Android Oreo tips and tricks
You might not exactly know, but with Oreo, you possess the possibility to postpone notifications. Exactly what does that mean? This means that you can momentarily delete a notification that at the moment annoys you and then make it reappear at another time so as not to forget it. A more useful function than you think!
To postpone a warning, simply swipe the notification aside but not completely. About 50 % way should do it. A little clock can look which, if tapped, will make you identify when to review the message.
Disable Notification Dots
Notification dots are a novelty of Google android Oreo, but what exactly are they? They are really nothing more than those shaded dots that you can view the symbols of your apps when you obtain notifications.
The dots are there to point out to you-you have an inbound notification from that particular application, which you can access from the smartphone’s notification area or maintain the icon.
For a few users these stickers may be frustrating, but here’s how to disable them:
- Press and hold a blank point on your Home screen.
- Click Home Settings.
- Select the item Notification indicators.
- Deactivate the switch under Allow notification dots.
A straightforward and effective solution to eliminate those awful badges above the icons of your apps.
Long-term notifications of App behavior
“App X showed other apps” and “App Y is consuming battery in the background”
That is one of the most useful but at the same time most hated functions of Android Oreo. When an application shows overlay content, we will see a permanent, non-deletable notification (e. g. Messenger displayed over other apps). And it is not the sole annoying notification.
To assist you to conserve valuable battery power, Google has made a decision to introduce a caution about applications that take in too much electricity in the background (e. g. Spotify is consuming battery in the background).
The problem is that many times these apps are supposed to work in this way, such as Messenger and the Chat Heads and Spotify, which allows us to listen to music while we multitask on the phone. If you want to get rid of these notifications forever, the way is as follows:
- Open the Settings.
- Select Apps and Notifications.
- Click on Show all apps.
- In the menu at the top right (the three dots) select Show system.
- Now in the list, search for the item Android System and select it.
- Enter the heading App notifications.
- Here you’ll see a lot of options that can be turned on and off but don’t be scared.
- For applications such as Facebook Messenger, you’ll see dedicated switches to hide notification for each app.
- For applications that consume battery in the background, there is no such distinction and we can only hide all warnings or show them all.
To stop a battery-consuming application directly, just scroll through the list and discover the App item that consumes the power and disables it.
Free up space with just a few taps
Android Oreo comes with an interesting function which allows you to release the internal storage area in just a few easy steps. This function is available on all smartphones with Android os stock (Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel C) and also on Sony devices. On Huawei and Samsung smartphones equipped with Oreo, manufacturers have decided to rely on their own ram cleaning systems, therefore the steps vary from those I have listed.
- First, the system allows you to check how many apps or contents occupy your memory by categories.
- By going to Settings and selecting Storage space, you can access the list. By selecting each category you will be presented the applications related to the category and the various files with their size.
- You will then be able to decide whether it is worthwhile to get rid of some apps that you don’t use a lot and that weigh down the available memory.
- At the top of the list, you will also find a button called Free Space.
- Tapping the button will show us a list of items we can delete to free space from memory.
- In my example, in the list, I find some files in the Downloads folder, a list of less used applications and the item Backup photos and videos.
- The latter just controls the multimedia content saved on Google Photos and suggests you delete it from your smartphone as you can access it by opening the app and accessing the cloud.