How to Set Priority Notifications on the Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge

Galaxy S7 Priority Notifications

If you have apps that you absolutely much get notifications for, then let me show you how to set Priority Notifications on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

Notifications on a smartphone can be a sensitive subject for some people. There are those who install hundreds of applications and games on their devices and this can easily make notifications get out of hand. I recently showed you how to disable notifications on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge from specific applications, and I even showed you how to disable heads up notifications on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Today  though, I want to show you how you can give certain apps and games a special priority when it comes to their own notifications.

Samsung calls this Priority Notifications on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge and it does just that. This feature will give select apps and games the ability to make sure you see the notification when it comes in. This feature actually does two things. The first thing it does is bringing the notification up to the top of the list. So if you have a hand full of notifications on your device, the ones with priority will be shown at the top. The second thing this feature does is it allows these apps to give you notifications even Do Not Disturb mode is on.

Galaxy S7 Priority Notification

  1. Launch the Settings Application
  2. Scroll Down and Tap on the ‘Notifications’ Option
  3. Tap on the ‘Advanced’ Button at the Top Right
  4. Locate and Tap an Application You Want to Give Priority
  5. Then Enable the ‘Priority Notification’ Toggle

Explanation


This another one of those features that are buried within the Settings. Simply knowing the feature exists and being able to find it is all there is to it. So after you launch the Settings application, you will need to scroll down and tap on the Notifications option. From here, you want to look at the top right of the screen and then tap on the Advanced button that you see up there. This will list all of the applications you have installed and this is where you’ll want to scroll through and pick out the apps you want to give priority to.

So just tap on the application from this list and then you’ll see a Set as Priority toggle option. Then you’ll want to press the back button and go find the next application you want to give priority too. Remember, this will not only bring those notifications up to the very top of the list (when you have multiple notifications to go through), but it will also allow that application to give you notifications even when you have Do Not Disturb mode enabled. This can be great for work, for a mobile game that you’re really into, or just for various social applications.

Now, you can also do this from another way. Instead of going into the Notifications section of the Settings, you’ll can scroll down and tap on the Applications option and then tap on the Application Manager. From here, it will be somewhat similar like before. You’ll scroll through a list of all the applications you have installed and then tap on one. This time though, you’ll need to tap on the Notifications option from within the app in this Application Manager.

Galaxy S7 Application Manager

You can configure notification priority on the Galaxy S7 from the Application Manager

This will give you the same list of options as before and that Set as Priority toggle will be right there for you to tap on. Both of these methods will do the same thing, there are just multiple ways of getting to it since they both have their own uses. Sometimes you only need to set the Galaxy S7 Priority Notification so you can just go into the Notification option directly from the Settings page. Then again, you might want to mess with other settings for the app so going here from the Application Manager might be the better method for you.

I can see how having two methods could confuse some people but with there being so many features buried within these settings menus, I can understand why Samsung wanted to include it in the main list. Without this other one, some people might not even know about the notifications options because they wouldn’t know to go into the Application Manager first.

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Doug

I'm working to create an organized and easy to follow central repository of Android tips, tutorials, guides and everything you need to know. With a focus on device specific tutorials now, my goal is to branch out and do more universal tips and tricks that will work on all Android devices.

  • rynoz

    Does not work for alarms/timers with the stock clock app