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Forgotten Android personalization features

Well gang, it happened. again.

As a person who lives and breathes all things Android, I now realize I’m gone. Month Without activating one of the platform’s most powerful and comfortable personalization options.

But this time I found a pattern.

Late last year, I moved to a new Android device. pixel 7 proAnd I inadvertently forgot about this advanced customization as part of my move to another digital home.

Not the first time, I just noticed.in fact every day For the past few years, I’ve had this same insane slip when I switched to a new phone. Gently put your hand on me.

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I’d bet the same thing happened to you – and indeed you may be right in the middle of this cycle of oblivion right now.

Android personalization progress

Before we get into the details of this situation, let me back up a little bit here — way back in 2020, in the ancient digital age.That year, Google Android 11 To the world, and with it, our Android caressing overlords have given the platform’s notification organization a strong boost.

Android 11 is highly touted New “Conversation” section to the Android notification panel. It was part of a broader and more ambitious plan. Transform your messaging experience on Android And it brings together all the different messaging apps most of us use in one streamlined setup.

All communication-related notifications you receive, regardless of which app sent them, are displayed together and displayed in one consistent section at the top of the Android notification panel.This makes messaging on Android like interacting with a dozen or so apps in one unified communication. hub At the operating system level.

It was a lofty ambition. But then — well, Google… well, I Googled. At some point along the way, the idea of ​​a separate “conversation” section within Android’s notification panel quietly faded away without fanfare or flashy sendoffs.

But while the section itself may have evaporated for no apparent reason, one small piece of that puzzle remained intact all along. that is The part I always forget to activate on every weird new phone I use.

An option to designate a specific thread in a supported messaging app as a “preferred” conversation. That way, you can give that thread its own custom notification icon, making it stand out from all other threads in your phone’s status bar.

For example, the two icons below show notifications for new messages from conversations I’ve set as “Priority” and for the more general Google Messages.

Android notification personalization icons JR

As you can see, these icons actually display as notification icons whoever peeks into the beak of the person they’re associated with, or whatever you decide to use as your profile picture. This is a much more distinctive and attention-grabbing approach than the standard new message icon, which simply displays the generic message symbol for new messages received.

Here comes the weird part. Unlike the original Android 11-era vision, setting a conversation to “Priority” no longer actually changes anything in the notification panel.current Android versionconversations set up that way appear much like any other incoming message — a separate section and last year’s top rankings are nowhere to be found.

Personalizing Android Notifications: Priority Panel JR

This makes it even easier to forget that this option exists. However, custom notification icons can make a big difference in your ability to see important pending messages and help you stay sharp when someone important sends you a message.

But the bad news: as I recall — again — Settings in this area are not retained when moving from one phone to another.until you With this in mind, every time you start over with a new Android device or factory reset your existing phone, you’ll need to set it up anew.

And that’s exactly what I forget, my fellow Android-appreciating organisms. every day. Do not be silly. time.

3 Steps to Android Notification Personalization

Enabling Android’s Priority Conversation system is actually incredibly easy. The hardest part is remembering.

But hey, you’re thinking about it now, right? So it takes 20 seconds to do this.

  1. Hold your finger on a message notification from the person you want or the porpoise.
  2. Tap Priority on the panel that pops up.
  3. Tap the word Done in the same panel to save your selection.
Personalizing Android Notifications: Preferences JR

You said it’s easy, right?Now, to clarify: you intention For this to work, you must be running Android 11 or newer software from the 2020s (but if you’re running anything older than Android 11 at this point, my friend. big fish to fry).That aside, this feature may or may not be supported by all messaging apps, but it’s fully available. Google messages (And if you’re instead using something like Samsung’s completely unnecessary Messages app, you’re better off switching anyway).

One more cheeky step to consider before ending the day with this: If you’re feeling particularly inspired, Google Contacts App Second (and for Google if you’re still using substandard alternatives provided by non-Pixel smartphone makers: transfer already). Find the entry for the contact you just prioritized notifications for and make sure you’re happy with the profile picture that person/porpoise has.

Last but not least, the really challenging part, and one where I clearly keep failing. Remember to follow these same steps again every time you reset your phone or migrate to a new Android device.For some reason, sync and Setting up a new Android smartphone Over the years, this little bit of personalization doesn’t carry over.

But now you know And now I can do this amazing feature on my phone right now. And then, 4 months after moving to my next device, I realized again that I had forgotten about this feature.

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