Find out what apps are using the default notification sound

My phone produces frequent notifications using the default sound (which I can set), but I want to find out which apps are generating these default notification sounds.

I have set different sounds for the messaging, calendar, email and alarm , and they work as expected.

I have turned off almost all other app notifications in the Note 5 settings and the ones that are enabled are set for "pop up" messages. In those, there is no setting for sound. It would be great if I had a diagnostic app that listed which apps had which notification sounds assigned. At least that would help. Any ideas?

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I had distinctive sounds set for most of the apps I rely upon, and I was able to silence the annoying notifications by setting the default to silent. However, with default set to a particular sound, I still got fairly frequent and irregular default notifications.

Thanks for the tip on using the developer options to check the CPU activity. I think the problem is "" . However, I don't know what app generates that CPU process. Can you advise?


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Set a distinctive 'default' notification sound and wait for it to happen. Then have a look at what's running.

Or, you could keep the processes/CPU usage overlay in developer options on and sit there watching it to see when it makes the sound and what comes up.

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What worked for me was setting the CPU usage overlay and seeing that would come up after an unexpected notification sound.

Force-stopping it and clearing the cache seems to have been enough to make it behave.


How do I set the cpu usage overlay?


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