02 January 2018
Android Oreo comes with a bunch of new features which not only change the way things look on your Android device but also the way you do or handle certain tasks. One such feature is Notification Channels which gives you a more granular control over notifications from apps. It basically makes it possible for users to decide what particular type of notifications you want to have and which ones not.
If you are still finding it hard to understand, you need not worry. It is actually a complicated task to explain Notification Channels clearly in a sentence but once you complete this tutorial, you will not only be able to understand it but also be able to use it. So without further ado, let's get started.
Note: Notification Channels is a feature which an app developer needs to implement from his end. It means you will not find it on all the apps at the moment but you can surely count on developers to add the functionality as the time will pass.
Step 1: Visit Settings on your Android device and tap Apps & Notifications.
Step 2: Tap Notifications->Notifications and scroll down the list to choose the app for which you want to tweak Notification Channels. For this tutorial's purposes, we will select Google Play Store.
Step 3: You can see different notification Categories (another name for Channels) like High priority, Account alerts, App updates available, and Updated apps. Tap the toggle to enable/disable notifications for that particular category. Let's assume we disable notifications for App updates available category, then it means Google Play Store app will send you notifications for everything else except when you will have app updates to install.
Step 4: Other than simply enabling or disabling app notifications, you can even customize notification type for any particular category. Tapping on the category name will give you an interface like the one shown below. From here, you can adjust settings like importance level, enable/disable notification dots, turn on/off blink light, and whether to show the notification content on the lock screen.
This way, you can easily use Notification Channels and control different aspects of the different type of notifications for a particular app. It should be noted that just like an app developer is free to decide whether to implement Channels or not, he is also free to decide what kind of notification categories he wants to offer.
This simply means that there is no standard layout for Notification Channels. You will have to check out each app manually to see whether it has the support for the feature or not and if it has then what kind of channels it offers.