I am running Viber on Jelly Bean 4.2.2 and when there is an update, Google Play will notify me once. But once a day until I update the app Viber itself puts an icon in my notification top bar. How do I stop this?

I dont want to stop knowing about updates from play, nor do I want to buy or install other apps to take care of this issue. There should be a solution within either jelly bean or viber itself.

  • Why not update the app, in this case, Viber? :) Usually its best to get them updated in order to fix a glitch or an improvement to the app. Think about this - Windows notifies you to update the system, you oblige! But not with Android apps - why?
    – t0mm13b
    Feb 20, 2013 at 18:06
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    @t0mm13b I don't update sometimes because the update makes the app worse, for example Astro File Browser, I don't like the new layout so won't update it.
    – Peanut
    Feb 20, 2013 at 18:18
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    Similar question
    – wbogacz
    Feb 20, 2013 at 18:20
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    Make that not a duplicate bold uppercase :) I placed that comment to keep others from thinking it's a duplicate, and hence this question would be closed (yepp, there were already votes on that). Full ack that it is related, however.
    – Izzy
    Feb 21, 2013 at 7:29
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    I added a para to the question to indicate how the other question doesnt help? Peanuts answer was what I was looking for. I may decide to update when I want, but being emotionally coerced to upgrade bec of annoying messages is not the way forward. I also find on some viber installs I need to reverify and all that. Sometimes just cant be bothered. Thanks everyone
    – Jon
    Feb 22, 2013 at 8:11

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From DigitalTrends, when an offending notification pops up, simply long press on it and App Info will pop up. Tap on that and you’ll be taken straight to the app management screen where you can uncheck the Show notifications box and stop notifications appearing. You can also get to the app management screen by going to Settings -> Apps and selecting the app from there.

Unchecking the show notifications box does mean that all notifications from that app will be turned off though. As the warning states:

If you turn off notifications for this app, you may miss important alerts and updates.

  • It is Google Play that is sending notification for OP here. If he does as you have suggested he won't get notification for any other app.
    – roxan
    Feb 21, 2013 at 4:25
  • @roxan No it's not, read the question again and the comments on it. "But once a day until I update the app Viber itself puts an icon in my notification top bar." Viber is putting the notification there. I'm aware this isn't a great solution as it also stops other notifications from Viber but it was all I could think of.
    – Peanut
    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:08
  • I guess you're right. Still this will prevent Viber notification as you've mentioned in your answer.
    – roxan
    Feb 21, 2013 at 10:28
  • excellent - exactly what I was looking for - thanks. Re the other comments - This is the only notification viber sends me. I get the update notification from PLay. Maybe I wont know if calls are coming in but thats a fight for another day!
    – Jon
    Feb 22, 2013 at 8:02
  • Also the answer was Jelly bean related, not viber related, yet my jelly bean tag was edited out!!??
    – Jon
    Feb 22, 2013 at 8:14

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