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A four-part Pixel notification transformation


Ah, notifications. I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a bit of a love-hate relationship with the things.

On the one hand, sure, notifications can be useful. Having an alert about an important email, text message, or Slack reminder pop up on my Pixel keeps me connected to critical communications and (allegedly) important updates.

On the other hand, though, man: Those same sorts of notifications make it damn-near impossible to get away from work — and/or family — and focus on anything else in this wide, wild world of ours.

That’s why, for me, the Pixel’s always-on display option has never been especially optimal. The always-on display, if you aren’t familiar, is that feature where your Pixel shows you a dimmed view of the time, date, weather, and any pending notifications on your screen all the freakin’ time — whenever you aren’t actively using your phone. The screen just never fully turns off.

That feature is typically enabled by default, and most folks seem to accept it without so much as a second thought. Well, my fellow Pixel possessor, I’m here to tell you there’s a better way. It’s a crafty hack that’ll give you the same advantages the Pixel’s always-on display provides but in a more effective and less distracting presentation. It’ll make your phone meaningfully more useful — and more power-efficient, too.

[Bonus tip: Check out my free Pixel Academy e-course to discover all the advanced intelligence lurking within your favorite Pixel phone!]

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