Glimpse Notifications

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About this app

Tired of having to press the power button to see new notifications?
Ex-iPhone user and cannot believe your Android doesn't offer such a basic function?
Your new phone doesn't have LED notification anymore?
Want to pull your phone out of your bag or pocket and immediately have it enabled?
Like to get repeated reminders for pending notifications?

Then this app is for you!


• Keeps using the secure system lock screen
• Control how long the lock screen is shown
• Choose which apps whose notifications should turn on the screen
• Quiet Times to prevent the screen from turning on at a bad time
• Supports System Do Not Disturb (DnD) modes
• Extensive pocket mode to prevent the screen from turning on in your pocket
• Double-tap to lock on the lock screen (only < Oreo)
• Recurring notifications
• Motion detection notices when you picket up the phone to check a new notification
• App is as energy efficient as possible
• This is a private pet project - so it's free! No data is being collected!


Caschys Blog (German):


XDA Development Thread:


Depending on your configuration, this app may need the Device Administrator permission.

To implement several (optional) features, Glimpse Notifications may need to turn off the screen. By default no special permissions are needed for this. To improve security or for a better user experience you may give the app device administrator or accessibility service permissions.


Android devices are quite diverse and not all functions work equally well everywhere. The FAQ (English) contains a lot of hints how to configure this app for devices by Sasmung, Huawei, Xiaomi, OnePlus, ...


Glimpse Notifications only shows the lock screen, it doesn't render the notifications. To see notifications from, for instance, your texting app, your need to open system settings and allow the texting app to show notifications on the lock screen.


To avoid conflicts, it is recommended to disable Edge lighting or at least remove Glimpse Notifications from Edge lighting.


• BIND_NOTIFICATION_LISTENER_SERVICE: Core permission to have the app being informed about new notifications.
• WAKE_LOCK: needed to turn on the screen


• BIND_DEVICE_ADMIN: to close and lock the screen
• BIND_ACCESSIBILITY_SERVICE: can be given to close the screen with perfect user experience (only Android 9+)
• READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: to determine the duration of custom notification sounds.
• SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW: implement double-tap to lock (only until Android 7)
• VIBRATE: recurring notifications can be indicated using a vibration pattern


Nullgrad Apps cannot be held responsible for damages happening by using this app. This includes, but is not limited to, notifications being missed or misinterpreted due some function of Glimpse Notifications.
Updated on
Sep 6, 2022

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4.85K reviews
A Google user
March 13, 2020
I've tried probably dozens of "notification" apps over the past couple of months. From blinking camera light to pulsating border displays. Some worked initially, then stopped (and yes, I turned off battery optimization). Others failed to work at all. Then I came across Glimpse Notifications 2 weeks ago and decided to try it. Here we are, 14 days later, and it's been working flawlessly. No ads. Lightweight. Minimal permissions. I really like it.
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David Green
October 30, 2021
My reviews can be critical, but not for this app. I've been desperate for a way to have my display wake to see incoming notifications, and this app does just that! It's an honest app, too. It didn't sneak in unwanted features, abuse permissions, or hide telemetry. It's wonderfully unobtrusive, efficient, and I have yet to encounter a bug/issue. The programming is solid and the app is simple to use. It's free, no ads, and the developer even appears to provide support. Wow! Thank you so much!
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Nullgrad Apps
November 20, 2021
Thanks for the kind words! I am always happy to see my efforts are appreciated, and even happier to know the app is (still!) useful!
Boat Nerd Bob `
May 22, 2022
Exactly what I wanted ! Thank you so much! I was shocked that there were not dozens of apps like this here. Some came kinda close, but none were capable of doing the following: 1- Create a Notification that I have missed something, and Alert me by playing a sound. 2- Repeat that sound every so many minutes. 3- Then, repeat #2 so many times, then stop. Example: Play a sound - every 5 min - 5 times. This was the "only" app that would do that. He's a genius. I wish he charged. Thank you sir.
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What's new

· update dependencies
· adhere policy for Accessibility API
· improve compatibility with new Android versions
· improve compatibility with always-on displays
· bug fixes and performance improvements
· 👏 to all translators!

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