Your phone has a powerful ability to interrupt you, any time day or night. Notifications are useful when you need them, but constant spam can wear you out and dull your senses to genuinely important information.
Android has long allowed you to organize and handle alerts as they come in. Most apps have their own settings that let you tweak or customize what you get notified about and how often, but before Android 9.0 Pie, there was no central place to adjust these settings. Now, Pie’s new system for managing notifications allows each app to identify different categories of notifications.
For example, Facebook can distinguish between notifications about birthdays, comments on your posts, or events you have coming up. You can then enable or disable these on a per-category basis. Here’s how to tweak each app’s notifications, and manage the flood of alerts you get every day.