Control app notifications on your Galaxy phone

Person checking App notification settings on their Galaxy phone

Instead of constantly sifting through your notifications, select which apps send alerts and which ones don't. You can also customize the way your favorite apps send alerts, such as notifications, sounds, and vibrations. To make things even better, you can snooze notifications or access an app's notification settings from the Lock screen.

Note: Available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider, software version, and phone model.

View notifications

Did you just receive an important email? To view your notifications, swipe down from the top of your phone's screen using two fingers. Notifications will be displayed under the Quick settings panel.

  • To open a notification, tap it.

  • To clear all notifications, tap Clear.

  • To close the Notification panel, swipe up or tap Back.

  • To customize your notifications, tap Notification settings at the bottom of the panel. Tap More to edit which apps you will receive notifications from.

Notifications on the Quick settings panel with options on top and below

Use the following steps if you'd like to see which apps have recently sent notifications:

  1. Navigate to and open Settings, and then tap Notifications.

  2. The Recently sent section will list the apps that have sent a notification within the last couple of hours or days. Tap More to see a complete list.

  3. From here, you can tap the drop-down menu at the top to sort the list between Most recent notifications or Most frequent. You can also see notifications that have been blocked.

  4. If you'd like to customize your notifications further, please see our guide for controlling notifications.

Block app notifications

You can block notifications you don't want, so they'll be out of your hair.

  1. From Settings, tap Notifications, and then tap More under Recently sent.

  2. Tap the drop-down menu at the top, and then tap All. The drop-down menu will be set to Most recent by default.

  3. Tap the switch(es) next to the app(s) that you would like to block notifications for.

  4. To view what apps you've blocked, tap the drop-down menu, and then tap Notifications turned off.

Down arrow icon highlighted on a Galaxy phone

Customize additional notification settings

Every app will send you notifications about different things. For example, a social media app may send you notifications about a new video someone posted or a message your account received. You can customize which specific notifications you get, so you're not bogged down with ones you don't want.

  1. From Settings, tap Notifications, and then tap More under Recently sent.

  2. Tap the drop-down menu at the top, and then tap All.

  3. Next, tap the name of the app you'd like to customize.

  4. From this page, you can adjust some settings, such as muting notification sounds or enabling App icon badges.

  5. Next, tap Notification categories, and then tap the switch next to your desired categories to enable or disable them.

A list of notification settings and switches next to them on a Galaxy phone

Note: The available options may vary depending on the app.

App icon badges

App icon badges are the little dots that appear next to your apps when they receive a notification. You can adjust whether your apps display App icon badges or not.

  1. Navigate to and open Settings, tap Notifications, and then tap Advanced settings.

  2. Tap App icon badges, and then tap the switch at the top to turn the badges on or off.

App icon badges switched on with Number chosen on a Galaxy phone

Status bar settings

If a bunch of notifications are clogging up your status bar, you can hide them all or only show a couple.

  1. Navigate to and open Settings, and then tap Notifications.

  2. Tap Advanced settings

  3. Tap Show notification icons, and then adjust your desired settings. For example, you can choose to show all notifications, your three most recent notifications, or so on.

Show notification icons highlighted on a Galaxy phone

Flash notifications

If you are busy or on the go, it can be easy to miss notifications. To make your notifications more noticeable, turn on flash notifications. When this feature is enabled, your phone will flash every time a notification is received. Now you won't miss any important notifications, like an email from your boss or a text from a family member that needs help.

Flash notification switched on with a Galaxy phone

Snooze notifications

If you need to temporarily silence notifications or save them for later, you can set up a snooze option.

Swipe down from the top of your screen to open the panel. Then, swipe your desired notification to the left or right. Tap the Snooze icon (it looks like a bell), and then choose your desired option, such as 15 minutes or 1 hour. Tap Save.

Note: The Snooze option may not be available on all software versions.

A notification with the Snooze icon highlighted on a Galaxy phone

Suggest actions and replies

You can ask your phone to offer suggestions when checking your notifications. This makes checking them easier if you’d like to perform an action without opening the app.

  1. To turn this on, navigate to and open Settings, and then tap Notifications.

  2. Tap Advanced settings.

  3. Tap the switch next to "Suggest actions and replies for notifications."

Switch highlighted next to Suggest actions and replies for notifications

Use the fingerprint sensor

Note: This option is not available on phones with the in-screen fingerprint reader.

Here's a fun way to open or close the Notification panel: just swipe your finger up and down on your phone's fingerprint sensor.

  1. To turn on this function, navigate to and open Settings, and then search for and select Finger sensor gestures.

  2. Tap the switch to turn it on.

  3. After the feature is turned on, give it a try by swiping your finger up and on the fingerprint sensor.

A list of settings with Finger sensor gestures
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