How to Block Marketing Offers and Notifications on Your Android Phone
Tired of your apps showing notifications for marketing offers and other deals you’re not interested in? You can turn them off on Android.
If you’re like most people, you probably receive at least a couple dozen notifications on your phone each day. A rather annoying fraction of these notifications are marketing offers and promotions sent by various apps such as shopping apps, social media apps, delivery apps, payment apps, and more.
Let’s take a look at how to stop apps on your phone from sending you marketing offers without turning off their app notifications entirely. This way, you can filter out what kind of notifications you want to see and still keep check of the updates important to you.
How to Stop Apps From Sending Marketing Notifications
There’s not a single standardized button that you can press to stop receiving marketing notifications on your phone (we wish it was that easy). Instead, you have to go to each app’s info page and turn off specific types of notifications from there.
We’re using a Samsung phone; the menus may be slightly different on other devices but the steps will be roughly the same. Here’s what you need to do:
- Go to Settings > Apps and select an app you receive a lot of marketing notifications from.
- On the app info page, tap Notifications > Notification categories and unselect all the categories that are not useful to you.
Note that every app names its categories differently and there’s no common naming scheme to make this process easier. So you’ll have to repeat this process for every app that you want to turn off marketing notifications for.
On the Google Play Store, you can turn off Payments, Deals, and Recommendations. On Instagram, you can turn off Product announcements and Shopping drops. Luckily, we have a trick that can make this process a bit faster.
How to Spot Apps Sending Marketing Offers With the Notification History
To see which apps send you the most notifications (and about what), you can scan through your phone’s notification history. This way, you can spot the apps that send you marketing notifications on a regular basis.
To do this, go to Settings > Notifications > Advanced settings > Notification history and check which apps send the most notifications and of what kind. Make a list of the apps that send the most marketing promotions and turn off the relevant notification categories from the app settings.
Alternatively, you can try these fixes if you can’t see any notifications on your Android device. And if you’re receiving notifications from apps you don’t even use anymore, you should probably delete these apps from your phone altogether.
Avoid Marketing Notifications on Your Android Phone
Notifications can be disrupting, but you know that some of them are important so can’t turn them off completely. Luckily, with notification categories, you can pick and choose what kinds of notifications you actually want to see.
If you’re like us and instinctively swipe away marketing notifications at first glance, consider turning them off from the settings so you don’t have to bother swiping them away every time.