How To: Fix Delayed Notifications on Your Galaxy S8 or S8+

Fix Delayed Notifications on Your Galaxy S8 or S8+

The Note 7 debacle taught Samsung an important lesson on cramming oversized batteries into their handsets, and they've applied it diligently to their Galaxy S8 and S8+. You might even say the company has gone a little too far in trying to achieve a balance between battery size and battery life, as it not only not only sets screen resolutions to 1080p by default and warns users about maxing out display brightness, but it also keeps close tabs on individual apps' battery usage.

That last battery-saving feature can cause delays with an app's push notifications. This may not seem like a big deal for the majority of applications, but instant push notifications are absolutely essential for messaging apps. A late notification concerning your work or private life can have potentially disastrous effects on both.

Fortunately, there is a way to disable this feature, with the added advantage of toggling it individually for each app to help preserve battery life. The catch is that you have to dig pretty deep into the phone's settings to access areas you'd least expect. So here's a quick guide to help you navigate through the S8's maze of settings and achieve faster push notifications.

Step 1: Find the Battery Optimization Menu

On your home screen, swipe down from the top and tap on the cog-shaped settings icon in your Quick Settings menu. Once in the Settings page, scroll down and select "Apps."

Next, tap on the three-dot menu icon on the upper-right corner of the screen and choose 'Special access." From there, select "Optimize battery usage," and proceed to the next and final step.

Step 2: Disable Battery Usage Optimization

Next tap on "Apps not optimized" right below the title of the page to open a drop-down menu, then select "All apps" to display all of the apps that the setting covers. From here, find any apps that have been experiencing issues with delayed push notifications, then simply disable the switch next to them. Turning off battery optimization for these apps will ensure that they can run in the background and receive timely push notifications.

It's highly recommended that you disable this setting for messaging and chat applications, as untimely notifications for these can have a very negative impact on our personal and professional lives. Did disabling battery optimization help speed up the push notifications on your S8 or S8+? Leave a comment down below and share your thoughts or any other tips on how to ensure your notifications are always on time.

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Do you happen to know the same problem for the S7 because disabling battery-saving for EVERY app did not solved the issue. Hardware reset neither. Elsewhere I read that you should also disable the google-app, but not sure yet if that is gonna solve the rather annoying problem of randomly missing appointments. I'll try to report back if disabling the google-app worked. Samsung should really do something about the fact that something as important as a reminder, by default is on battery saving!

My apologies for my rather aggressive reaction, but I'm really very angry about this issue!

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