Android Advisor

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


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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