Tip of the Week: Customizing Your Windows 10 Notifications on Android

Windows 10 users can customize how notifications appear on synced Android mobile devices using the Cortana app.

We’ll take you step-by-step through the configuration process for customized Windows 10 notifications.

On Top of Lock Screen
You can configure your Windows 10 notifications to appear on top of your lock screen. You will be able to see the contents of the notification without having to log into your device. If you prefer to login into your device to receive the notifications for various reasons, including privacy, go to:

Settings > System > Notifications & actions > Notifications. Toggle Off the switch for Show notifications on the lock screen.

However, if you are okay with receiving notifications on top of the lock screen from specified senders and no others, you can configure the settings to achieve this customization. Go to:

System > Notifications & Actions > Get notifications from these senders. You will be prompted to toggle On against each sender (app) and subsequently select the option to Keep notifications private on the lock screen.

Prioritize Senders
With multiple apps installed on your device, several notifications are bound to come your way. But being aware of the implications of each app provides you with criteria for ranking the most-important applications from the least-important application. For example, a small business that sells ice-cream would be more interested in checking the local weather update than checking a notification from the National Hockey League about an upcoming interview with a veteran player.

With Windows 10, you can configure the priority levels of different apps so that notifications from the most important apps appear with urgency. To achieve this setting, go to:

Settings > System > Notifications & Actions > Get notifications from these senders. Pick an app and, under Priority of notifications in the action center, assign its priority level as either Top, High or Normal.

Furthermore, you can select the number of times notifications from a single app can appear in the notification tray at any given time. This default setting of the device is configured at three alerts, but this can be changed to any number up to 20. To apply these changes, go to:

Settings > System > Notifications & actions > Number of notifications visible in action center.

Type of Notification
Each app can have a unique type of notification, including a unique sound. To tune this setting, go to:

Settings > System > Notifications & Actions > Get notifications from these senders > Your Chosen App > Play a sound when a notification arrives. Right-click the Start button and in the Control Panel, select Sound > Program Events> Notification and select it. Below the Sounds drop-down menu, there are different options; or, choose None to turn them all off.

Turn Off Notifications If you prefer to check your apps at your volition, you can turn them all off. Consequently, you can choose only a few apps to have notifications. Go to Settings > System > Notifications & actions > Notifications > Get notifications from apps and other senders. Pick the apps that you want to give you notifications using Get Notifications from These Senders.

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