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I have a buggy app installed in my phone, which sometimes creates permanent download progress notification with animated icon but fails to remove it from notification bar by its own.

I tried to remove the notification manually (swipe it off) but it is sticky and can't be removed. I tried "clear" option in notification bar, but again no success and it is still there! I even stopped that app which created the notification, but no change.

The only option that I have to remove such sticky and buggy notifications is to restart the device, which is very unpleasant.

Which app, hack, command, gesture, etc... I can use to remove that sticky notification?

*My device is Sony Xperia S running ICS 4.0.4 stock ROM (rooted)

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This may not directly answer your question but you could use a status bar replacement like Omega Statusbar ( – silent_cookie Nov 14 '12 at 17:21

If you're using Jelly Bean, then in manage apps, you can turn off notifications for the specific app. Keep in mind, this will turn off all notifications for the app.

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Nice hint, but I don't have that "show notifications" checkbox in my device. Maybe your screenshot is from Jelly Bean?! BTW, I want all notifications from that buggy app to be shown, but also be removable by myself. – yrajabi Sep 28 '12 at 21:11
oh, maybe that is a Jelly Bean feature. sorry. – Ryan Conrad Sep 28 '12 at 21:14
Turning off and back on will do the trick. No need to turn the notifications off permanently. – Sufian Mar 4 '15 at 13:16

I have the same problem... You should go to settings, apps, all, find there download manager and clear all data there. It helps in my case. Good luck :-)

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If you can't remove any buggy notification from notification bar, then do this

Goto Settings-->Applications-->(click on App which created that notification)-->force close.

then Reopen that Application.

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Are you by chance addressing Bazaar?
If that's the case you can simply go the application specific page and hit the cancel button. This should remove the notification.

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Yes, exactly! But I can't hit cancel because the app download completed and installed, but notification remained on 17% and didn't vanish. Finally, I removed it by starting download for another app from Bazaar! BTW, I would like to know a more general solution for such buggy apps. – yrajabi Sep 29 '12 at 13:36
I don't think there is anything we can do except notify the app makers to fix it. – Hamed Momeni Sep 30 '12 at 10:55

Go to;

  • Setting-> Apps -> All Apps -> Download Manager
  • Select download manager
  • Clear Cache and data.

Notification of sticky downloads will be removed. I've tested this on a Sony Xperia J with Android version 4.0

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As already answered by nikola, you should go to Settings->Apps->All. Select the Download Manager in the app list, and then press Clear all data.

You may have to restart the mobile after this is done.

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