How to disable Android Lollipop pop-up notifications

2015/08/07

Although there have been some great additions in the recent Android Lollipop updates, the new ‘heads-up’ notification style has proven to be a bit controversial. So if you find yourself cursing those incessant interruptions or mourning the loss of the ticker-box notifications, here's how you can disable Android Lollipop notifications.

Notifications now appear as floating messages at the top of your screen right on top of whatever it is you're looking at, instead of popping up in the status bar. There are lots of users out there that enjoy this immediate way of viewing alerts, but if it's not for you there is a way to stop it.

How to disable Android Lollipop pop-up notifications

HeadsOff is an app that disables those pesky heads-up notifications. And the new version of the free app allows you to bring back that much-loved Kit-Kat style ticker-text without paying for the Pro version.

The paid version includes a few other customisations that are worth a look too, like hiding notifications with one tap, adjusting the scroll speed and choosing the apps you want to disable heads-up notifications from individually. There's also an option to change the background color if you're into that sort of thing.

How to disable Android Lollipop pop-up notifications

Once you’ve downloaded the HeadsOff app, you can ‘Start the app’ in the top left corner. A notification access list will appear and you’ll need to check the box next to HeadsOff and press OK.

To see notifications like you used to, go to ‘Settings’ and select ‘Show ticker text’. There is a ‘Test’ function that lets you see what the notifications will look like before you change anything.

The app is designed for Android 5.0 and up. If you're having trouble getting the app to work, you can always try turning on ‘Custom ticker text’ found in ‘Settings’.

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