Well, there’s an app for that.

If your device is currently running on Android 8.0 Oreo, you probably know what I’m talking about. In an effort to make it easier for users to see which apps are running in the background, Google implemented a new notification system, showing exactly that – which apps are running in the background, consuming data and impacting battery life. However, for people who use certain smartwatch pairing apps, VPN services, password managers, and other apps that need to run in the background, the persistent notifications can become extremely frustrating.

Fortunately for us, there is an app that gets rid of those notifications. Called “Hide ‘running in the background’ Notification,” the app does precisely what its name suggests. It’s a free, open-source app which works perfectly well as long as you grant it Notification Access. Once you have it installed, your notification shade should look much tidier, and if not, try turning your phone off and powering it back on.

The app is currently functional only if your device’s language is set to English, but the developer says more languages are on the way.

The app is currently functional only if your device’s language is set to English, but the developer says more languages are on the way. You can try Hide “running in the background” Notification for free by downloading it from the Play Store:

You can also support the developer by making donations inside the app.

Has this app solved Android Oreo’s annoying notification problem for you? Do you prefer to have those notifications there? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

Brian Reigh
Brian Reigh is a part-time contributor focused on Android-related news and features. He has always been passionate about tech, especially mobile.