I've been using my Nexus 5X for about a week now, but this morning was the first time I noticed the following notification:

Persistent Camera-app notification

Backstory: I snapped a few photos this morning (w/ default camera app). Looking at their meta data, they were taken at the exact time it shows in the notification. These are not the first photos I've taken with this phone. I don't remember the notification popping up immediately, but I did put away my phone right after taking those photos. Based on the timestamp, I may have simply missed it. I didn't notice the notification until after arriving at the office (roughly 1h 15m later).

Tapping on the notification shows the familiar ripple effect, but nothing happens. It's also persistent: I cannot dismiss it by swiping it.

The notification appears to display some sort of progress, but whatever it was processing, it no longer is. It's about 10am now, and it's still 'stuck' at the same place. The ellipsis seems to suggest that there could be text below the progress bar, but not sure what it would display.

So, does anyone know what this notification's purpose is? And what exactly got stuck while being processed? As a bonus, I'd like to know how to 'continue' whatever got stuck. If continuing isn't an option, then a way to dismiss it without rebooting the phone will also do. I've already tried killing the Camera app, with no result.

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    Go to Settings -> Apps -> All apps -> your camera app -> uncheck Show notifications -> agree -> check Show notifications. That should remove any notification of the app. (The method is not tested on Android M but works for Android L and below.)
    – Firelord
    Dec 3, 2015 at 9:17
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    @Firelord: On Marshmallow it's just a toggle button called "Block all" (and you don't have to agree to anything first). Enabling and disabling it indeed got rid of the notification. I'd still like to know what it's about though. Thanks so far. :)
    – MH.
    Dec 3, 2015 at 9:25
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    Good to hear that. As per the answer here, OS simply hides the notification for the app. Technically, your app will continue to push the notifications as usual but OS won't show them to you. As for the cause of the notification, are you using Google Camera app? More specifically, did you use lens blur feature before putting away the phone?
    – Firelord
    Dec 3, 2015 at 9:34
  • I was going to ask the same question. I just hope the photos aren't syncing with any Google Cloud services. Dec 28, 2015 at 16:26
  • @RaymondChenon: Unfortunately l haven't gotten any closer to solving this mystery. The main reason for this is that I haven't seen this notification anymore since posting this. As far as I can tell, I don't seem to be missing any photos (either on my phone or on my synced Google Photos).
    – MH.
    Dec 28, 2015 at 16:32

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Android M (nexus 5, 6.0.1, security patch 1 juin 2016):

long press the notification, click the (i) button. turn on "block all", then turn off "block all".

This will dismiss the persistent notification.

thanks @Firelord.

ps: I cannot comment or vote on this SE, so I posted an answer.

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