How to turn off notifications for individual apps?

  • On my iphone, there is a "notifications" setting section, which basically just allows me to choose which apps has the power to notify me.

    I was wondering if there's anything similar that is available on the Samsung Galaxy s2?

    Basically, we have a new app called Scramble For Friends. And it keeps notifying us every time someone has finished their turn so that I can play. We play random people so this could be in the middle of the night or in a meeting etc.

    It just vibrates but still - it's annoying and we want to turn it off. We also don't want to turn off other notifications like Email, Facebook etc. - we just want to turn off the notifications for Scramble For Friends.

    I've been looking around in the Settings but there doesn't seem to be a universal page which deals just with notifications.

    Your username is great.. :)

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    R R Correct answer

    9 years ago

    Update: It is posible to disable notifications of individual apps on system level in Jelly Bean (4.1).

    Under each application info screen there is now a checkbox for "show notifications" (assuming the app sends notifications). Uncheck that and no more notifications from that app.

    You can get to the screen by going to Settings | Apps | {application} or, more conveniently, long-pressing the notification itself and then tapping "App Info".

    More details in this article.


    Notifications are handled on a per-app basis.
    The only way to turn them off is inside that particular application's settings.
    This menu - unlike on iOS - can he accessed from inside the application. It's usually an option that comes up after pressing your menu button, or if your phone doesn't have one than it's hidden behind the overflow menu ie. The three dots.

    In the case of scramble with friends there's a settings icon on the main screen. There's an option to set the polling interval. The default is 5 minutes.

    *If* the app has one. One could easily forget adding this setting.

    really? why would android trust the app to do this? So you could have all these apps that you never use on your phone but it'd be impossible to get them to stop executing something in the background?

    That would be construed as a design flaw. A good app developer would allow a user to completely quit / unload his app from memory - not leaving anything running in the background.

    @Diskdrive If you never use an app you can just as well uninstall it. Besides, unnecessary notifications are merely annoying but no security hazard.

    @sparx : yeah it may be a design flaw on the app developer, but then i would say its probably also a flaw with the OS if there's no way to view or shut down background activity when an app is off. If the activity wasn't sending notifications, you wouldn't even know which app was draining your battery etc.

    @Diskdrive most apps are not running in the background they're just cached in memory. The only reason this app has a service is to notify you.

    @RichardBorcsik : yeah i know. I guess I'm just frustrated at this particular problem but also, just surprised, cause so far, I've found android to be a lot better than ios but with this issue, I definitely think ios handles it better. Especially since android apps don't go through the same rigor for approval as an iphone app. At the very least add it as a security permission...

    @Diskdrive updated answer. It was there all along.

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