How to Review Notifications on Your Android Tablet - dummies

How to Review Notifications on Your Android Tablet

Notifications appear as icons at the top of the Home screen on your Android tablet. To review them, you pull down the notifications drawer by dragging your finger from the top of the screen downward.

Scroll through the list of notifications by swiping the shade up and down. To peruse a specific notification, touch it. Choosing a notification displays more information, and it may also dismiss the notification.

You can dismiss a notification by sliding it to the right. If the Close icon appears to the right of the notification, touching that icon dismisses the notification. To dismiss all notifications, touch either the Dismiss All or Clear button.


To hide the notifications drawer, touch the Back icon, the X (Close) icon on the notifications drawer, or anywhere else on the Home screen.

  • Some tablets require you to swipe the screen from the top-left edge to see the notifications shade. When you swipe from the top-right edge, you see the Quick Settings shade.


  • When more notifications are present than can be shown on the status bar, you see the More Notifications icon displayed, similar to the one shown in the margin.

  • Dismissing some notifications doesn’t prevent them from appearing again in the future. For example, notifications to update your programs continue to appear, as do calendar reminders.

  • Ongoing notifications cannot be dismissed. They include items such as USB, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi connections.

  • Some programs, such as Facebook and the various Twitter apps, don’t display notifications unless you’re logged in.

  • Your Android tablet plays a sound, or ringtone, whenever a new notification floats in. You can choose which sound plays.