Notify! displays Android notifications on the lockscreen

Martin Brinkmann
May 6, 2014
Updated • Jun 6, 2014
Apps, Google Android

I have configured my Android phone to lock the phone automatically when I hit the power button, and after a certain period of inactivity.

While I'm notified with a sound or vibration when I receive a new notification, I can only see the icon but do not know what it is about until I unlock the phone and check it out.

Sometimes I prefer to read the notification or at least part of it without that hassle, especially when I'm doing something else and do not have time for that.

The basic idea of the Android application Notify! is to display new notifications on your phone's lock screen.

It needs to be configured before it can do so though. First thing you need to do is enable notification access for it. This can be done with two taps after you have launched the application.

The second thing is to replace the current lock screen with the Notify! widget. To do so, long-tap on the current widget and remove it. Tap on the plus icon afterwards and select Notify! from the selection.

Once that is out of the way, you can start to customize the application.


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The free version is somewhat limited when it comes to that, but more about that later. The most important screen is the app screen.

Here you find listed all installed applications, and you can enable one, some or all apps. If you enable an app, its notifications will be displayed on the lock screen. The list is not sorted alphabetically unfortunately, which means that it may take a while before you find the app that you want to enable.

It makes sense to only select important apps from the list as you may be flooded with unimportant notifications otherwise that may push out the important ones.

You can modify a couple of other settings besides selecting the applications that you want to see notifications from when the device is locked.

You can hide the clock and marquee on the lock screen, modify the clock and data font size, switch to a 24-hour format from the default 12-hour format, and change how days and months are displayed (abbreviated or not).

Usage and Verdict

One of the cooler features of the application is that you can display the email body on the lockscreen without enabling it. While that is handy at times, it can also be a issue, for instance if your phone or tablet falls into the wrong hands.

If you have enabled emails for instance, someone could use the information displayed in those emails, for instance to reset account passwords or use authentication pins for apps.

I would not use this for email because of that, while I do not have issues using it for chat applications for example.

Notify! has its uses, and if you are careful when it comes to the selection of apps you want to see notifications from on the lockscreen, then there is nothing wrong with using it for that purpose.

All in all a handy application.

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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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