I was used to shrinking and enlarging notifications for more buttons in former android version - Kitkat. Now with Lollipop I am unsure how to execute this. I want to shrink notificaitons with buttons if I do not want to use them (i used to be able to do it).

Formerly I did it by holding notification for a sec and then pulling it down to enlarge or up to shrink. It seems like it works down to enlarge but I cannot shrink. Is there a different way to do it? Or does Android decide when to make it large or small (if yes that is a sad thing)

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You can shrink a notification by pinching in horizontally on the notification. Likewise, you can expand one by pinching out horizontally. You can see this in my beautifully-drawn diagram:


EDIT: You can also swipe up/down using two fingers instead of one. Thanks to eldarerathis for this addition.

  • Wow this actually works, thanks! And wow that it just the most stupid non intuitive way to do it. What a bad design decision. Thanks again though
    – Ev0oD
    Commented Dec 11, 2014 at 1:45
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    It is definitely not the smartest way to design it, especially since the old gesture was so much more convenient.
    – LyricWulf
    Commented Dec 11, 2014 at 1:47
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    Or swipe up/down using two fingers instead of one. Commented Dec 11, 2014 at 2:34
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    I can swipe up and down with one finger, and 2 always worked on KK and works for me on Lollipop now too!
    – RossC
    Commented Dec 11, 2014 at 13:45

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