Get Notified Quicker In Android

Get Notified Quicker In Android

The Problem

One of the few things that annoys me about the Android operating system is the general delay that occurs when the phone is locked, goes into Dose Mode, and you receive notifications. I sometimes have my iPhone and my Android phone sitting together and notice that the iPhone will receive news alerts, WhatsApp messages, texts etc, very much quicker than my Google Pixel 4XL.

A Partial Solution

So last week, I was listening to Steve Litchfield and Ted Salmon
on the Phones Show Chat Podcast, and they were talking about this very problem.
The partial solution is to do the following:-
Go into Settings, then Battery, and turn off the two options labelled Adaptive Battery and Battery Saver.
Then make sure that all the apps for which you want to receive notifications quickly are not battery optimised.


I say this is a partial solution, because notifications are still not instant, but they do arrive a lot quicker. I agree with what Steve and Ted said in the podcast, that Google need to implement a way to switch off this doze mode, or battery optimisation mode if you like, completely.


Thanks to Steve Litchfield and Ted Salmon for a great podcast. Keep up the good work guys!


Picture of the android setting screen.

Android Tip: Search Settings

This is the first of what I hope to be several tech tips, as I discover them, or tips for things I use on a daily basis.

This one came out of a podcast I was listening to, which I highly recommend, called Phones Show Chat. It can be found at Steve Litchfield’s Site.

They were talking about a setting in Android being hidden deeply in menus, so you had to go way down to find it. The setting in question was Pulse Light Notification. The Co-host, Ted Salmon was talking about this setting being buried deep in menus.

Something I use every day in Android, is the Search Settings feature. This can be found if you open Settings, then look towards the top right of the screen. I don’t know what it looks like visually, but Talkback, my screen reader, says Search Settings. If you tap that, you get a search box where you can start typing a setting. When I typed “Not” without the quotes, the first search item at the top of the screen was, you guessed it, Pulse Light Notification.

I highly recommend anyone who wants to get round settings in Android quickly, use this method, as it is sometimes quicker than clicking down several levels of menu items.

I hope this helps.