Quick update about the 1.1.1.1 mobile app for Android users

Android

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Two questions that frequently come up about the 1.1.1.1 mobile app for Android are

“Why is there a persistent notification for the 1.1.1.1 app?” and
“Why do I see a notification about battery when I disable notifications for the 1.1.1.1 app?”

I answered both of these questions in our resolver FAQ page but wanted to share the answers here again.

Why is there a persistent notification for the 1.1.1.1 app?

If you are using Android 8 or above, you will see a persistent notification from the 1.1.1.1 app saying “Your DNS queries are private and faster”.

This is required by the Android OS (8.0+) for all apps with background activity.

We set the priority of the notification to be “Low” so that it does not interfere with other important notifications on your phone.

Here is one thing you can do to hide the notification. Note that this will stop you from receiving other notifications from the 1.1.1.1 app. But here you go:

  1. Go to your Settings.
  2. Apps & Notifications.
  3. Open the 1.1.1.1 app setting from the list of apps.
  4. Tap on “Notifications” and disable it.

Why do I see a notification about battery when I disable notifications for the 1.1.1.1 app?

Because you disabled notification for the app the Android OS now sends another notification warning you about battery usage not because it is consuming a lot of battery but because it is running in the background (in this case, securing all of your DNS queries!).

Here is how you can remove it:

  1. Long press on the notification until it changes and shows a toggle.
  2. Tap on the toggle, making sure its greyed out.
  3. Select “Done” to disable the notification.

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