Traditionally, spam came to us in email, but today there are new ways to receive this type of advertising. For example, on mobile, via ad notifications that tell you that there is a 20% discount on pizza or that today you can buy a pack of virtual gems at half price.
Nobody likes spam, wherever it comes from, and that’s why we tell you how you can block spam notifications that reach you on your Android mobile, whether they are part of an application or if they come from a web page.
Notifications from an app
On an Android mobile, probably most of the unwanted notifications come from apps. Spam can take many forms, from games that prompt you to return to them to products on sale or Pinterest warning you that there are hundreds of pins you have missed.
It is you who decides what is spam and what is not, and after all we are talking about notifications that you are not interested in and you do not want to continue watching. Luckily, it has become very easy to quickly block them since Android Oreo introduced notification channels.
Block only certain notifications from an app
When you see a notification from an app that you don’t want to see anymore, do a long tap on it. Depending on your personalization layer, you will then have a switch to deactivate this type of notifications or a button Stop notifications.
This option block all notifications of that type for that app, which is usually sufficient in most cases. In case the application sends you more notifications later, but in another category, you just have to repeat the process to block it as well.
Block all notifications from an app
What if you are convinced that you will absolutely not be interested in any notification of a specific application? Then you can block all. There are several ways to do it, one of them is with a long touch on the icon until the menu is displayed Application information, for later enter the Notifications section and uncheck the box.
This done, the application you no longer have permission to send notifications to your mobile, and it will remain so until you repeat the process and re-activate the box.
Web page notifications
There are other types of notifications that you can receive on your mobile: those that come from web pages and that come to you through the web browser. Many pages today ask you permission to send notifications, and it is possible that at the time it seemed like a good idea (or that you pressed it accidentally). Luckily, you can always change your mind by editing the settings in the browser.
Block in Google Chrome
If you use Google Chrome and spam notifications are reaching you through it, luckily it does not complicate your life much to deactivate notifications. You can do it from the Chrome settings, entering the Notifications section.
This settings actually takes you to the Android settings, and that is that Google Chrome uses the notification channels for notifications from web pages. This way, you just have to use the switch to disable notifications for a specific web page.
Block on Samsung Internet
If your preferred browser is Samsung’s, you will have to work a little more to get to the same settings. You must first enter the settings, and then go to Websites and Downloads. Once inside, tap on Show website notifications.
You can disable notifications completely (with the advantage that no website can ask for your permission), or disable switch for a specific web page.
Block in Firefox
Mozilla Firefox for Android does not have a centralized menu for web page notifications and it also does not use notification channels for this, so the only way to disable notifications in this case is entering the web page that generates them first.
For example, to get rid of Facebook notifications you must first open the Facebook website, then tap on the lock icon and open Edit site settings. Here you can disable notifications by unchecking the box.