Unwanted push notifications can be a major annoyance, generating pop-up banners and boxes that distract you from your day-to-day smartphone use. Many smartphone apps provide push notifications as a default setting, meaning that the number of unwanted notifications you receive increases as you install apps. Both Apple's iOS and Google's Android smartphone operating systems contain a central menu for disabling notifications from individual apps. This allows you to specify the apps from which you receive notifications without having to work through each app's individual menu system.
Disable Notifications on iOS Device
Tap the “Settings” icon and then tap “Notifications” to bring up the Notifications menu.
Tap “Edit” to access the Notifications edit mode.
Tap and hold the list icon next to the app from which you want to disable notifications and drag the app's list entry down to the bottom of the screen to the “Not in Notification Center” section of the menu. This instantly disables all push notifications for that app. Tap "Done" to exit the Edit screen.
Disable Notifications on Android Device
Tap the “Settings” icon and then select “Application Manager” to bring up the Application Manager menu.
Select the app whose notifications you want to disable from the list.
Tap the “Show Notifications” check box to uncheck it and then tap “OK” on the following menu screen to disable all notifications for that app.
Tips & Warnings
- Information in this article applies to devices running iOS 6 and Android Jelly Bean operating systems. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.
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