How to use Android Lollipop’s notification and interruption?

I. What is the new Android Lollipop’s notification and interruption system?

Android Lollipop’s notification and interruption system treats all notifications and alert as interruptions. You can control when and how you receive notifications and alerts so that  you will get interrupted only when you want to be.

  • Choose from 3 modes: all, none and priority.
  • View and respond to messages directly from your lock screen.
  • Hide sensitive content in notifications.
  • Prioritize notifications from apps.
  • Rank notifications based on who they’re from and the type of communication.
  • Stop interruption of incoming calls.
  • Setup and use downtime.
  • Hide sensitive notifications from lock screen.
  • and more…

When pressing the volume button (volume up or down), you can quickly switch among the 3 modes in Android Lollipop’s notification and interruption system.

In All mode, as suggested by the name, you turn on all notification and alerts in your device.  In other words, you will get notifications and alerts  from the system and all apps except those that you turned off notifications explicitly.

Downtime settings will also overwrite this All mode.

In Android Lollipop, there is no separate vibrate mode. You just lower the volume down to silence the device.  In this vibrate mode, you will still get notifications and alerts without notifications tones.

None mode is the other extreme. In this mode, all notifications tones will be turned off, including the Alarm and the ringer.

If you want to turn off all notifications, you need use downtime feature.

Priority mode allows certain notifications to interrupt you. You assign which app is in your priority list so that it may interrupt you in the Priority mode.

If Priority mode is activated, the stats bar will show a star icon as shown below.

III. How to setup and change the 3 notification modes in Android Lollipop’s notification and interruptions?

Method 1: Tap volume button.

This is the quickest way to switch the notification modes in Android Lollipop’s notification and interruptions.

If you tap any of the notification modes, you  will also be offered the option to set the duration for this change as (as shown below):

As shown in the screenshot below, you can adjust the duration by tapping he + or – button accordingly.

Method 2: Go to Settings–Sound and Notification –Interruptions.

In the Interruptions page, as shown below, you can tap “When calls and notification arrive” to select the notification and interruption modes quickly.

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Downtime is another useful feature in the new Android Lollipop’s notification and interruption system. It turn on Priority mode automatically in the specific time automatically, and repeatedly.

The Downtime can save you a lot of time by avoiding to turn on/off Priority mode  again and again. For example,  you can specify your sleeping time or school time as Downtime so that only notifications from certain apps, or calls from certain contacts can distract you during this period. After this period, the notification mode will revert back to the one before downtime. It is not necessary for you to change it manually.

As shown in the screenshots below, you can set the days and time to enable Downtime automatically based on your scedule.

V. How to configure the priority mode in Android Lollipop’s notification and interruption?

  • Do you allow events or reminders? These interruptions are from your calendar or Google Keep.
  • Who can call you? Nobody or specific callers?
  • Who can message you? Nobody or specific callers?
  • Which apps can send notifications in Priority mode? You need set it in App notifications (see below)
  • Anyone.
  • Contacts only. Only people matching contact info in your Contacts app can interrupt you.
  • Starred contacts only. Only contacts which you starred in your Contacts app can interrupt you.

VI. How to set App notifications for Android Lollipop’s notification and interruption?

To configure app notifications, you can go to SettingsSound  & notificationApp notifications as shown below.


You can choose

These two options are mutually exclusive. Once you enable one (drag the switch to right to enable it), the other one will be disabled automatically.

Sensitive notifications will be hidden from the lock screen.

Can you use Android Lollipop’s notification and interruption now?

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