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I recently upgraded to a Samsung Galaxy S9 with Android 9 Pie installed. It has an annoying feature, each time I e.g. get a message via Telegram, a pop-up window appears over any other application I am currently using on top of the screen:

screenshot of an annoying telegram popup notification on the BBC news app

I want to disable that for all apps. I found this reddit answer:

When you're in notification settings for an app, there's the label for the notification channel and the checkbox next to it. Checking the checkbox enables/disables notifications entirely. Tapping the label, as unintuitive as it is, brings you to the advanced settings where you can disable pop up/sound/vibrations.

If I go to e.g. Settings>Notifications>Telegram, I can tap each single chat and disable pop-ups. This is tedious, surely there is a global option to turn this invasive feature off?

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  • On a regular Android device you can configure notification in Settings -> Apps and Notifications -> scoll down and disable notifications every listed app. But as you are on a Samsung device this may be a bit different as Samsung does not want it make it users that easy...
    – Robert
    Jan 28, 2020 at 19:08
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  • @AndrewT. Thanks. So it seems in 5.0 you need an app do disable these notifications, and in 8.0 you need a command line tool but then the setting is gone once you restart the phone. In the words of AVGN, what were they thinking?
    – smcs
    Jan 29, 2020 at 9:35

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Yes there is!

  1. Set-up adb. Use THIS for reference
  2. Enter adb devices and make sure your device is there
  3. Enter adb shell settings put global heads_up_notifications_enabled 0 And you're done!

If you want to enable it again then just replace the command in step 3 with adb shell settings put global heads_up_notifications_enabled 1

Simple as that!

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    This is the best answer for disabling it for all apps. I don't want to go through the settings for all apps... Thanks! Oct 4, 2021 at 20:45
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My S9+ is running Androud 10 UI2 and Telegram 6.0.1
I had the same issue which I finally solved. I went all through the app settings, then i tried android-apps-telegram settings with no luck. I finally looked in android-settings-notifications and down at the bottom it says "looking for something else?" Click on the Smart pop-up view option and shut telegram off.

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  • Awesome, they actually listened to the users apparently! For Android 9 I ended up solving it with the Android Debug Bridge as linked to in the comment by @Andrew T.
    – smcs
    Apr 6, 2020 at 15:44
  • My S9 is running Android 10 by now and this does not work.
    – smcs
    Sep 8, 2020 at 8:52
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The in-app solution for Telegram 7.1.3 on Android 10:

Menu -> Settings -> Notifications and Sounds -> Private chats (or Groups or Channels) -> set Importance from Urgent to High

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