How to make permanent app notifications go away in Android

Do you have an Android smartphone or tablet with Android 7 Nougat or Android 6 Marshmallow? Are there some apps whose notifications never go away from the notification drawer? When you hit the Clear All button all notifications go away except one or two which never go away? If you have this problem than you’re in luck, because this guide will help you fix this problem for good:

NOTE: This guide applies to Android 7 Nougat and Android 6 Marshmallow. The procedure is similar on all Android powered devices, so you should be set even if you're running a different version on Android on your device. Our guide was created using a Google Nexus 6P smartphone, with a clean distribution of Android 7 Nougat.

Problem description: Android app notifications that won’t go away

If you are like us, you check the notification drawer regularly on your Android device. Flick from the top to the bottom of the screen to see all the notifications that are displayed by your apps. When you are done checking them, you press the Clear All option and most notifications go away, except one or two, which are displayed there permanently. Such notifications are shown mostly by apps which permanently run in the background like the LastPass password manager or antivirus products like Kaspersky Internet Security.

These apps provide useful services and you don’t want to remove them. However, you may want them to stop showing their permanent notifications, which fill the notifications drawer with information that is not useful to you.

The solution: Edit the notification settings for the app notification that annoys you

When checking the notifications on your Android device, press and hold the app notification that you want to go away. A list of options is shown for that app notification. You can choose between the following settings:

  • Show notifications silently - this setting will show text notifications in the notification drawer but it won’t play any sounds. Since we’re dealing with permanent notifications, this setting won’t make the annoying app notification go away.
  • Block all notifications - this makes all text and sound notifications go away. This is the setting that you should use for making permanent app notifications disappear from the notification drawer in Android.
  • Don’t silence or block - the default setting for all app notifications which makes notifications behave as they were intended to by their developer.

After selecting the setting what works for you, tap Done.

Which apps display permanent notifications on your Android devices?

Now that you have solved your problem, before you close this article, let us know which apps displayed permanent notifications on your Android device(s). Was it a password manager like LastPass or a mobile antivirus product like Kaspersky Internet Security?