Android has various options for notifying you about updates and events in apps. They act and feel different. Say, you may be totally okay to receive notifications in the shade, but at the same time you may severely dislike the pop-up banners appearing at the very top that can prevent you from tapping on this part of the screen in other apps or even on your home screen. The upper part of your screen will be simply unusable as long as the banner shows up. Besides that, you can be in the middle of tapping on something at the top of your screen when suddenly floating notification arrives and ultimately you tap on the banner instead of what you wanted to touch initially. Consequently, your Android device switches the app, starts to play something with sound, you feel like things got out of your control and all this is very annoying. In prior versions of Android the feature we are talking about was called Heads-up notifications. In this tutorial we will explain how to get rid of pop-up banners. For instance, we’d like to disable banner notifications about subscriptions, livestreams, comments & replies and messages in the YouTube app.
How to Disable Pop-Up Banner Notifications from the YouTube App (or Actually ANY App)
Follow the steps:
- Hold down your finger on the YouTube app icon until the menu pops up.
- Select App Info:
Alternatively you can head to Settings → Apps & Notifications (or Apps) → tap See all apps → scroll down and tap on the app you need to disable banner notifications for.
- When in the App Info select Notifications:
- Here we are interested in categories with the bell icon next to their names. They are able to alert you with sound, vibration and a banner pop-up across the top of the screen.
Select the category of notifications that you wish to modify. For example, Subscriptions:
- Here you need either to disable the Pop on screen option
or switch the current notifications category from Alerting to Silent mode:
- Do the same to other alerting categories of notifications if you need: That’s it! Since now on you won’t be bothered by banners.
The same settings look a little bit different on Samsung Galaxy with One UI. You need to dive in the certain category and then switch from Sound and pop-up to Sound:
How to Completely Disable Notifications for Certain Event Categories in the App
Also note that you can disable certain notification categories by turning off the toggle to their right:
On the screenshot below I disabled not only sound, vibration and banners but even the notifications from the pull-down shade for Subscriptions and Livestreams categories.
The Last Option to Temporarily Get Rid of All App Notifications
The last option is to pause the app. This concerns not only YouTube, but any app on your Android device. Pausing means you can stop any notifications from a particular app until the next day.
- Long press on the YouTube icon, so the menu pops up.
- Select Pause:
- When you use the option for the first time, you need to confirm pausing:
When you are ready to unpause it, just tap on the icon as you usually do to launch the app. You may be asked for unpausing confirmation when doing for the first time:
I hope that you will find this article useful, despite the fact that the subject matter is rather tedious and confusing. Tell me, whether or not the guide helped you understand how to set up notifications and get rid of some of them.