Notifications Tab Help

The Notifications tab shows a list of notifications from the database Buzzby is building from all the notifications that appear on your phone. The list shows notifications over a selected period. Filter rules determine whether some of the notifications in the date range will be hidden. Tapping on rows lets you jump to other apps, visit websites, or view and edit rules that determine whether notifications should cause a buzz, be hidden, or matched against the ticker text.

What is the icon on each row?
Can I change the columns?
I suppose each row is a notification?
Can I change a notification?
What is a 'Ticker'?
Can I change the ordering of the list?
Why do some notifications have a green background?
What is the blue bar on the left of the notification?
How do I stop a notification from buzzing me?
There is too much stuff in the notification list.
I think there should be more notifications in the list.
I can see notifications appear in the list but I don't get buzzed.
I'm a developer, can I see more detail in notifications?
Things appear on my phone's top line, but they never make it into Buzzby.
I need to stop all the buzzing for a while without changing filters, etc.
What are the 2 numbers at the right end of the date line?
What does 'now' on the button at the top mean?
Where did the date and time on the 'to' button come from?
How do I choose the date range for Notifications?
See the entry in the manual.

What is the icon on each row?

Sometimes it's the icon of the app that produced the notification displayed in the row, but sometimes it's an icon related to the notification content.

Can I change the columns?

The spacing and order of the columns is set by Buzzby, but you can choose which columns are shown by going to the Options tab and tapping the 'Select columns' button. The column ordering is also fixed.

The rows are always sorted in time sequence with the most recent at the top of the list.

I suppose each row is a notification?

Correct, a selection of items from a notification are displayed in each row.

You can use the 'Column selection' button in the Options tab to choose a different set of items.

Can I change a notification?

No, they are stored on arrival and never altered.

What is the 'Ticker' column?

It's a combination of items from the notification. Buzzby automatically gathers the items into a single field.

There are a number of plain text fields that might be in a notification and the ticker text here is from all the plain text fields available.

For some notifications you may see a "|" character, this represents the boundary between one of the notification's text fields and another.

A detailed list of the fields used from a notifications is given here.

Can I change the ordering of the list?

No. It's always ordered by most recent timestamp to oldest timestamp within the period selected by the buttons at the top of the list.

Why do some notifications have a green background?

If the notification was allowed to buzz when it arrived, it's background is set green.

What is the blue bar on the left of the notification?

The blue bar provides two pieces of information. If the upper part is blue you have never tapped on the notification. Once you tap on a notification and bring up it's summary panel the top blue bar disappears. The bar shows you which notifications you have visited.

How do I stop a notification from buzzing me.

Choose the tab where you see the notification list and scroll through till you find the notification you want to silence. As an example we'll use the top notification in the screen capture below:

Just as a check, the notification's row should have a green background (that means that the notification buzzed you). Next, tap on the row to make the summary panel appear. Then tap on the line that start with 'Buzz -...' and another panel will appear like the following:

To stop that type of notification from buzzing you it's probably enough to the check the app name and active boxes so that it all looks like this:

Then just tap on the 'Create new rule' button and the next time the notification occurs it won't buzz. It will also be shown with a black background indicating no buzz was attempted.

The notifications caught by the rule can be made more narrow by checking more boxes. Read here to look into that. In any case, you can change your mind later and modify this rule by just tapping in the same place to bring up the summary panel and then selecting the panel for editing buzz rules.

After the panel is gone, if you successfully created the rule to stop this notification from buzzing, you will see a narrow yellow bar to the left of the app icon:

The yellow bar means the notification would not have buzzed based on the rules currently in place. You can scroll through the list and see if your new rule affected other notifications (any affected notifications will also have sprouted a yellow bar).

There is too much stuff in the notification list.

You can reduce the number of visible notifications by creating filter rules. Scroll through the list of notifications looking at the ones you don't want to see anymore. You need to notice what they have in common (like the same app name or same id). Tap on the row of one of those notifications and the summary panel appears. Tap on the button that starts with 'Filter - ' to get another panel like the one below:

Check the box or boxes which characterize the notifications you want to disappear and also check the 'Active' box. In the example below we decided all the notifications which have the app name should go regardless of id, so we check just two boxes:

Then tap 'Create new rule' and the list of notifications will be redrawn removing any that match the filter you just created.

If you want to see what filters exist (and perhaps modify them) go to the 'Options' tab and tap the 'Filter rules' button.

I think there should be more notifications in the list.

Perhaps you need to extend the time frame over which the notifications are selected for display.

Check that the 'from' date button says 'now'. If not, tap the button and choose 'Default' to exit the panel that pops up.

Check the 'to' date in the button on the right above the notifications. If it doesn't go back as far as you think it should, you can set it to an earlier date by tapping it, or, if it is set for default operation, go to the 'Options' tab and increase the number of days for the default day range.

If it's not a date range issue, perhaps there are filter rules hiding notifications you would like to see. Go to the 'Options' tab and tap on the 'Filter rules' button. You can uncheck some or all the active rules to increase the number of notifications displayed. Once all filter rules are inactive, you are seeing all the notifications Buzzby has saved.

I can see notifications appear in the list but I don't get buzzed.

If a notification caused a buzz it's background is green like the middle line in the image below:

If a rule stopped a notification from buzzing it is shown with a black background:

So if the line in the list has a black background you need to change or delete the rule which stopped Buzzby from buzzing you. To look at/change the rule, tap on the notification and the summary panel like the one below will appear:

Since the notification didn't buzz there will be one or more buzz rules present. The count at the end of the 'Buzz -...' line tells you how many rules matched this notification. If you tap on the 'Buzz -...' button a new panel appears and you will see the details of the existing rules. Only the rules which are active stop buzzing. You can either delete rules or just uncheck the 'Active' box. In this example we unticked the 'Active' box:

When you have made the changes tap the rule on the bottom right to save them, or the bottom left to leave everything unchanged.

If you wanted the rule to buzz and made the correct change then the line with the notification will show a green bar on the left to indicate that the notification would have produced a buzz under the current state of the buzz rules.


The extra blue line to the left of the green one on some notifications indicates we haven't ever tapped on the notification.

I'm a developer, can I see more detail in notifications?

Yes, Buzzby saves quite a lot of information per notification, but mainly text and numbers. If you go to the 'Options' tab and tap on 'Select columns' you can see what is being saved. To see what elements of the notification go into the ticker text see the documentation here.

Things appear on my phone's top line, but they never make it into Buzzby.

Usually that means Buzzby is not allowed to see the notifications that pop up in the phone's top line. If so, when you start Buzzby a panel like the one below appears:

Android security restrictions by default stop apps from seeing the entries in the top line, but there is a security setting that the phone owner can use to explicitly allow an app to access top line notifications. Buzzby is a safe for allowing this as the app does not ask for network access and any information it sees on your phone stays on your phone.

To allow Buzzby to access to the notifications, tap on the button at the bottom right to go to the security settings panel that let's you grant access:

Check the box to give Buzzby access. Android will pop up a panel to check you really mean it:

OK the confirmation panel. Then tap your way back to Buzzby and the original box complaining about no access to notifications should be gone.

If the complaint is still there, you will need to turn the power on your phone off and then on again as Android is a little confused about allowing access, but a phone power cycle usually sorts that out.

Another possiblity is that the date range excludes new arrivals. Check that the 'from' button above the Notification list says 'now':

If it doesn't and has a date and time instead then that will be the reason you don't see recent arrivals. To fix that, tap on that first button with the date and time and then exit the panel that appears using the 'Default' button. The button should have 'now' in it and you will see notifications as they arrive.

I need to stop all the buzzing for a while without changing filters, etc

On the 'Options' tab there is a checkbox at the top which when unchecked stops all buzzing (including sound) from Buzzby without changing the rest of the functionality (extracting text, hiding notifications, etc.).


While the box is unchecked you can still do all the operations in Buzzby (creating, editing, deleting rules, etc.).

When you are ready to turn the buzzing on again just check the box.

What are the 2 numbers at the right end of the date line?

The number before the slash indicates how many notifications are displayed in the notification list. The second number is the number of notifications in the database between the 'from' and 'to' dates.


If filter rules have matched, only some of the total number of notifications will be displayed.

As notifications come in you will see the numbers tick upwards.

To reduce the time it takes to refresh the list, Buzzby initially stops filling the list at 100 items. If you start scrolling down the list, Buzzby will try to find more items in the date range that can be displayed and add them to the back end of the list.

While Buzzby is still finding notifications for the list the number s will be yellow. When Buzzby has finished searching the date range the numbers are shown in white.

What does 'now' on the button at the top mean?

'now' is the default setting for the 'from' date.

It makes Buzzby keep displaying new notifications at the top of the list as they come in.

If the button shows an explicit date and time, then new arrivals won't be shown till you explicitly adjust the 'from' date again.

If you tap on the 'from' button a panel appears allowing you to set it to default or to a specific time.

When you change the date on the button, Buzzby will refresh the notification list to conform to the selected date range.

Where did the date and time on the 'to' button come from?

If the 'from' button shows 'now', then Buzzby automatically keeps adjusting the 'to' date to be some number of days from the present time. The number of days used comes from the default day range selected on the Options tab.

If you tap on the 'to' button you can set it default (it will adjust automatically if the 'from' button says 'now'), or to a specific date.

When you change the date on the button, Buzzby will refresh the notification list to conform to the selected date range.

How do I choose the date range for Notifications?

Tap on either of the 'to' or 'from' buttons to show a panel which lets you choose starting date ('from' button) or ending date ('to' button) for the range of notifications displayed.

When you change the date on the button, Buzzby will refresh the notification list to conform to the selected date range.