I bet you have been in this situation…

Start {
– Notification arrives
Swipe down gesture
– (Will get back to it later)
Mistakenly dismissed that notification
– (Oh no! How will I remember it ever again now? I wish life had an undo button 😢)
} End
Do not fear, FilterBox is here!

FilterBox is a notification manager app for android that keep tracks of your notifications history and also maintains a notification log that and lets you perform further actions surrounding them— like retrieving them, creating rules, etc.
But, wait, Android already has a notifications history? Yes! Accessible with some pain and looks like this:

Not Latin but the notification text is somewhere to the end, Inconvenient right?

On android 12 though, things get a bit clean, but till it is pretty much bare bones!

This is how things change here in FilterBox:

Now that’s pretty, pretty!

Notification logging and Actions

Give the app the usual notifications access via settings (or else regret) and it will start logging all your notifications then on. Not only will it store your notifications but additionally also allow you to action on them as follows:

  • Open: Opens that notification’s app as usual.
  • Restore: Accidentally dismissed a notification on your phone? FilterBox allows you to restore it back by just a press of a button! Also, there is no time limit or max count to it; only thing is that it can restore only the last 20 notifications (but again, you still have those logs there in the app!), which is more than enough I feel.
  • Add a rule: Will come to it
  • Settings: Will take you to the app’s notification settings (and believe me, the notification controls in Android are very much granular and amazing since notification channels have been introduced on Android – If you are not aware of it, this guide on Android Help will be really helpful. You can do anything with them, snooze them for later, select which apps you want, which notification you want. Here is an example of Google News).

Okay, enough deviation; back to this app now.

  • Exclude: Will exclude notifications from that app from being logged.
  • Debug: Ugh… this could be useful for dev

Notification Rules

This feature is my favorite. It lets you take auto actions (dismiss/mute) depending on the app from which notification arrives or whatever is the content in that notification. So, for example, I quickly get annoyed by messages containing birthday wishes, congratulatory messages, when there are so many people wishing on WhatsApp groups. What will I do is – Create a rule, select the app(s) in which that notification arrives, enter the text which I want the app to detect – here I will add all variations of birthday wishes which I can think of, select the time range for this rule to work and lastly select the action – Mute / Dismiss.

The rule that I created (Left); The notification was auto-dismissed and no noise (Right)

Well, this feature is indeed a lifesaver for me, and I am sure people can be more innovative with these rules to improve their lives!
A real bummer here is that there is no date or days selection in these rules. So, in the above context, I will have to wait for someone to send wishes 🙁

Notifications Analytics & Filters

Proven: Mails and WhatsApp are indeed productivity busters 🙁

Swipe up from that bottom bar, and you’ll see your notifications analyzed for you. Which app bothered you the most, day to day comparisons, etc. Again, one can exclude apps from being logged and hence will not be analyzed (for example, persistent notifications can be excluded as it generally doesn’t make sense keeping those!)

App and rule based filters

Tap that search bar below, and you welcome yourself to the universal search. Here you can search for notifications in basis of the app(s), the text that it contained, and/or to which rules were applied.

User Interface – My favorite section

The UI is so good. I guess CatchingNow (developer) was in a very playful mood while working on this app. The animations are fluid, the color choices are good, the presence of so many apps + selection of colors based on each apps’ primary colors make this app even more attractive!
Themes – It has both your day and night themes, and they are wonderful!

Dawn, Morning, Gloaming, Night

For those wondering…

No, this app does not send your notifications’ data anywhere, they are stored locally on your device Yes, it does collect some crash / bug reports, but you can disable those in settings.
Yes this app has a biometric lock, if required
No, your notifications won’t stay until infinity, there is a max limit of 30 days which you can shorten down
Oh, you can export your created rules and import them back, if at all you uninstall this app or reset your data
Ugh, this app has a 90-day trial period post which there is an IAP of ₹340 ($4.5), but I don’t see any reason for not paying for the app except when you don’t want to pay for the app.

You can try it out here! (Android, Free/IAPs)

FilterBox notification manager
FilterBox notification manager
Developer: Unknown
Price: Free

—–post credits scene—–

I received a lot of feedback on my previous article about using brackets, I was totally aware of it. So, in this article, I’ve achieved a 63% reduction in usage of brackets. (Can’t guarantee what will happen next though – this bracket excluded in the aforementioned analysis)

Have any queries, opinions? – comments are enabled!

stay aware, stay appy 🙂

Categories: DesignProductivity


Anonymous · August 13, 2020 at 10:33 pm

Almost went ahead to install the app but then just saw the developer is from China. No Thanks, I will manage.

    Prajjwal P. · August 14, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    Your concern is justified, you can try BuzzKill too! Even that’s good!

Anonymous · August 14, 2020 at 9:31 pm

thanks for understanding and the suggestion.

    Prajjwal P. · August 15, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    Stay Aware, Stay Appy!😁

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