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How to handle one of Android 5.0 Lollipop’s most annoying issues

Published Jan 14th, 2015 2:20PM EST
Android 5.0 Lollipop Tips And Tricks Notifications

Android 5.0 Lollipop has been well received so far but as with every new major platform update, there are always some gripes. Dan Lew, for instance, has noticed that Google has made some rather unintuitive changes to Android’s notifications settings that everyone should know about before they start using the new OS.

FROM EARLIER: Android fans vent about what they hate most about Lollipop

Lew starts off by going through the two ways you can access your notifications settings — either via the volume rocker for a quick view or via accessing Interruptions under Sound & Notifications settings for a more detailed view.

Next, you should pick out which notifications will either make noises or vibrate when they arrive on your phone — you can have all notifications make noises, all notifications vibrate or make all notifications completely silent. There’s also an option to make most notifications silent except for priority notifications like alarms. You can add more notifications to your priority notifications list if you want as well.

While this sounds simple enough, Lew explains that the way it’s set up can make it difficult to understand at first.

“In past versions, silent mode was never actually silent — it had exceptions, like alarms,” he writes. “Priority just embraces this paradox by allowing you to configure which exceptions still make noise. ‘None’ is a new setting that did not exist pre-Lollipop. It can be considered true silence.”

Be sure to read Lew’s full post for a more detailed breakdown by clicking the source link below.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.