Android Tablets and Phones

Keeping Your Informed

Getting Your Attention

Your device is designed to try to alert you about important information that requires your attention. In this lesson, we'll learn:

  1. How notifications work and how to make them helpful.

  2. To manage device interruptions.

What are Notifications?

Your device is trying to get your attention!

It does this through a variety of methods. These ways may include making various sounds, vibrating, popping messages on the screen, and putting red badges on your Apps. In addition, a summary of notifications is visible at any time in the Notification Center.

You can conveniently access the Notification Center by swiping down from the top edge of your device. It's an important habit to check your notifications as one of the first tasks whenever you use your phone. It's like asking your phone, "What's happened since we last met?" Your device can let you know if you missed a call, if someone changed an appointment, if you have new messages, and more.

Handling Notifications

Usually, you will deal with urgent notifications, like an incoming phone call, when your phone alerts you. Other notifications, such as a new email message, can be dealt with when you have time. Still, others are more of a nuisance and should be turned off altogether.

You can decide how to handle non-urgent interruptions by using the Notification list:

  • Read the message and observe the icon that indicates which App is alerting you.

  • Tap on an important message to access the App

  • Swipe to clear a messages.

  • Long press to turn off or adjust unwanted notifications.

Manage the Nag!

Your device gives you complete control of how it alerts you. Long-press on any notifications to bring up more options. Press the gear icon and then decide:

  • To set the notifications to the recommended default

  • Set the notifications to silent. They will still appear on your list but won't make any sound.

  • Turn off notifications at the source

You can also adjust notifications directly in the settings app. Not every app sends notifications. We recommend that you only adjust settings or turn off notifications as they become a problem.

Be Quiet!

It can be very embarrassing when your device rings or beeps in the middle of a movie theatre or church service. Thankfully, you can avoid this situation by practicing a simple habit. Just put your phone or tablet on silent or vibrate beforehand.

An easy way to do this is to use your device's Do Not Disturb feature. This capability lets you setup schedules and rules for urgent calls to still get through.

In addition, use the volume buttons to silence the sounds or to turn on vibrate mode on your phone. Remember to turn it back on afterward so you won't miss that important call!