How to hide status bar notification icons

Having notification icons in the status bar is one of the great things about Android. It’s not something iOS offers, and it’s a really nice feature to have. You can always peek at the status bar to see if you have any unread notifications and see from which apps at the same time. Why would you give that up, would you? Well, in case you want, for some reason, in this article, we’ll show you how to hide notification icons from the status bar.

We’ll use stock Android to show you how to do it. In this particular case, we are using Android 11 which runs on the Google Pixel 4a handset. Below is the whole procedure along with screenshots, so you can do it step by step while following. So basically, let’s get started.

How to Hide Status Bar Notification Icons on Android

The first thing you will need to do is access your phone settings. You can do this by lowering the notification shade, but since the location of this icon is different between manufacturers, we will access the settings in a more common way. Swipe down from the bottom to open the app tray and find the Settings icon.

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Once you enter the settings, look for “Apps & notifications” options, or just “Notifications”, as they may be featured on some other devices.

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When you enter the “Apps & Notifications” submenu, you’ll see your most recently used apps. The application for which you want to remove an icon is one of them, tap on it, otherwise, open a full list of applications installed on your smartphone.

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Once you’re on the full list, find the app you want to minimize notifications for. In our case, we chose Facebook Messenger. Tap the app.

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Once in the app settings, you will notice the “Notifications” submenu. Open it.

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There, you’ll see a ton of system-level notification options. You can basically choose to minimize status bar notifications for a particular type of notification. So, for example, for chats and calls. This is what we decided to do, in this example.

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Once you are in this menu, you will see the “Silent” option. Select it.

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Once you do that, a new option will open, it’s called “Minimize”. Flip the switch next to it.

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Here. The notification icon will no longer be visible in the status bar, but it will be visible in the “Silent” section of the notification shade. You can see how it looks in the image provided below.

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