I use a Samsung Galaxy 7. OS is Nougat.

Previously notifications used to be small texts in notifications area.

Now I get an annoying small popup window for every app upon notification.

Any ideas how to stop this?

  • If you are describing what I think you are, swiping either up, left, or right on the pop-up will clear it. – ifconfig Jul 28 '17 at 15:02
  • I have no issue clearing it. I just want to know if I can totally stop the popup behavior of the notifications. – S Nash Jul 28 '17 at 15:11
  • I'm so fed of this behavior that I'm thinking to root my phone if that helps. – S Nash Jul 28 '17 at 15:12
  • can someone with the same OS, or phone please let me know if the similar issue exists for you or not? – S Nash Jul 28 '17 at 18:01

I think you're referring to Heads-Up notifications (those notifications which pop up on the top of your phone's screen).

The following methods have shown to completely disable them for all applications while maintaining regular notifications in the status bar. All of these methods are free. Some require a rooted device and some don't.

Non rooted devices

  1. ADB method

    • Firstly install minimum ADB/Fastboot setup. You can find more instructions here: New To Adb And Fastboot Guide.
    • After enabling USB debugging, connect usb cable from device to computer.
    • Open command prompt (right click + shift) and enter the commands:

    adb devices

Check if your device is listed in output, then proceed

adb shell settings put global heads_up_notifications_enabled 0
  • reboot device and thats it!

Rooted devices

  1. Using terminal

    • Install Terminal for Android.

    • Open the application. Use the following commands:


    (The indicator should change from "$" to "#"). Next enter

    settings put global heads_up_notifications_enabled 0

  2. Using heads app switcher app

    • One XDA developer has generously shared thier 50 lines of code embedded in this app to switch on/off Heads-Up notifications from quick settings for Android N

    • Root required. Reboot not required

    • Download here


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  • Sounds very promising. I will try when I get home. – S Nash Jul 31 '17 at 12:50

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