How to Turn Off Heads-Up Notifications in Android Marshmallow

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 16 Oct 2015

Android Lollipop introduced a new type of notification that it calls heads-up notifications. Instead of showing a scrolling message in the status bar. as the notifications was in earlier versions of Android Lollipop. Heads-up notifications slide down over the status bar to provide a larger, more visible notification message. The change was controversial. These new notifications may look prettier and be more accessible to read than the old ones. Still, some users, like Apple users, lamented the change since the new notifications obscured other onscreen content. Heads-up notifications are still around in Android Marshmallow. Still, you can now switch off heads-up notifications on a per-app basis. Open the Settings app, then tap Sound & notification. Tap App notifications, then tap the name of the app you no longer want to see notifications for. Next, toggle the low-peeking switch to the Off position, and it’ll turn from blue to gray. Just like that, you will no longer receive heads-up notifications for that app.
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Slide Allow peeking to the Off position to disable heads up notifications for a given app.

Unfortunately, Marshmallow doesn’t appear to have a system-wide setting for these notifications. Still, at the very least, you can reduce the number of heads-up notifications you see.