Disable and Hide Application Notifications on Samsung Galaxy S4 Marshmallow vs Lollipop vs Kitkat

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Do you have some applications on your Galaxy S4 that are useful and entertaining, yet annoy you by bombarding you with notifications? Do you consider it such a nuisance that you have thought of uninstalling it, yet the need for the application keeps you from doing it? If this is your case, then you may have just accepted the issue and convinced yourself to deal with it. What you may not know is that there is a way to have these applications on your device minus the annoying notifications.

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Read through this whole article to learn how to get rid of these bothersome notifications. Some notification messages are important, like a notification that you have a short message, or a notice that you just missed a call. Some are plainly a nuisance and disturbing. You do not want to receive a notification that your virtual pet is hungry or needs a bath, unless you are really into taking good care of that cuddly-creature-on-phone. You also do not want to be disturbed by those advertisements created by one of your applications.

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Method 1: Marshmallow

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    From the home screen, tap the "Apps" icon.
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    On the Apps screen, tap the "Settings" gear.
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    Inside Settings, scrolls down and tap, "Application manager".
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    On the Application manager screen, make sure "All Apps" is selected.
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    Tap the application you wish to disable notifications for.
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    On the App info screen, tap "Notifications".
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    Next to "Allow notifications" tap the toggle switch off.
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Method 2: Lollipop

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    On the home screen, tap "Apps".
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    Inside Apps, tap the "Settings" icon.
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    On the Settings screen, tap "MORE", followed by "Application manager".
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    Inside the Application manager, swipe to select "ALL".
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    Scroll through and tap the application you no longer want to receive notifications for.
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    On the "App info" screen, uncheck the box next to "Show notifications".
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    Tap "OK" when the alert message pops up.
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Method 3: Kitkat

Get rid of irritating notifications

The following procedures will disable notifications for selected applications. For demonstration purposes, we will show you on how to disable notifications on the messaging application. Of course messaging is the last thing that you want to disable notifications, but it is the easiest to control (for notification purposes) so we will be using the said app for illustration.

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    Press on the Home button to get to your Home menu
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    You can tap on the Back button for a few orders until you get to the Home screen.
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    From your Home screen, tap on the Apps icon
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    This will take you to the list of applications on your Galaxy S4.
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    From the application list, locate Settings and tap on it to open your phone's settings
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    From you Settings, tap on "More" to view more settings for your phone.
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    Under System Manager, tap on the "Application manager" option
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    Application manager will allow you to do specific actions with your applications such as force stopping, uninstallation, and other application preferences.
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    On Application manager, swipe to the right until you get to the "All" tab
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    Your Application manager has four tabs (Downloaded, On SD card, Running and All), only two of which are visible; you need to swipe to the last tab to see "All".
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    You will now see all of the applications on your Galaxy S4, including those that are not shown on the Application list, scroll down to the application that you want to disable notification and tap on it
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    Upon tapping, application information will show; uncheck the box that says "Show notifications" to disable notifications on your device
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    You will be prompted with a confirmation message that you may miss important alerts and updates if you disable notifications; tap on OK to confirm
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    You have successfully disabled notification for your target application; you should not be able to receive any notifications from that application anymore.
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Checking if notifications has been disabled

Just to show you the effect of disabling notification, we will be sending an SMS message to the same phone and number to see if any notification will come up. As detailed above, we have just disabled notification so messaging, so we expect not to receive any notification for newly received messages.

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  1. 1
    Press on the Home button to get to your Home menu
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    You can tap on the Back button for a few orders until you get to the Home screen.
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    From your Home screen, tap on the Messaging icon to open the Messaging application
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    On your messaging application tap on the "write new message" icon to create a new SMS message
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    Enter your own number in the "To" field and enter any message that you want
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    While the message is sending, quickly press the Home button so you will get back to your Home screen
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    Wait for at least a minute for the message to send completely and for it to get back to your phone as an inbound message
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    You should not have any SMS notification during this waiting period.
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    After a minute, go back to the messaging application by tapping on the Messaging icon again
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    You should see that your message has arrived but you did not get any notification from it
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    This also means that the application's function has not been affected, it still worked the way it was intended to be, but this time, without its notifications.
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    This means that disabling a desired application's notification works, now try it on your own with your preferred app.
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Enabling application notifications

If you want to receive notifications again from a disabled application, then you will just have to enable it again on your Application manager. Follow the same procedures as it is on disabling notifications but this time put a check mark on the box beside the words, "Show notifications". Once the box is checked again, notifications from those applications will now pop up on your notifications bar again.

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Questions and Answers

I want to hide an app in my Samsung Galaxy S4 menu?

How can I hide an app in my menu?

You can hide or disable apps in the Samsung Galaxy S4 by following these steps:

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    From your Home screen, press the Menu button.
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    Tap Settings.
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    Touch the 'More' tab.
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    Select the 'Application Manager'.
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    Swipe left or right if necessary to get to the screen you need to find the application
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    • Running
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    Select the application you want to remove.
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    Click 'Disable'.
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    Press 'OK'.
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    The application should now no longer appear in your menu or notifications
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    • The application will also no longer be automatically updated.
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See more questions like this: How to permanently remove Samsung pay app on Note5

How can I disable apps on Galaxy S4?

How can I disable apps on Galaxy S4?

Unless you disable user applications (be warned that some system applications might be interconnected), so make sure you know what you will actually disable together with the selections when you turn those off. Some applications have a grayed out "Disable" button. You may need to root your phone to disable those. Otherwise, follow the next steps:

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    Go to "Settings".
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    Tap the "More" tab.
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    Tap "Application Manager".
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    Swipe the screen to the right to the "All" tab.
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    Tap the desired application that you wish to disable and tap the "Disable" button
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    If the selected application has been updated, you will have to confirm by tapping "OK" that the application should have its updates uninstalled.
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    Tap the "Disable" button again and tap the "OK" button to confirm
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    The selected application will be disabled and removed from the Home screen and visible applications.
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Twitter issue using the app on phone?

I have the app, can log in, see tweets, add followers, can re-tweet but I don't see the tweet icon at the top right hand side of the app

Try restarting your phone. Once you've restarted your phone, delete the twitter app. From there restart your phone once again. Now that you've restarted your phone, reinstall the Twitter app, and voila! It should be back up and running.

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Hi, My phone is Galaxy S4 mini duos. I don't know why when I turn my face the video doesn't stop and there are many other problems?

Hi, My phone is Galaxy S4 mini duos. I don't know why when I turn my face the video doesn't stop and there are many other problems?

Toggle your Smart Screen on/off. Go to Settings/My Device/ Smart Screen to edit this feature. If you are watching videos in a darkly lit room, this will prohibit the camera from picking up that you have turned your head. Since you mentioned that you have many other issues with your device, put it into Recovery Mode and choose Wipe Cache Partition and Clear Dalvik Cache. Both of these options will remove any cache causing a disturbance with the functions on your device.

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Why is my Android not updating or syncing to show me email and other alerts?

I can only access new emails, CNN alerts, Drudge alerts etc., by pressing my refresh button. This just started happening yesterday. Can you please help? Thank you.

Did you recently upgrade your device operating system? This can cause the notification bug. First, try clearing the cache in the email and other apps that you get notifications from. Then go into these apps and try to manually sync each one. If you are still having issues, hard reset your device and start over again.

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Hi, I'd like to disable receiving WhatsApp, and Facebook notifications in a popup at the top of my screen when I'm busy on another app?

I receive WhatsApp, Facebook and email notification on a single popup as messages arrive so to the point that I can't read on the screen what I'm doing on another app. How do I take this off and read the messages when it suits me? I would like only for the app icon to have a star or something to show there's a message for me and not popup the whole message every time.

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Within each app setting, you can configure how you would like to receive notifications. Facebook, for instance, has options like a vibration or lighting up the flash on your device. Personally, I have all notifications disabled on the Facebook app except for Facebook Messenger. I just go to the app to check postings whenever I have time. The Messenger app just shows you a circle bubble with the sender,s profile pic when you are sent a message.

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How to remove system update notification on Galaxy S5?

My phone downloaded without my approval the Lollipop update and it is now showing as a notification in the notification bar, how can I remove it? in app manager, at system update, everything is grayed out. Thank you.. I have tried: I disabled auto download update, it did not work, I tried disabling notifications, it is still grayed out.

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Lollipop 5.1 had several extra patches sent out. You are seeing this notification because you are not to build LMY48T. Continue to drop down the notification and update the OS. It takes about 10 minutes to update and install these patches. Then the notification should go away for you.

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See more questions like this: I have an S5 Neo and the notification keeps chiming and uses my battery up. I can not find how to set the phone up and get the menu to set the ring tones, if I want GPS etc?

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Can you hide who is sending you a message by not showing the name or number when receiving?

Incoming text messages, want to change so it is not visible unless messages are opened.

Unless you have a Samsung Galaxy S5 or higher, you will need to use a 3rd party app from Google Play to remove the SMS previews. Hide My Text allows you to customize 5 contacts to hide their phone calls and SMS. There are numerous apps out there for what you are requesting, but take the time to research them before installing. Especially the reviews. Some of these apps mess up the entire SMS/Contacts integration on a device.

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Sir, I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo mobile

I want to Change Android Version to Lollipop, now I am using 4.4.4 Kitkat, tell me please, can I update it or not?

Officially, you cannot update it to Lollipop, as the Galaxy S3 Neo phones stay at Android 4.4.4. If you wish to install Lollipop, you will void your warranty and may even brick your phone. If you still wish to continue, then follow the instructions below (all of your data will be lost).

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    Download and install Samsung USB drivers onto your PC.
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    Copy these files to your microSD card from your computer.
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    Download the latest Odin.
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    Download "recovery.tar".
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    Run ODIN as an administrator.
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    Click "AP".
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    Select "recovery.tar".
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    Turn off your phone.
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    Press and hold the power, menu key, and volume-down buttons simultaneously.
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    Then, press the volume-up button.
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    Connect your phone with the native USB cable to the computer.
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    Click "Start" in ODIN as soon as the phone has been connected.
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    When you see "Pass" in ODIN, disconnect your phone.
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    Press and hold the volume-up, home, and power buttons until you see the recovery mode.
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    Use the volume-down button to select "wipe data/factory reset".
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    Press the power button.
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    Use the volume-down button to select "wipe cache partition".
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    Press the power button.
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    Use the volume-down button to select "install zip from SD card".
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    Press the power button.
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    Select "cyannogenmod.zip" file and install it.
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    Use the volume-down button to select "install zip from SD card".
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    Press the power button.
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    Select "gapps.zip" file and install it.
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    Go back to the main menu.
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    Select "reboot your phone" by pressing the power button.
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    If you are asked about "losing root access", then select "Yes
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    Fix root".
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How to undo the "content hidden" notification status on the lock-screen?

I recently updated my Galaxy S4 and was asked to make notifications private when viewed from the lock screen. I would like to undo this feature if possible!

You can find the settings to change this under Security. You will want to toggle to Show All Content within your lock screen settings on the device.

Hi, I am using a Galaxy S3 mini and receiving a lot of annoying notifications?

Every time I unlock the screen, it displays package installer and is asking for allowing installation of software from unknown sources

There are apps that need to be installed with you enabling Allow From Unknown Sources in your Security setting. One app that does this is Malwarebytes for instance. You can check the Allow function and will stop getting the message or remove whatever app is causing it.

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There is no more in my settings within the applications, where do I go?

I need to disable the annoying notifications

Settings>Security>Sounds and Notifications is where you configure notifications. You can also set them to mute in most apps.

Hi, I have a new Samsung S4 Android version 5.01. It is not showing contact names in text messages received?

New messages only display the number even though I already have that number saved under a contact in my phone

Go into the Messaging Application. Click on the Settings icon. There are options there to configure how you want to display or get notified when you have an incoming text message. Enable the Preview Message option and your contact of the sender will now be displayed when you receive a text message.

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Show notifications box blocked from unticking for Software update?

My phone wants to do a Software update, which I don't need or want, however, the notification keeps coming through for me to install the new software. I have gone to App info and in Software Update the 'show notification' box is ticked but I have no access to untick it, seems almost greened out i.e. hazy appearance. How do I switch off notifications for software download if I cannot untick it here in App info? Many thanks

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Go to Applications Manager. Find the apps listed as Software Update. Clear the cache and delete the data for each of them. This will be a daily fix, though. Either install the update and then revert to your older version or clear the cache and data daily. You will find if you wait on making an update, you will end up doing it later anyway because suddenly apps will not support the OS version you are using.

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Hi! Yesterday while on Facebook, I got a message that Facebook wants my agreement to send me notifications. I didn't pay attention to it. I just agreed. Now, every time my friends post something, the message shows on my phone like I am receiving a message and it is annoying. I want to know how to turn it off. Thanks!

Hi! Yesterday while on Facebook, I got a message that Facebook wants my agreement to send me notifications. I didn't pay attention to it. I just agreed. Now, every time my friends post something, the message shows on my phone like I am receiving a message and it is annoying. I want to know how to turn it off. Thanks!

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    Open the Facebook application on your smartphone.
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    Tap on the top-right hot-dog icon.
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    Tap on "Account Settings" > "Notifications" > "Mobile".
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    Disable about what you do not want to be notified.
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    The other method is to open your Facebook application
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    Press the menu button. Tap on "Facebook settings". Scroll down to the bottom of the list. Under "Advanced Notification Settings", uncheck "Ongoing notifications".
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How to get rid of software update annoying notification ICON in Samsung?

My phone keeps on showing the annoying notification of software update and I don't want to see that notification Icon, how do I get rid of this thing?

Push it and complete the update.

How will I eliminate it? It is so disturbing?

There is always a notification that keeps on popping in my menu

For situations like the pop ups, it is usually related to some application you installed. If you mentioned what the notification said then we would be able to help you further. For now, if it really annoys you then perform a hard reset on the device.

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I was able to get this done after reading the article?

Your Cute. But I bet you been told that before.

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How do I protect myself and my family from being hacked?

Someone is hacking all of the accounts and devices in my home. I know who, but I don't know what to do. I use a Samsung Galaxy 4 and I have factory reset it 3 times already and opened new accounts etc., and still getting hacked. My passwords are being constantly changed and the phone is basically unusable. I believe there must be hidden apps on my phone that don't get wiped off when I reset the phone. We have a WiFi network here at the house and everyone that uses it gets hacked. Is there something I can do to block hackers? What can I do about my phone? I'm so frustrated and confused. Please help. It is a hacker related question. I don't know what the original question is but I know I need help. I need answers to my questions, please.

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If you feel your device is still hacked after multiple factory resets, please get another device or have it looked at by a professional repair shop. There may be something rigged with the hardware.

Turn off continual notification but keep initial notification on?

I want to turn off the continual notification when I have a text or voicemail without turning off the initial incoming notification. Is that possible? --is my question clear? The article only covers turning off ALL notifications. I tested it by sending myself a text and NO notification sounded. I have tried: Followed instructions in the article and sent myself a "test" text. I think it was caused by: It is not a problem, it is a preference to not hear the continual sound of a notification. I would only like to hear the initial notification sound when a text or voicemail is waiting, but not hear the sound every 25 seconds.

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Unfortunately, there is no way to set your device to receive the initial notification. They can only be switched on or off entirely.

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