How to Hide Status Bar Notification Icons on Android

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You might think that the only way to stop apps from showing notifications in the status bar is to disable them altogether. It’s not true. You can “minimize” notifications so they’re only visible by expanding Android’s notification shade.

Android offers many tools to fine-tune notifications. However, most of these methods boil down to turning things on or off. “Minimized” notifications aren’t completely disabled, but they appear much less prominently.

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First, swipe down from the top of your device screen (once or twice, depending on your phone or tablet manufacturer) and tap the gear icon to open the Settings menu .

Then select “Notifications”. It may also be called “Apps and notifications”.

Next, select Notifications.

You’ll see an abbreviated list of your recently used apps. It will be different depending on your device. Select the option to expand the full list.

Expand the recent apps list.

With the full list open, find the app you want to minimize notifications for.

Find the app for which you want to minimize notifications.

Then you will see the list of notification channels. These are all the different types of notifications the app uses. Select the channel associated with the type of notification you want to minimize.

To note: On some devices, you’ll need to select “Notifications” before you see notification channels.

Select the channel associated with the type of notification you want to minimize.

Now select the “Silent” option at the top.

Now select the Silent option.

Once you switch to silent mode, the “Minimize” option will appear. Activate it.

Activate the reduction switch.

Here is an example of what a minimized notification looks like. Notice how the Google Fi icon isn’t in the status bar, but how the notification is visible in the “Silent” section when I expand the notification shade.

It’s a nice little trick for those pesky apps that may distract you with notifications but aren’t important enough to completely jam your life.

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