One UI 6.1 disables one of the best Android notification features by default. So you can activate it again

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The Android operating system has the possibility of having very specific control of notifications through a feature called notification channels. This allows you to control what type of notifications can an application make, no matter what application it is. For example, we can choose to receive notifications from WhatsApp, but avoid receiving notifications specifically from groups.

On Samsung Galaxy devices, notification channels are called notification categories, and the feature is enabled by default, or at least it was until One UI 6.0. In the new One UI 6.1 Samsung has disabled this function by defaultbut fortunately there is a way to activate it again.

How to activate notification categories on devices with One UI 6.1

Notification categories, which Google refers to as notification channels, debuted in the OS version Android 8.0. Samsung Galaxy devices have had this function integrated for years, but for some reason the manufacturer has decided to disable it starting with the latest version of its system.

In One UI 6.1, when accessing the notification configuration options in each application, the possibility of customizing notification categories no longer appears, something that was possible until One UI 6.0.

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Left: One UI 6.1 without notification categories. Right: One UI 6.0 with notification categories enabled by default.

Fortunately, there is a way to turn notification categories back on for apps, just It’s a little hidden between system settings. We must follow the following steps:

  • Access the settings menu of the Samsung Galaxy device
  • Then access the section Notifications
  • Then press on Advanced settings
  • Finally, activate the switch in the option Manage notification categories per app
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Now, to customize notifications by category, you only need access each application that we want to configure. To do so, we must follow these steps:

  • Access the device settings menu and then the section Applications
  • Select an application. We will use WhatsApp as an example
  • Now, we press on Notifications
  • The next screen now shows the option Notification Categories. We press on it
  • In this section we can configure exactly which notifications we want to keep active, by category
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Can repeat the process in all the applications we want. This is particularly useful in messaging apps or social networks, which often bombard users with different types of notifications. On YouTube, for example, it is possible to disable notifications for video recommendations, comments responses, and download notifications, among others.

One UI 6.1 is available from the factory on the new Galaxy S24, Galaxy S24+ and Galaxy S24 Ultraand will reach more compatible devices during the first months of 2024. Notification categories are a very useful tool for avoid that feeling of overwhelm and annoyance of receiving too many unnecessary notifications in an app, but without stopping receiving the notifications that really matter.

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