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June 1, 2014

Stop notification spam on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 8.1- [How to]


Most of us know the feeling, you install the latest trending app or game, play around with it for a few minutes, then close it and attend to more important things in life. Next time you reach for your smartphone or tablet, your attention gets distracted by a notification. It came from the same app or game, and it’s usually asking you to do something annoying,  like downloading another app, buy more credits, etc. You will dismiss it, of course, but there’s always more where that came from. And if your luck is bad enough that you installed several apps like that, it won’t be long before your notifications centre becomes littered with them.

Thankfully, the three major players, Apple, Google and Microsoft are perfectly aware that not providing adequate controls over this would make their customers very angry. And no one wants an angry customer – right! Hence, Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 8.1 have built-in options to control notifications for specific apps. However, some users might not be able to find them right away, so let’s see how to get rid of them annoying ads.

On Android

On Android, the process is a breeze. There are two ways to disable notifications. The first one is quick, the second one is sluggish.

The quick way

Is to open the Notification drawer and long-press on the annoying notification until an App Info menu shows up. Tap on it, and it will take you to the relative app’s App Info menu. Once you’re there, simply remove the check-mark to the left of “Show notifications”, and they will no longer bother you.

The second way is slower

But can be useful if you have a sudden change of heart and decide you actually want to receive notifications from an app that had them disabled. Head over to the Settings menu on your device, and tap Apps. Browse the list until you find the app you’re after. Then, tap on it, and remove (or put back in) the check-mark against Show notifications.

On Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft brought a Notification Centre in WP 8.1, and it’s only a matter of time before notification spam catches up. Luckily, MS has already published instructions on how to make your apps behave. Similar to iOS 7, users are able to choose whether notifications should include banners, sound, and vibration, or should simply be turned off.

Rather than reprint the page here, we’re giving you the link as Microsoft have a very good guide here follow this link to accustom yourself with the Notification Centre’s options.

On iOS 7

Apple’s notification controls are quick & sleek. In fact, since the tech tribe from Cupertino has a peculiar habit of systematizing and controlling everything about its products, users have the privilege of choosing exactly what types of Notifications and alerts they want (or don’t) to receive from their apps.

To exploit your liberty, head to the Notification Centre menu in Settings. In the bottom section, there’s the Include list. Choose an app, and you’ll be taken to another menu, where you can disable badges, sound alerts, and getting alerts in the Notification Centre and Lock Screen.

Hopefully, this little guide which is  pretty straightforward will help you solve a notifications problem’s.


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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini