How to stop Android app notifications through Digital Wellbeing
Google is going out of its way to help you take control of your mobile devices. One route the developers have taken is allowing users to define what apps are allowed access to notifications. With this newly refined system, users decide how much they want their phone interrupting them throughout the day.
If you happen to have a device running a version of Android that includes (in other words, Android Pie or later and currently only on specific devices), you, too, have more options for controlling pesky notifications. Let’s find out how.
Accessing digital wellbeing
By default, you won’t find a launcher for Digital Wellbeing in the App Drawer. Instead, you open the app from Settings | Digital Wellbeing (Figure A).
From within the Digital Wellbeing main window (Figure B), tap Manage notifications.
In the resulting window (Figure C), you can scroll through the listing of apps and tap the On/Off slider to disable notifications for specific apps.
Once you disable the notification for the app(s) in question, they will no longer interrupt you throughout your day.
Why this method?
Using Digital Wellbeing to silence specific app notifications has one major benefit—it makes for very quick and easy control. In other words, instead of hunting down how to return apps to their default ability to access notifications, you can simply return back to the Manage notifications window and re-enable notifications for those apps you disable. This method is much more efficient than any other.
Although Digital Wellbeing offers a number of other important features, I found the ability to easily manage app notifications to be its best feature. If you happen to have a device that includes Digital Wellbeing, you owe it to yourself to start using it for this specific purpose. By silencing some of those apps, your busy work day will get a bit less frustrating.