Peeking or heads-up Notifications was first introduced in Android Lollipop and smart phone users got an opportunity to see the notification preview. The feature then continues and it is available in Android Oreo as well. If you find this notifications showing up on your Android devices disturbing or encroaching upon your privacy, you can stop or disable notifications peeking in your Android Oreo phone.
Earlier, there was no facility on Android to turn off or disable heads-up notifications, and therefore, users had to rely on a third-party app developed by Jawomo’s Headsoff. But Android has rolled out a built-in feature in its Oreo and this will enable users to turn off notification peeking in Oreo running devices.
How to Disable Heads Up Notifications in Android Oreo
Android users normally get notifications on a few select apps, and therefore, they would like to stop notification preview on apps like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Youtube and others. These are third-party apps; users can also hide notification shade on pre-installed apps on their Oreo devices.
How to Stop Peeking Notifications on Pre-installed Apps for in Android Oreo
For example, we can hide notifications pop-up on the default message app.
Step #1: Launch Settings on your Android phone.
Step #2: Tap on Notifications and then Messages.
Step #3: Now you need to tap on Default option and then tap on Importance on Notification category screen.
Step #4: Next, you should select High and not Urgent or Medium; when you choose High, Oreo ensures that you don’t want any full screen interruption or peeking.
Similarly, you can also stop screen interruptions for other apps like Google Map, Google Drive, Chrome, Gmail etc on your Android Oreo device.
How to Turn Off Peeking Notifications in Facebook in Oreo
Allow Peeking is now replaced by Allow Sound in some Android apps like Facebook, Instagram etc. You can disable it by following some simple steps.
Step #1: Go to Settings → Notifications → Facebook and then toggle the Allow Sound switch OFF.
You can employ this method on other apps like, Gallery, Instagram, Hangout, Camera, Contacts, Amazon Kindle, and more apps.
How to Stop Head Up Notifications in WhatsApp
WhatsApp is undoubtedly the most used messaging apps across the world; if you don’t want to view those persistent notifications on your Oreo device, you can disable them from Settings → Notifications → WhatsApp and then toggle the switch “Silent Notification” OFF.
How to Turn off Peeking Notifications on Twitter in Android Oreo
Launch Settings → Notifications → Twitter.
You can see a few options like Direct Messages, Emergency alerts, Followers and contacts and more.
Simply turn off each that interrupts you while you are using your Android Oreo phone.
That’s all friends!
You can apply the same steps (as mentioned above) on other apps to turn off notification peeking on your Android device running Oreo.
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