How to Set Android App Notifications to Silent

One of Android’s main strengths as a platform is how it handles notifications. As an Android user, you have a lot of control over your alerts, so you can make sure the less important things don’t get in your way. By default, most notifications arrive with a sound and/or vibration, depending on your phone’s current alert settings. You can use Do Not Disturb to silence all your notifications for a while, but that’s a drastic option. Luckily, you can set individual notifications from specific apps to silent — they won’t sound or vibrate, and they’ll also be moved to a less noticeable spot in your notification shade. This guide will show you how to set any notification to silent so that you are no longer bothered by annoying app notifications.

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How does notification silence work?

Just like snooze notifications and other notification settings, silence is based on notification channels. If you look at the notification settings for any app, you’ll likely see more than one type of notification, and those are called channels on Android. When you mute a notification, you’re actually muting that specific channel, so it’s important to understand how it works. For example, if you look at Google Calendar’s notification settings below, you can see that it has three separate notification channels: calendar notifications, background sync, and task notifications.

If you set calendar notifications to silent, it means that alerts related to calendar events will no longer play sound or vibration, but task reminders will not be affected, as they are controlled through a separate channel. Keep this in mind when setting app notifications to silent, as this won’t necessarily apply to all types of alerts from every app.


Google Pixel phones (and other stock Android devices)

Pixel phones run what many call “stock” Android. Smartphones and tablets from Motorola, Nokia, Sony and Asus run very similar software, so the steps in this section will also apply. For Samsung-specific advice, skip to the One UI section. If your device is made by another manufacturer and these steps don’t help, try searching for “Notifications” in your settings and see if disabling notifications is an option in each app’s notification settings.

There are several ways to turn off notifications, but we’ll start with the easiest…

How to silence notifications from the notification shade

This is the best method because you won’t have to worry about going through app notification channels. Just select the notification you want to disable and you can do it directly from the shade without digging into the settings.


  1. Pull down the notification panel by swiping down from the top of the screen (this can be done from any screen)
  2. Long press the notification you would like to silence
  3. Faucet Quiet to change the alert setting for this notification (and others in the same channel)

All notifications from this app that are under the same notification will now be silent and will appear at the bottom of your notification shade in the “Silent” section.

How to turn off notifications through settings

This option is useful if you want to check or change settings for multiple notification channels within an app.

  1. Open the Settings application
  2. Faucet Opinion
  3. Select app whose notifications you want to disable (Calendar in this example)
  4. You will now see all notification channels for this app — tap the notification channel you would like to silence
  5. Now you can select Quiet


Notifications under this channel will now be silenced. You’ll need to do this for each notification channel you want to use without sound or vibration.

Another way to access an app’s notification settings is to long press on a notification and tap the settings cog in the top right (see below). You will be redirected to the settings page and the corresponding notification channel will be highlighted.

Samsung Galaxy phones (one user interface)

Features like this sometimes work a little differently on Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets with the company’s One UI skin on Android. Let’s see how to turn off notifications on your Galaxy device. A key difference in terminology is that Samsung refers to notification channels as “categories” instead, so keep that in mind.


How to silence notifications from the notification shade

As with other Android phones, the easiest way is directly from the notification shade…

  1. Pull down the notification panel by swiping down from the top of the screen (this can be done from any screen)
  2. Long press the notification you would like to silence
  3. Faucet Deliver quietly to change the alert setting for this notification (and others in the same category)

How to turn off notifications through settings

This option is useful if you want to check or change settings for multiple notification channels within an app.

  1. Open the Settings application
  2. To select Opinion
  3. Faucet Continued under Sent recently to see apps on your phone that have recently sent notifications
  4. Select app you would like to silence
  5. Now you will see a list of app notification category – select category you want to silence
  6. Choose the Quiet option


And that’s all there is to it. If you change your mind and want to turn a silent notification into a loud notification, just follow the same steps and change the setting back to its default.


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