How to Pause Notifications on Android

android pause notifications

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.

open device settings

In the Settings menu, go to “Apps & Notifications”.

select apps and notifications

Select the “Notifications” option.

select notifications

Scroll down and expand the “Advanced” section.

expand advanced section

Turn the switch on to “Allow snooze notifications”.

allow repetition of notifications

We can now pause some notifications. First, swipe up from the top of the screen to open the notifications panel.

swipe down to open notifications

Next, find an app notification you want to snooze and slowly swipe it left or right.

swipe the notification 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.

tap the clock icon
Icons on a Google Pixel phone

Or select the bell icon.

tap the bell icon
Icons on a Samsung Galaxy Phone

The notification will say “Put on hold for 1 hour”. Press the down arrow to see more time options.

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).

select one of the hours

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.

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