented some Samsung libraries will have this number badge feature.
Notification dots in Android Oreo works with all apps. Even the app was developed (targeted) for old versions of Android, Android Oreo is able to show notification dots (notification badges).
You can also customize notification dots in Android Oreo.
For example, you can enable or disable notification dots for individual apps (read on). Notification dots also work with notification channel introduced in Android Oreo.
App developers can further customize notifications to be shown in notification dots.
How to use notification dots in Android Oreo?
Notification badges only appear when you receive notifications in an app.
For example, if you receive a new SMS message, a notification dot would appear at the top right of the messages app icon as shown below.
If it is an app folder, the notification dots indicate the presence of notification badges for one or more of the apps inside the folder. You need open the folder to find out the app having unattended notifications.
To see the notification, press and hold the (long press) app icon.
A pop-up (pop-out) window will appear. App developers can customize this pop-up window.
So the look of this pop-out window may vary from app to app.
For example, for Android Messages app, the pop-up window looks like below when you have unread messages.
There are four components in this pop-up window as illustrated in the screenshot above.
- a shortcut to App info (marked as A).
- indicating widgets available for the app (marked as B)
- app shortcuts for this app (marked as C).
- notifications (in the red box).
If you have more than one attended notification, the number of these attended notifications may also be shown.
To dismiss the notification, you can swipe it away as what you do in the notification panel.
For example, you can swipe to the right to dismiss this notification as shown below.
The notification dot would disappear after you have dismissed or read all unread notifications.
How to enable/disable notification dots in Android Oreo?
By default, notification badges are enabled in Android Oreo.
But some Android vendors may disable it by default.
You can enable or disable notification dots in the Settings.
For example, you can enter phone settings through the quick settings panel as shown below.
In the Settings page, tap apps & notification as shown below.
In the apps and notification page, tap notifications as shown below
Once in notifications page, you’ll see the option to allow or disallow notification dots as shown below
If you want to disable/enable notification dots for an individual app, or an individual notification channel, you can do this through app info page of individual apps.
Notification dots (notification number badge; app icon badges) in Samsung phones with Android Oreo
If you are using a Samsung Galaxy phone with Android Oreo update (or preinstalled), you may find you have the option to show the number of unattended notifications.
But the notification number badge in Android Oreo update for Samsung phones is actually notification dots, which is different from the old number badges in previous versions of Android for Samsung phones.
Please check this guide on using notification dots/notification number badge in Samsung phones with Android Oreo update.
Do you know how to use notification dots (notification badges) in Android Oreo 8.0 and 8.1? Do you know how to enable/disable notification badges in Android Oreo?
If you have any questions or encounter any problems in using notification dots (notification badges) in Android Oreo 8.0 and 8.1, please let us know in the comment box below.
The community will help you find the solution.
For questions on Android Oreo (Android 8.0 and 8.1), please check Android Oreo guides page.
For questions on Android Nougat (Android 7.0 and 7.1), please check Android Nougat guides page.
For questions on Android Marshmallow (Android 6.0), please check Android Marshmallow guide page.
For questions on Android Lollipop (Android 5.0 and 5.1), please check Android Lollipop guide page.
For other Android questions or problems, please check Android 101 page.
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