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Android system notification won’t go away? Here’s what to do

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When it comes to third-party apps, many of them rely on permanent notifications to prevent Android from closing them while working in the background. And that’s understandable. But that’s shouldn’t be the case for System UI notifications. And some users report that a certain annoying Android system notification won’t go away.

Permanent System UI notifications usually appear with critical information like Low Battery, Low Storage, no SIM, etc. But they can be dismissed or addressed. If that’s not the case for some reason, check the explanation we provided below.

How to turn off Android System notifications?

The first thing you should do in case you can’t dismiss a certain System UI notification from the notification shade is just restart your device.

If that doesn’t help, you can try disabling that particular notification. This is not a solution but rather a workaround considering this will turn off System UI notifications in that category.

Most critical notifications can’t be disabled, but all can be put to silent. So, you can at least hide just a certain category from the status bar. Still, you can try hiding notifications from the notification shade.

If you are not sure how to disable notifications on your Android, follow the steps below:

  1. Slide right on the notification in the notification shade.
  2. Tap on the Cog icon.
  3. Toggle off notification categories you don’t want to see.
  4. To re-enable notifications, navigate to Settings > Apps > All apps > 3-dot menu > Show system processes. Just open System UI from the list of all apps and choose Notifications.

If the toggle-off option is grayed out, you can open All Categories, tap on the notification category that won’t go away, and select Silent (or Importance > Low). This will hide the notification from the Status bar. However, you’ll still see the notification in the Notification shade, in the Silent category at the bottom.

Of course, we suggest keeping your device up to date since there are reports about bugs causing the permanent notification. Some users suggest that wiping cache partition helps but we tried it and didn’t see any changes.

That should do it. Thank you for reading and feel free to share your thoughts, questions, or suggestions with us in the comments section below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in October 2021. We made sure to revamp it for freshness and accuracy.

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Aleksandar Ognjanovic

Managing editor at Mobile Internist. @lemmingspain My fascination with mobile technology, particularly Android and iOS, began years ago and continues today. I'm captivated by the constant evolution in the smartphone industry and its impact on our daily lives, always anticipating the next big innovation. That’s the main reason why I found myself writing instructive content on the subject for users who are not as familiar with all the bells and whistles.
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