How to Stop The Notification Overload

Many students have been drowning in notifications. These may be from Gmail, Canvas, Google Classroom, or any apps that teachers may use in their classroom. You may be wondering why this overload in notifications happens.

IT teacher Melissa Perrin-Smith has an answer.

“These apps are automatically set so that you get these notifications, so you get all these notifications, ” said Perrin-Smith.

Since these apps are automatically set to make you receive these notifications, you end up suffering from all the notifications that you get. Catalina Luna shared her experience with this endless abyss of notifications.

“It’s a bit irritating because they’re for my dad, it’s like… I get them constantly [and] I want the notifications to stop, but I don’t want to mess up the settings and all that,” said Luna.

What is the average amount of notifications, you should be getting? Well, the average notifications you should be getting a day is totally dependent on what you need. If you only need notifications from one class, then you should only getting 1-2 notifications a day. If you have 2 classes you need notifications from, then you should probably get 3-4 a day and so on.

So the question is, how you are supposed to stop this vast ocean of notifications? The answer is simple.

Here are some easy steps to take in order to lower the number of notifications

Open the app that is giving you trouble.

  1. Click the settings button usually marked by a gear icon.
  2. Look for notification settings within that app and un-check or slide the options you don’t want
  3. Do this on other apps causing your notification troubles.

What if an app doesn’t have notification settings? In this case, you can disable the notifications straight from your phone.

Android:

  1. Go to your phone’s settings
  2. Search, using the search icon at the top, for “app notifications”
  3. Tap that option and go into app notifications
  4. Scroll through the list of apps for the one you would like to turn notifications off for
  5. Tap that app within the settings
  6. Tap the option labeled “block all.” This will block all the notifications given by that app.

iPhone:

  1. Go to settings that has a gear icon.
  2. Scroll until you see notifications
  3. Click on the app you want to disable notifications for
  4. Don’t allow notifications

As for those pesky spam calls, the government has a “do not call” list you can sign up for, simply navigate to donotcall.gov and fill out the information. It doesn’t stop all calls, but the FTC’s website states, “If a company is ignoring the Registry, there’s a good chance that it’s a scam. If you get these calls, hang up and file a complaint with the FTC.”

Now, hopefully the notification monster leaves you alone so that you enjoy yourself. We know these tips will help you get away from all the stress of spam calls and notifications.