It's easy to keep apps from sending notifications to your Android Wear smartwatch
If there's one thing you'll quickly learn using an Android Wear smartwatch such as the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live or Moto 360, it's which notifications are important — and which ones you merely brush aside without thinking twice. On your watch, however, those otherwise ignored alerts are quickly magnified, taking up valuable time and head space.
The good news is that it's easy to keep apps from sending notifications to your Android Wear device. A blacklist, if you will.
How to squelch notifications in Android Wear
Google's gone the smart route and made the Android Wear app the gatekeeper for notifications that are sent to your watch. (Imagine the nightmare if you had to do it app by app.) So, to keep an app from sending notifications, all you have to do is:
- Open the Android Wear app.
- Go to Settings.
- Choose "Mute apps."
- Scroll through to the app you want to mute, and choose it.
The bad news is that in its initial implementation, you have to mute apps one at a time. We'd much prefer to see checkboxes so you can mute multiple apps at once — and it wouldn't surprise us in the slightest to see this added as an option at some point. (The Pebble Notifier app for that smartwatch does exactly this.)
But for now, it's what we've got. And it's simple enough to keep unwanted applications from sending notifications to your Android Wear device.