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Facebook is keen to experiment with new Android features for its app, and its latest effort comes in the form of a persistent notification bar in the Android notification tray. This isn’t the first time that Facebook has hinted at including a persistent notification icon, the company previously tested out a more plain looking version last year.

This latest experimental option has only been made available to a limited number of users, and only began testing as of the start of this week. As you can see in the image below, the persistent bar offers up familiar notifications for friend’s requests, new messages, and general notifications for the app.


For the narcissists out there, the notification also features a persistent profile picture, staring back at you each time you check for updates. The little “i” icon contains options for the notification, including the choice to return to the more traditional notification system.

There’s no indication that this change is destined for a build fit for every consumer, but perhaps it’s an indication of the type of change that Facebook has planned for the future.

Robert Triggs
Lead Technical Writer at Android Authority, covering the latest trends in consumer electronics and hardware. In his spare moments, you'll probably find him tinkering with audio electronics and programming.
  • wezi427

    I don’t think there is really a need for this. I like the way it is now. I have enough things in my notifications now.

  • MasterMuffin

    Waaaay off-topic: has the font of the mobile page been changed? Looks really clean!

  • Samuel Gabbay

    Like it! looks nice’n’sleek

    • Sky Ang

      I thinks its because they are using a HTC phone in that picture. The nice’n;sleek part is Senses 5.5:)

      • Samuel Gabbay


  • Blendi Krasniqi

    another sevice in the background…

    • Luqmaan Mathee

      Along with 100 others…

  • Craig Foster

    I turned it off.

  • Luqmaan Mathee

    Am I the only one around here that hates persistent notifications?

    • Darcy Poe

      The upvotes suggest otherwise! :D

      • Luqmaan Mathee

        Damn now I have to love them just not be mainstream

  • Ben Edwards

    I can’t stand persistent notifications, so hopefully they include an option to disable the notification bar.

    • Renato Paredes Araújo

      You can disable it in the app settings, in the system settings.

  • Ali Al-Dhalemi

    I HATE persistent notifications! As if my bar is full enough.

  • Kevin

    hate persistent notifications – if they made it non persistent I might actually use it occasionally… then dismiss it again… although I guess i’d have to use facebook then.

  • Tim B.

    I can’t stand persistent notification. Yet another reason to not usenthe Facebook app.

  • Darcy Poe

    There’s always a way around. Don’t worry guys. Even I cant stand’em notifications bar..


    Everyone is complaining about persistent notifications. You can turn them off in settings. If I didn’t know any better I would think I was talking to my mom. You people should know these things.

  • Am I the only one around here that hates persistent notifications?