Notifications can often be one of the most annoying aspects of using mobile devices, but there are plenty of ways to wrangle notifications into submission on the Nexus 6. Check out how:


Managing Notifications

You will see notifications in two places on your Nexus 6; in the notification drawer (and a corresponding icon in the status bar) that’s accessible by dragging down from the status bar, and on your lock screen. You can double tap on any notification to take you to whatever app the notification is from, and swiping the notification either to the left or the right will dismiss it both in the notification drawer and from the lock screen.

Some notifications give you additional options as well. For example; after saving media or taking screenshots, you are given the option to share it directly from the notification.


Changing Notification Settings

There are a number of ways to change what notifications you get and how you get them.

Each app has at least two settings specific to the notifications it sends: Block Notifications, and Set as priority. You can access these settings by opening the Settings app, tapping on Sounds and Notifications, then App Notifications. Tap on any app to access and change either settings. Block notifications will prevent the app from sending you any notifications, and Set as priority pins the notifications from that app to the top of the list of notifications on the lock screen and notification drawer.

The behavior of notifications on the lock screen can also be adjusted. In the Sound & Notification menu, tap on the When device is locked to choose between Show all notification content or Don’t show notifications at all.

Although some apps use a specific tone for their notifications, general notifications use the same default tone. You can change the default notification tone in the Sound & notification menu by tapping Default notification ringtone, selecting from one of the tones available, then tapping OK.