Notifications can be a blessing and a curse. They are sometimes very practical, but they can also be entertaining. If you have an Android smartphone or tablet, chances are you can take a break and repeat them.
It is possible to completely turn off notifications for specific apps, but sometimes that’s too aggressive. Maybe you just need to put your distractions on hold for a short time. Android Oreo has introduced repetition of notifications, and it is available on many devices.
Notification queuing is available on Google Pixel phones and Samsung Galaxy devices. Availability is limited (and sometimes not available) on phones and tablets from other manufacturers. Here is how it works.
On some versions of Android, you’ll need to manually turn on notification queuing before you can use it. Swipe up from the top of the screen (once or twice depending on your device manufacturer) and tap the gear icon to open the Settings menu.
In the Settings menu, go to “Apps & Notifications”.
Select the “Notifications” option.
Scroll down and expand the “Advanced” section.
Turn the switch on to “Allow snooze notifications”.
We can now pause some notifications. First, swipe up from the top of the screen to open the notifications panel.
Next, find an app notification you want to snooze and slowly swipe it left or right.
Lift your finger before sliding it completely. You will see a gear icon, as well as a bell or clock icon. Tap the clock icon.
Or select the bell icon.
The notification will say “Put on hold for 1 hour”. Press the down arrow to see more time options.
The time options are typically 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, and 2 hours. Choose one of the times listed (and press “Save” if this button is displayed).
That’s it! After the snooze period ends, all notifications received during that period are displayed. Unfortunately, sleep does not work for all apps. Your results may therefore vary. Keep this in mind when trying this feature.