How to turn off distracting notifications

Is your phone affecting your concentration, with notifications from old games and apps you don’t use? Turn them off, and focus on what's important.
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How to turn off distracting notifications

Keep on top of those notifications

Your phone notifications should be useful and interesting, but that’s not always the case, is it? Instead of getting notified about important stuff, we’re just as likely to get an update on that game we stopped playing months ago, or an app we no longer use.

It’s worth spending a little bit of time getting rid of notifications you don’t really want. So without further ado, here’s how to stop your Android, Windows Phone or iOS device driving you to distraction.

How to stop Android notifications

When you get a notification you just know you’ll never want to see again, press and hold it until ‘App info’ appears. You’ll then be taken to the information screen for that particular app. You’ll see a ticked ‘Show notifications’ option near the top of this page. You know what to do – untick it.

You can also take action without waiting for a notification. Go to Settings, Apps, find the troublesome app in question, and untick that ‘Show notification’ option. If you follow the above advice but still find that you’re getting notifications you don’t want, try installing Notifications Off.

Notifications Off lets you turn off notifications from one place, rather than going into each individual app and toggling them on and off individually. Plus, it can automatically disable notifications for new apps as soon as they’re installed.

How to stop Windows Phone notifications

With Windows Phone 8.1 you can easily control which apps you get notifications for, and how you receive them (whether they show above your lock screen, for example).

Go to Settings, Notifications + actions. From this screen, you’ll be able to control the notifications that appear in your action centre, and whether you get a banner alert for it. You’ll also be able to choose whether you want sounds, vibrations (or nothing at all) to alert you.

How to stop iOS notifications

To control notifications on your iOS device, go to Settings, Notifications.

Your apps will be listed under INCLUDE or DO NOT INCLUDE. To stop receiving notifications for a particular app, simply move it to DO NOT INCLUDE.

You can also tap on an individual app and change its notification settings. For example, you can disallow notifications completely, turn off repeat notifications, or stop lock screen notifications only.

A final tip for complete concentration…

If you ever really need to concentrate on something without any needless distractions, don’t forget that you can always turn on your phone’s Airplane Mode. This is a great way of making sure you don’t get disturbed with calls, messages or notifications - letting you completely focus on the task in hand.

Or even better, turn your phone off – just as long as you don’t suffer from Nomophobia, of course.

Have you got any nifty notification tips of your own? Feel free to share below.

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