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How to turn off Google Maps many notifications

Judging by the flood of notifications I get on a daily basis from Google Maps, it really likes me — maybe a little too much. If you use Google Maps on Android, you might be in the same boat.

Google Maps has a lot of notification options (between 40 and 54 nestled into 10 categories in the three phones that we tried out), and theyre all turned on by default. When I look down the list, I find a few crucial notifications in the mix, like the one that lets me know my train schedule before I leave for work. But I find most of the others to be trivial and annoying to deal with, constantly stacking up in my notification tray and distracting me from other important notifications.

(Note: This isnt an issue for people who use iPhones. Its just a little treat from Google to those who use the navigation app on the companys own OS.)

No matter which Android phone you use, the Maps app lets you turn notifications off one by one. But theres a faster, easier way to filter all of those notifications if you use a phone that runs on Android 9 Pie software. Youll find all of the steps below.

Before you get started, note that the location of some menu items may vary slightly depending on the brand of phone you use.

On any Android phone with Google Maps installed

  • Open Google Maps, then tap the menu button in the top left corner of your screen
  • Scroll down, then select “Settings”
  • Once youre here, find and tap on “Notifications”
  • Here, youll see each of the notifications categories. You can open each one to deactivate any notification that doesnt seem useful.

On phones running Android 9 Pie software

  • Long-press on the Google Maps

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