I have a Nokia 3 with stock Android installed, not rooted. Whenever the phone receives a notification, the screen turns on. I wish to change this, mostly because it drains the battery and causes me to activate the camera in my pocket.

In fact, I would appreciate if the screen only turns on when I press the power button.

Edit As was said in the comments, the Nokia comes with Android 7 (Nougat) installed.

What I have tried so far

  • Just for the record, I did browse through the settings of the phone looking for an obvious choice, and could not find any way to turn it off.
  • I have tried every possible setting for lockscreen notifications to no avail.
  • There is no Ambient display option in the Display section of my settings.
  • There is a screensaver option there, but whether it is on or off makes no difference.
  • After reading this, I tried using another text message application than the default. That also did not help.

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I Googled around and am afraid this is the default setting for Android 7. People from all over the Internet are complaining about this. You can't simply turn it off.

However I found this trick working by entering Do Not Disturb mode. In Settings -> (Modes) -> DND there's a switch named Block visual disturbances. Turning it on and putting your phone into DND mode should work. As a side-effect, some other things are also changed in DND mode.

  • Frustrating, but I was soberly expecting this. I had hoped I had missed something. I will try both the DnD approach and also the macdroid autmation suggestion of yours from the comments and see what makes me least unhappy. Aug 4, 2017 at 10:10
  • This sounds like the Ambient Display feature. Are you certain that it cannot be disabled?
    – Grimoire
    Aug 4, 2017 at 10:55
  • @DeathMaskSalesman It can be disabled when compiling the ROM, which is OT here. As far as I've found on Google there isn't a user option to disable it. Custom ROMs may provide one but that highly depends.
    – iBug
    Aug 4, 2017 at 13:34
  • @iBug That's the catch. While LineageOS 14.1 allows to disable the setting, I was unsure about other Nougat flavors.
    – Grimoire
    Aug 4, 2017 at 13:42
  • @DeathMaskSalesman OnePlus 5 with stock OOS. No option available.
    – iBug
    Aug 4, 2017 at 13:43

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