Set up notifications in Android

All instructions are written based on Android 6.0.1. Due to the variety of versions of this OS, some functions or interface elements on your gadget may or may not be different. But the general principles for most Android-devices are approximately the same.

Do Not Disturb

With this mode, you can quickly switch between different notification reception profiles. The first one is called “Complete Silence”, this is a completely silent profile. The second – “Only an alarm clock” – as the name implies, only passes the alarm clock. And within the third profile – “Only important” – you will hear both alarm sounds and notifications, but only from selected contacts and programs.


Switch between sound profiles by using special buttons on the notification panel. Depending on the Android version, the panel contains either all three buttons with profile names, or one of them, and the others appear after clicking on the first one.


Near the profile buttons, a link should be displayed for quickly navigating to the settings. Clicking on it, you will be able to select contacts and other parameters for the “Only important” mode. In addition, in the settings you can set rules (start and end time, days of the week, etc.), according to which the system will switch profiles automatically.


Thus, the Do Not Disturb mode allows you to instantly adapt your smartphone to current circumstances. For example, you started an important meeting – you lower the notification panel, turn on the “Full Silence” mode and calmly participate in the process. And with the rules you set up, the device itself will turn off notifications during business hours, and in free hours, on the contrary, will include notifications.

“Notifications on Locked Screen” feature

With this function, you can configure how notifications are displayed on the lock screen. Usually it is located in the system settings section associated with notifications.


The system offers a choice between three modes: “Show full notifications”, “Do not show notifications” and “Hide personal information”. The names of the first two options speak for themselves. The latter means that the content of the received messages will not be displayed on the locked screen. Outsiders will only see an inscription like “new notice” and that’s it.

Turn off notifications on the lock screen or hide their personal information if you are afraid that someone else can read your correspondence.

Customized notification settings

The above settings are global, that is, they affect notifications from all installed programs.

But you can also manage the notifications of each program individually. To do this, open the system settings and go to the notifications section. There should be an “Application notifications” item or with a similar name. Clicking on it, you will see a list of all installed programs. By selecting any of them, you can configure its notifications.


The system allows you to block all notifications for the selected application, assign it important, hide personal information and allow it to temporarily display pop-up notifications on top of other programs.

As you can see, with the help of individual settings you can, for example, block notifications only from the most annoying programs or remove the contents of the message in the chosen instant messenger from the locked screen.