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How to customize Active Notifications on a Moto X

Control which apps cause your Moto X's screen to light up with a notification.

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The Moto X has a pretty sweet new feature in Active Notifications, but sometimes the notifications are too active. With the Moto X having an AMOLED screen, battery life isn't a huge issue when it comes to Active Notifications, as the entire screen doesn't have to be lit up to display alerts, but over the course of a day, countless alerts will still take a toll on your battery.

Do you really care about every Instagram like or Foursquare check-in alert? Or maybe you simply don't care enough about your e-mail to constantly be alerted to new messages.

Thankfully, Motorola has built in the means to control which apps will display notifications on your screen when the device is locked.

Removing an app from Active Notifications is simple. Start by launching the Settings app and selecting Active Notifications from the list of options.

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  • The second option on the next screen is "Manage notification types." Select this option to begin eliminating apps that you don't want to send you alerts.
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  • Scroll through the list and find the app or apps you'd like to revoke the notification privileges of. Keep in mind, unchecking this box will still allow the app to alert you in the classic Android notification tray; this just prevents the app from lighting your screen up with a notification.

Should you change your mind and want to bring back notifications for an app, just follow the same process outlined above and check the little box next to the app.