Android Wear apps blacklist

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

Android Wear mute apps

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:

  1. Open the Android Wear app.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Choose "Mute apps."
  4. 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.


Reader comments

How to blacklist apps in Android Wear


By default will the watch follow suit to current notifications? For example, I have most already turned off. Would they still get sent to the watch?

Probably only available for the people who actually have the phones from Google IO. I imagine it will be in play store when phones start shipping.

That is exactly what I was thinking. With the amount of apps people typically have installed this would make much more sense.

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I'm hoping from more granular control over things like Gmail where I have multiple accounts. Some accounts I want watch notification and some I don't. Right now when an a mail notification shows up, I can't even tell which account it's from.

Gmail app > Settings in left menu > choose account > Manage Labels > set your preferences for each individual label

@SBM_from_LA , I already do. I use K-9 for two email accounts I monitor, Gmail for four other accounts and Samsung's built in email for one more. @SEAJeff won't that shut them off completely? It's handy to have them on the phone but not so important I want them on my watch. @NealJ777 does that apply to notifications on the watch?

I am loving the quick notifications on my wrist because it lets me keep my phone on my desk at work rather than wedged into my pocket. With the notification on my wrist I can leave the phone on vibrate because I work in an open office.