How to quickly identify which Android app is behind a notification, and manage app-specific notifications

It won't be a stretch to say that not every smartphone user is tech savvy, especially when it comes to apps. For example, the other day, a family friend asked me if I could tell the name of the app that was triggering some unwanted notifications on their Android device? Or whether there's an easy way to silent notifications for that particular app?

Usually, notification cards do have the app's name on them. However, that's not always the case. Notification-related settings for apps, on the other hand, are there in the Settings menu, but again, the process of getting there isn't a cake walk for less tech savvy people, or first time smartphone users.

So, in this tutorial, I'll discuss how you can perform these two task easily. Please note that the instructions presented henceforth have been tested on a Nexus 5 device running Android Marshmallow.

Quickly manage Android notifications and identify apps behind them

Identifying which app is behind a particular notification is a very easy task - all you have to do is to long press that particular notification card.

For example, here's a notification:

Android App notification

And here's what happens when you long press this notification:

Press on notification

So you can see, the name of the app appears along with its logo on the left.

Now, coming to the notification management part, all you have to do is to press the circular icon with 'i' in it. This will produce a window with the following options:

Notification options

As you can see, here you have all the notification-related preferences for this particular app. From here, you can even launch the general settings for the app.

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