How to set Android app notifications to silent status

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One area where Android has always had the upper hand over iOS is…notifications. Android has a much more robust notification system than the competing OS, and that’s a fact. That being said, in today’s article we’re only going to talk about part of it. We are concentrating on one thing here, we are going to show you how to put Android app notifications in silent status. There is actually more than one way to do this.

Note that in this example we are demonstrating this on the Google Pixel 4a running Android 12. So we are demonstrating this feature on stock Android. Note that most other Android skins work similarly, but not all. It’s possible that it works differently on your phone even though you’re using Android 12. However, the differences shouldn’t be too big, and you should still be able to do the same.

How to set Android app notifications to silent status

First of all, it’s worth noting that depending on the app, more than one notification channel might be thrown into the mix. For example, when it comes to instant messaging apps, you usually have a chats channel, a calls channel, and so on. We’ll talk more about that soon. So, let’s tackle the main method of dealing with mute notifications on Android.

The first thing you need to do is navigate to your phone’s settings. From the home screen, swipe up and find or otherwise access the Settings app.

Navigate to the Apps menu in Settings.

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There you need to get access to a full list of your apps. On standard Android, you need to tap “See All”. [NUMBER] app option.

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Once a full list of apps opens, simply select which app you want to control. For example, we choose Facebook Messenger.

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Once you tap on the desired app, you will see the “Notifications” menu. Tip It.

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In this menu you will see the “Notifications” section. As you can see there are different channels that are allowed to send notifications to my device from this app. These channels include chats, calls, stories, reminders, and so on. For this specific example, let’s mute “chats” aka instant messages. Tap on “Chats”.

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Once the next menu opens, you will see the “Mute” option under the “Default” setting. Tip It.

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Once you select it, you will see the explanation “No sound or vibration” under it. There are also some additional options below that you can select. As you can see, in this mode the pap still shows me the notification dot, but I can remove that as well. I can also instruct it to override Do Not Disturb mode and more. Set this to whatever you like, but the point is that the phone doesn’t ring or vibrate when a new message arrives, while the notification continues to arrive and is visible in the notification shade.

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A quick way to do it

There is actually another way to do this, but you must have an active notification for it. For example, if you get a reminder from Google Keep aka Keep Notes but want to stop your phone from ringing or vibrating in the future, here’s how you can do it.

When you get such a notification, swipe down to open your notification bar.

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Hold your finger on the notification you want, in this case it’s from Google Keep. A new menu will appear with a direct setting to mute such notifications.

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You can’t fine-tune anything in this menu, but you can quickly change the setting for it, which can be very useful. So just select the “Mute” option, tap “Apply” and you are good to go.

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