Use no­ti­fi­ca­tion dots in An­droid Oreo

An­droid Oreo is here and one of the most ob­vi­ous new fea­tures is no­ti­fi­ca­tion dots. HENRY BUR­RELL ex­plains how to use them

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Now that An­droid Oreo is of­fi­cial on Google’s Pixel and Nexus de­vices, we’ve been able to play around with some of the new fea­tures. You may have also done this, or got a Pixel or Nexus that you’ve just down­loaded the up­date to. Some things have changed from Nougat, though it’s more of a sub­tle up­date to pro­ceed­ings than we’ve come to ex­pect from Google.

Apps now come adorned with no­ti­fi­ca­tion dots. If you’ve got a no­ti­fi­ca­tion but haven’t at­tended to it yet, a small dot will ap­pear on the app icon whether they are on your home screen or in the app tray (see above). You can ,of course, tap the app icon as nor­mal to go into the app and deal with the no­ti­fi­ca­tion from there, but the dot im­plies you can now long-press the icon to re­veal a menu of op­tions. Do­ing so looks like this (see right).

Once long pressed, you can see that in this case there are nine Twit­ter

no­ti­fi­ca­tions, and a preview of the most re­cent one. As Twit­ter in this in­stance al­ready of­fers long-press op­tions, those are dis­played above, al­low­ing you to Search to start a New Tweet.

Un­like the iPhone’s 3D Touch, you don’t keep your fin­ger pressed down to swipe and se­lect. You long press, the menu pops up, then you have to let go be­fore tap­ping again on what you want. Keep­ing your thumb held down is nec­es­sary if in­stead you want to move the app icon around the home screen.

You can tap the no­ti­fi­ca­tion to view, or swipe to dis­miss. This also dis­misses the no­ti­fi­ca­tion from the shade and from the app it­self.

If there are no long-press op­tions be­sides no­ti­fi­ca­tions on cer­tain apps, you will see sim­ply

an op­tion to tap to see app info, and some­times op­tions to put wid­gets onto the home screen (see the screen­shot on page 77).

Cus­tom­ize or turn off no­ti­fi­ca­tion dots

You can ei­ther have all dots on for all apps, or you can gran­u­larly (and painstak­ingly) turn them on or off for the apps that you want.

If you want to turn off the no­ti­fi­ca­tion dots al­to­gether, on a Google Pixel, tap Set­tings > Apps and no­ti­fi­ca­tions > No­ti­fi­ca­tions, then tog­gle off Al­low no­ti­fi­ca­tion dots.

If you want to turn off dots for one spe­cific app, tap Set­tings > Apps and no­ti­fi­ca­tions > App info, then tap the app > App no­ti­fi­ca­tion, then tog­gle off Al­low no­ti­fi­ca­tion dot.

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