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How to: Disable Android Application Notifications [Beginners’ Guide]

We have received a few requests to create a post explaining how to disable a certain application’s notifications. Lately, some apps that are downloaded from Google Play utilize a certain type of advertisement that appears in our notification bar. For some, this is inexcusable and is a complete eye sore. Like them, I feel the same way. Down below we go over just how to get rid of those pesky notifications. 

Above I have used the Google Play Music application strictly as an example of how to complete this task. Applications that you will want to more than likely do this with are apps that use notification advertisements or things of that nature. Whatever the app is, this is how to do it.

Note: The ability to disable an app’s notifications is only for devices currently running Android 4.1+ Jelly Bean.


1.  Pull down the notification bar.
2.  Long press the notification until a box appears.
3.  Hit the box that says, “App Info.”
4.  Uncheck the box for “Show Notifications.”
5.  You can re-enable notifications by re-checking the box.


1.  Open your Settings menu from the homescreen.
2.  Under “Device” head to “Manage Apps.”
3.  From here, you can manage any app’s notifications without the first set of instructions.

And there you go! No more pesky notifications.

*The rest of the Android Beginners’ Guide is a one-stop shop for all of those new to Android.

  • Paul Hounshell

    I turned off notifications from the Amazon App Store because they were irritating, and it ended up blocking certain features (like installing apps). Moral of the story: app developers can detect this.

  • dr4vn

    wrong post

  • DjDonFrancisco

    i’m posting in here because of Protest The Hero.

  • protest the hero *__* love you tim 😀

  • KLy

    this is handy for apps that have notification ads.

  • Apps that do this should be deleted.

  • royal


  • Bob G

    You guys should do a post that joins all your previous GUIDE posts for the holidays, especially when the new stock of Nexus 4s ship next month.

    • You’re thinking of iPhones. It’s called the Nexus 4, not 4S! 😉 jk lolz

      • michael arazan

        wish it was a Nexus 4G

      • K. Nelson

        I’m pretty sure he was making that plural: Nexus Fours.

  • Someone posted this in the Adblock Plus thread from a couple days ago: life saver.

  • nightscout13

    WOW, and here I thought I knew everything there is to know about Android…..

  • I wish my razr had cutting edge software, 🙁

    • paul

      soon. January is the dead line they are saying.