I’ve had Android phones for, like, fifteen years. Over that time, I’ve installed plenty of apps, which are taken across every time I upgrade the phone itself. Probably ten years ago I hit a limit – every useful app was pretty much already installed.
The upshot is that it is very rare indeed for me to install new apps these days.
Two apps, however, that I have installed recently are the WordPress app, when I moved my blog to WordPress, and the Spotify app, when I finally bought a subscription. Both in the last few months.
In that time, my phone started misbehaving. Specifically, it would beep when a notification arrived. Even in the middle of the night – beep, beep – bastard!
Suspicion fell on these two apps. But why would Spotify beep me at all, especially in the middle of the night? Of course, I looked at my phone’s list of notifications, but could not see anything suspicious in there.
It is true that, when I installed the WordPress Android app, I allowed it to send notifications, just on the basis that it would send them sensibly.
So, a few days ago, I changed one of the settings, in the app itself, to turn off notifications. But they kept coming, any time you like.
Of course, that might well indicate that this problem was nothing whatever to do with WordPress, but I wasn’t satisfied.
So, yesterday I went into the phone’s system settings, and revoked permission for the WordPress app to send any kind of notifications. Specifically, just on that one app. The other hundred-odd were still able to send notifications, if they chose.
Last night, I enjoyed my first uninterrupted night’s sleep for weeks.
Badly behaved WordPress? You decide. Let’s just say that in my few months on here, I have heard one particular theme probably above all others.