19 Best Smart Notification Apps for Android Users | 2021 Edition

Notifications can enhance the overall user experience by notifying a user of new messages or events, even when the user is not operating the application. The Android notification system has always been ahead of the curve, with other platforms like Windows or iOS.

Although the Android notification center has matured a lot over the last couple of years, it has few shortcomings. For example, it still lacks the ability to display the notification organized under a proper set of categories, like games, productivity, social etc.

Thanks to Android’s open nature, there are lots of third-party applications that serve as a notification center replacement. We are enlisting all those smart apps that help you manage notification more efficiently than the default notification system you are using right now.

19. Desktop Notifications

Instead of checking notification on your mobile or tablet, the desktop notifications app allows you to check them on your computer while surfing the web. All you need is the app installed on your phone and companion extension on Firefox and Chrome desktop browser.

18. Heads-up Notifications

Heads-up app shows the latest notification as a floating popup with full text and quick actions. That means you can read a complete message and reply through notification panel. And there are 5 built-in ways to customize your notification looks.

The app is integrated with Pocket Detection features that automatically turns the screen on when you take your phone out of the pocket. Privacy on the lock screen is well supported, and the app is known to work on some smartwatches.

17. Notifications Off (Root)

If you want to control app notifications in a centralized way, then this app is definitely made for you. It allows you to turn off notification for all apps from one place rather than toggling notifications for apps individually from the setting screen.

The app requires the root access, and it automatically disables notifications for new apps as soon as they are installed.

16. Notification Bubbles

This app displays notifications in beautiful and playful bubbles on your homescreen. It offers Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Gmail notification as floating bubbles on the screen. It makes it easy to access text messages and missed calls – simply pop the bubble to read and reply. You can select different bubble styles and customize bubble colors.

Notification bubbles allows you to select one dearest contact to show up as a heart, with super quick calling and texting feature, and add one todo bubble to get reminded of important tasks.

15. Notification History Log

Have you ever been in a situation where you unintentionally removed a particular notification and want to see that deleted notification again? Well, this app can help you never face that situation again. It generates a notification log that you can easily manage, sort and view anytime.

All past notifications with detailed information are saved in ‘Advanced History screen’. They all are grouped based on apps and sorted in a timeline, so you can easily access and export them to Excel or text file.

14. Volume Notification

Volume Notification puts your phone sound slider straight into the notification drawer. It’s an open source app and doesn’t require any permissions.

The app comes in handy when you want to store or share a media streaming during a voice call. Or you can use it to simply toggle the background audio. This could be a lifesaver if your device’s physical buttons are not working for some reason.

13. Talking Notification Girl

An app that can speak out any notification, including emails, chat, calls, and alerts, in a way you want. There are plenty of options to tweak notification as per your interest. The app uses your mobile’s inbuilt text-to-speech engine, so you can customize its voice directly from the settings. In order to make things interesting, it shows intuitive animated avatar on the screen.

12. Notification Shortcuts

As the name suggests, the app lets you add shortcuts to the notification area. It supports 3 kinds of shortcuts: App shortcuts (you can put icons of your favorite app), Bookmarks (create bookmarks of folders, Tasker items or favorite contacts) and Settings (adjust brightness, and toggle GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth).

In the free version, you will be able to add shortcuts in a single row. To add more rows, you have to buy the premium version of the app.

11. Flash Notification

Flash Notification is a small, simple-to-use app that enables flash alerts for notifications. It blinks the back flashlight when you receive calls, SMS or notification. It is really useful for users who like to keep their phone silent.

Flash Notification allows you to select the app (all apps are supported) to enable flash alerts for, change speed of flashlight alert, stop flash alerts with power/volume key, turn off flash when battery is low, and turn the service on/off manually over device sound mode as vibrate, ring or silent mode.

10. Material Notification Shade

Material Notification Shade could be a nice replacement for your stock notification panel. It comes with a gesture detection features and numerous pre-designed themes that can be completely customized.

There are total three notification card themes: light, colored, and dark. Plus, you can select a different color for the foreground (icons) or background of the quick settings panel. If you want, you can choose your own profile image to be displayed in the shade.

9. Shouter

Yet another voice notification app that reads out your notification for you so you don’t have to read them yourself. It speaks the caller name when the phone rings, and in case if you are too busy with other tasks it will read the text messages.

Shouter comes with over a dozen of customization options – disable notifications from unnecessary applications and unknown numbers, read messages even when the phone is locked, disable read during silent hours, shout the notification sending app name before reading content, and more. Voice remainder and battery state announcement features are coming in the next update.

8. Power Shade

Power Shade allows you to make your notification drawer look great by customizing the base layout and color of each tiny element according to your preference. Notifications from one app are grouped together, and you can reply to messages as soon as you see them.

7. Dynamic Notification

Dynamic Notification lets you check your notifications without even unlocking your smartphone. It shows the clock, time, lock button and the app icon holding notification. Most mobiles only have a pulsing notification LED, which doesn’t actually tell anything about the notification, but with this app, you can decide if something is important enough to act.

There are options to change background color or image, hide details and adjust brightness. Notification doesn’t light up when your phone is in pocket, purse or face down. Moreover, you can use the app (available in premium version) as a replacement for a stock lock screen.

6. Notification Blocker

The app allows you to block junk notifications smartly and clean all your notifications in a single tap. There is an option to hide system notifications, such as ‘USB charging this device’ and ‘running in the background’.

The app is smart enough to block annoying notifications, and gather them together in one place so that the phone notification bar always remain clean. Moreover, it can stop useless notifications from slowing down your device, keeping your phone stable, fast and free from disturbing notifications.

5. APUS Message Center

APUS Message Center is a simplest yet powerful notifier for Android unread messages. It provides an easy to use interface that shows the number of unread messages (from apps like Whatapps, SMS, and email) and missed incoming calls on the same panel. It also shows the unread messages over the app icon and folder.

The app features anti-spam SMS filter that intelligently recognizes the spam and warns users of malicious and phishing messages. It has been tested on most Android phones including Samsung Galaxy Series and Note, HTC, Huawei, MOTO, and Sony.

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4. Smart Notify

Smart Notify is an advanced SMS and call manager with popup window notification. Along with pending calls, MMS and SMS, it also displays length or ringing in missed calls, notification for full charged battery, loss or detected wifi signal. It works with most of the social apps, including Facebook, Whatsapp, Google+ and more.

The app allows you to block unwanted calls and text messages, and turn on LED flash for incoming calls or SMS in silent mode. If you’ve got any new message or missed call, the smart vibration feature will vibrate the phone when you remove it from the pocket.

3. AcDisplay

AcDisplay shows you a new notification in a minimal, beautiful screen and lets you open them directly from the lock screen. It features inactive hours to save some battery and uses phone’s sensors to wake your device up when you need it. Other features include dynamic background, blacklist notifications from a particular app, low-priority notifications, and more.

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2. Notistory

The is a perfect app to manage all your notifications. you can read texts without letting the sender know, and see all notifications without running apps in the foreground. It supports emails, SMS messages, call logs, and all popular social network services.

It groups same app notifications and makes it visible at a glance. There is also an option to register certain keywords, after which you will receive vibration notifications that include those keywords.

1. Floatify


Floatify gives you advanced heads-up notification for your phone. The QuickReply feature lets you send messages directly from the notification, and DirectReply lets you pick pre-defined replies like “ok, thanks!”, without typing. SmartWake turns your screen on as soon as you pick your phone and SmartBlacklist hides heads-up so they don’t show up while playing games or watching videos.

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You can expand notifications to full size, filter messages, and apply custom interaction settings (push left/right, single/double tap). Premium themes in the app let you select between Android or iOS-style notification. Also, you can customize the look and feel with colors and animations.

Bonus: An Interesting Concept

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Varun Kumar

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  • Interesting… but are there any ways to get banner notifications like on IOS? That’s the biggest thing I miss from my iPhone – when I got an SMS, the notification would pop up at the top of the screen, display the first part of the message content, and then go away without me having to close it or dismiss it. On my Galaxy A71 they either don’t pop up to display (unless I open the notification panel) or with Smart Pop Up they stay there forever if I don’t dismiss them.