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I have a buggy app installed in my phone, which sometimes creates permanent download progress notification with animated icon but fails to remove it from notification bar by its own.

I tried to remove the notification manually (swipe it off) but it is sticky and can't be removed. I tried "clear" option in notification bar, but again no success and it is still there! I even stopped that app which created the notification, but no change.

The only option that I have to remove such sticky and buggy notifications is to restart the device, which is very unpleasant.

Which app, hack, command, gesture, etc... I can use to remove that sticky notification?

*My device is Sony Xperia S running ICS 4.0.4 stock ROM (rooted)

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  • This may not directly answer your question but you could use a status bar replacement like Omega Statusbar (forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1825283)
    – minicookie
    Nov 14, 2012 at 17:21
  • Contact the app developer. If they don't reply, leave a review on the Google Play store. If they still don't respond, replace the buggy app or upgrade to a newer Android version. Some non-stock ROM may be available for your device, such as CyanogenMod, which is based on a newer Android version. Aug 21, 2016 at 16:54

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If you're using Jelly Bean, then in manage apps, you can turn off notifications for the specific app. Keep in mind, this will turn off all notifications for the app.

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    Nice hint, but I don't have that "show notifications" checkbox in my device. Maybe your screenshot is from Jelly Bean?! BTW, I want all notifications from that buggy app to be shown, but also be removable by myself.
    – yrajabi
    Sep 28, 2012 at 21:11
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    oh, maybe that is a Jelly Bean feature. sorry. Sep 28, 2012 at 21:14
  • Turning off and back on will do the trick. No need to turn the notifications off permanently.
    – Sufian
    Mar 4, 2015 at 13:16
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I have the same problem... You should go to settings, apps, all, find there download manager and clear all data there. It helps in my case. Good luck :-)

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  • Note that the "Clear data" button performs an irreversible action. Once you clear the data, there is no way to get it back. In the case of a download manager, though, it's probably fine; the data is probably unimportant. Aug 21, 2016 at 16:51
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If you can't remove any buggy notification from notification bar, then do this

Goto Settings-->Applications-->(click on App which created that notification)-->force close.

then Reopen that Application.

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Go to;

  • Setting-> Apps -> All Apps -> Download Manager
  • Select download manager
  • Clear Cache and data.

Notification of sticky downloads will be removed. I've tested this on a Sony Xperia J with Android version 4.0

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  • Note that the "Clear data" button performs an irreversible action. Once you clear the data, there is no way to get it back. In the case of a download manager, though, it's probably fine; the data is probably unimportant. Aug 21, 2016 at 16:52
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Are you by chance addressing Bazaar?
If that's the case you can simply go the application specific page and hit the cancel button. This should remove the notification.

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  • Yes, exactly! But I can't hit cancel because the app download completed and installed, but notification remained on 17% and didn't vanish. Finally, I removed it by starting download for another app from Bazaar! BTW, I would like to know a more general solution for such buggy apps.
    – yrajabi
    Sep 29, 2012 at 13:36
  • I don't think there is anything we can do except notify the app makers to fix it.
    – 2hamed
    Sep 30, 2012 at 10:55
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As already answered by nikola, you should go to Settings->Apps->All. Select the Download Manager in the app list, and then press Clear all data.

You may have to restart the mobile after this is done.

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  • Note that the "Clear data" button performs an irreversible action. Once you clear the data, there is no way to get it back. In the case of a download manager, though, it's probably fine; the data is probably unimportant. Aug 21, 2016 at 16:51

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