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How to disable notification for individual android app (OsmAnd)?

asked 2017-10-22 23:31:29 +0300

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updated 2019-06-07 07:05:32 +0300

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Using the android application OsmAnd for offline navigation today, I realized that this app now sends turning instructions (e.g. "turn right in 73m") as notifications to the android system and SailfishOS displays those at the top of the screen. See screenshot: image description

This is not very useful, since turning instructions are already displayed in the upper left corner of the screen. It is even worse, since the notification covers other useful information like distance to destination or the name of the road I am driving on.

So I would like to disable those notifications. But I could not find an appropriate option in OsmAnd nor in SailfishOS. I would like to keep notifications from android chat programs enabled.

Does anybody know a solution for this problem?

I use OsmAnd version 2.7.5 on SailfishOS I am using Jolla and OsmAnd since almost 3 years up to now, but this issue seems to be introduced in one of the last versions of OsmAnd or SailfishOS.

(Opened an issue at OsmAnd issue tracker: https://github.com/osmandapp/Osmand/issues/4635)

[edit : Notifications are always present with 3.0.3 and make the software difficult to use when driving a car :-( ]

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On Jolla 1 you can use root with: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aboutmycode.NotificationsOff&hl=de

MoritzJT ( 2017-10-22 23:44:00 +0300 )edit

same problem here. Pls update if something on git happens.

BlaeX ( 2017-10-23 08:58:56 +0300 )edit

notifications hide the direction to take and make the osmand application little usable. With Sailfish 3 we have no improvments :-(

mips_tux ( 2018-12-02 22:21:22 +0300 )edit

This issue is still present, 2 years later… It’s a very serious issue, it makes it very hard to use osmand app on sailfish as a car GPS system !

vbregier ( 2019-11-19 02:00:12 +0300 )edit

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answered 2019-06-07 08:32:03 +0300

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updated 2019-06-07 13:32:38 +0300

If it was Xperia XA2 and Android version 8.1, AliendalvikControl from OpenRepos gives you access to Android settings to do micromanaging for app notifications and rights (and for Android in general) but alas, not for older Android versions.

I don't know if there is an app or patch with similar functionality for Android 4.somethings. Technically the settings should be there somewhere within the Android/Aliendalvik layer.

edit: In Experia XA2 (Sailfish there is a button for "Open Android settings" in Settings - Apps - [any Android app]. You get to tweak notifications and app rights for individual apps there. This seems to be a basic function of Sailfish OS now for Android version 8.1. And as a cherry on top, pressing the Android back button while in the app setting window will take you to the Android general settings window, so there is an access to there too now.

Alas again, on my "Jolla C" Aqua Fish (also Sailfish with older Android this option is missing.

I post this as an answer, but sadly it applies only for Android runtime 8.1 and Xperia XA2.

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