How to get rid of unwanted notifications on iOS and Android

Notifications are great when you want them, and extremely annoying when you don’t...You might find that you get unwanted notifications from an app that you have installed, or you might be getting audible notifications that wake you up in the middle of the night.

Last updated: 29th Jun 2020 at 4:27pm

Thankfully, both Apple and Google have incorporated full notification control into their operating systems. So, let’s take a look at how to turn off unwanted notification on iOS and Android.


How to turn off unwanted notifications on iOS

The first scenario that we encounter is a situation where you want to temporarily silence notifications. This could be because you have gone into an important meeting at work, or maybe you are about to watch a movie at your local cinema. Rings, beeps and whistles from your iPhone during these times are equally inappropriate and annoying.

For this scenario, you will want to activate Do Not Disturb. This can be found in the Control Centre and to access this, you simply need to swipe up from the bottom of the screen. Next, tap the icon that activates Do Not Disturb. This is the icon that looks like a blue crescent moon on a white background. When active, the moon icon turns purple.

Now that your iPhone is in Do Not Disturb mode, your notifications will not ring out, but they will still appear on the screen. This includes any texts or calls, so avoid using Do Not Disturb if you’re waiting for an important message or phone call! Once you are out of that important meeting or the cinema, simply tap the Do Not Disturb icon again and your notifications will sound out once again.

The next scenario is one where you want to silence notifications at the same time each day. The most likely reason for this is to ensure that notifications do not disturb you through the night when you are sleeping.

To do this you will need to go to the Settings App and then tap on the Do Not Disturb option. You will now see a toggle option called Scheduled. Here you can set the times that you do not want to be disturbed by notifications. Remember to tap the toggle switch, which turns green when active.

The third scenario is one where a certain iPhone app is harassing you with notifications you do not want. To turn off notifications from one app, open the Settings App and choose the option called Notifications. Next, you need to scroll down until you find the offending app. Tap on the app and you will see another toggle switch labelled as Allow Notifications. If the toggle switch is green, then tap it so that it turns white.


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How to turn off unwanted notifications on Android

Let’s take a look at how you complete the same actions on an Android mobile phone. To temporarily silence notifications, simply swipe your finger down from the top of the screen. You can now tap the crescent moon icon, labelled Do Not Disturb. When Do Not Disturb is active, you will see a crescent moon icon in the status bar.

To silence notifications at the same time each day, go to Settings followed by Do Not Disturb. You will now see an option called Enable as Scheduled. You can now tap the toggle and enter the times that you do not want notifications to disturb you.

There are two ways to turn off notifications from one app. The first way is to wait for a notification from the app that is annoying you. You can then slide the notification box partially to the left or right. When you do this you will see the grey Settings Cog. Tap on this and then tap the toggle switch labelled Allow Notifications, so that it turns from green to white.

You can reach the same toggle switch by going into your Settings, followed by Notifications and then Notifications Management. Scroll down to find the app and tap its toggle switch as described above.

For both iOS and Android, there are many more ways of managing notifications. You will find these on the screens mentioned above and these will allow you to manage exceptions. These can be very useful if you want a notification from a specific app or contact to be audible, even when Do Not Disturb is activated.


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