On my Samsung Note 3 running stock Android 4.4.2 I got the following message in the pull-down notification center:

You watched FooBar. Here's another video you might like.

I didn't click the notification, but it has a black-and-white Youtube icon in the lower right corner. How do I disable this intrusive advertising in the notification center? Is this part of the stock Youtube application? I've never seen this before, but it may be part of a recent update.

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    1) Are you comfortable in blocking all ads? You can use an ad blocker then. 2) Can you post a screenshot of that notification you said? If it is indeed a notification then you can see which app it belongs to. Hold that notification and go to App Info. You'll see the app details. You can uncheck "Show notification" and you won't be bothered again this way. Side-effect: you would never receive any notification from that app until you check "Show notification" again.
    – Firelord
    Commented Aug 9, 2015 at 19:19
  • @Firelord: Thank you, you have confirmed my suspicion that it is the official Youtube app causing the issue. You might as well turn that comment into an answer, as it answers both the question asked and my underlying concern. Thanks!
    – dotancohen
    Commented Aug 9, 2015 at 19:49

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I've never been bothered by an advertisement since ages because of my ruthless choice of using a full-fledged ad blocker like AdAway. You may try it if the device is rooted, or try for non-rooted devices.

Let's come to the issue. If that advertisement is indeed a notification, then you can tap and hold that notification → App info, and you would be shown the app's info which generated that notification. If the app's notifications or toasts are not important to you, uncheck Show notifications and you won't be bothered again by the app through notification or toasts. This also implies that you would receive no notification at all from that app. It's take it or leave it approach. Check Show notification by going into Settings → Apps → and things would come back to where they previously were.

For Android 4.2.1 and 4.4.2:

(Click image to enlarge; hover to know details)

IMG: Notification IMG: App's info IMG: No notification

For Android 5.0.2:

IMG: Notification IMG: App notifications page

An alternate way to find out which app owns the current notification is to issue the command (after setting up of course) :-

adb shell dumpsys notification

(Android 4.2.1 needs root access for dumpsys.)

It will give detailed output for each of the current notification. Under each record, look for entries like pkg= or contentIntent=. You can see the package name of the app. See the corresponding app name using App Browser (Lollipop already shows package name below an app name in Settings → Apps).



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