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Gain more control over your Android notifications with Notif Log

Want to be able to snooze, rearrange, and pin your Android notifications? If so, find out how to do all of that and more with the free Notif Log app.

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Don't you wish the Android notification system had a bit more in the way of options? Say...the ability to snooze notifications, so they'll come back to remind you later? If this is something you've longed to have included in the Android notification pull-down, I've got good news...there's an app for that.

The app in question is called Notif Log, and although it won't give you access to previously dismissed logs, once it's installed and running it will allow you to dismiss or snooze notifications with either a right swipe or a left swipe.

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Notif Log offers quite a number of handy features, including:
  • Dismiss logs
  • Snooze logs
  • Manage snoozed notifications
  • Dismiss all
  • Rearrange notifications
  • Pin notifications to the top of the list
  • Exclude apps from notifications
  • Add a "floatie" that can be used in place of the built-in notification pull down

Plus, this app is free and quite easy to install and use. (There are two versions of Notif Log: free and paid. The paid version, Notif Log Pro, removes the ads and includes a widget.)

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Installing Notif Log

  1. Open the Google Play Store on your Android device.
  2. Search for notif.
  3. Locate and tap the entry by Kiwi Tree.
  4. Tap Install.
  5. Read the permissions listing and, if it's acceptable, tap Accept.
  6. Allow the installation to complete.

You can now tap the launcher (from your home screen or your App Drawer) to run the app.

First run

When you first launch Notif Log you will be required to enable notification access for the app. You'll see an ENABLE button at the bottom right of the screen. Tap that button and then, when prompted, tap Notif Log Free to enable notification access (Figure A).

Figure A

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Enabling notification access for Notif Log on a Verizon-branded Nexus 6.

Once you've done this, tap the device's home button and then re-open Notif Log. You should see a quick welcome screen that walks you through how Notif Log works.

Using Notif Log

The best way to use Notif Log is to enable it as a "Floatie." To do this, tap the menu button in the top right corner and then tap the check box for Show Floatie status bar (Figure B).

Figure B

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Enabling the Floatie.

Once you've enabled the Floatie, you can pull it down from any screen by tapping in the upper right corner of the device window and dragging down. When you drag the Floatie down, you'll have access to your current notifications (Figure C).

Figure C

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The Notif Log Floatie in action.

You can swipe right to dismiss a notification, swipe left to snooze (Figure D), long press to either pin to top or rearrange, or tap the yellow circle to dismiss all notifications.

Figure D

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Snoozing a notification with Notif Log.

When using the Notif Log Floatie, you can still gain access to the standard Android Notification shade, but pulling down anywhere but the far right corner at the top of the window (the location of the Floatie pull-down).

Is Notif Log worth your time?

If you need the ability to easily snooze Android notifications, Notif Log is an invaluable tool. If you rarely need to see a notification more than once, Notif Log might not be for you.

Either way, it's an unobtrusive app that will go a long way to help remind you of important notifications.

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About Jack Wallen

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen.com.

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