Android wear notification is not displayed if FLAG_NO_CLEAR is used

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If flag "FLAG_NO_CLEAR" is used the notification gets not displayed on the Android Wear.

Does anyone know why or any workaround? I didn't find any information in the documentation.

I need the flag "FLAG_NO_CLEAR" on my notifications and have Action button for "dismiss", "snooze" etc.!


Notification flag FLAG_NO_CLEAR basically makes your notification "ongoing". Ongoing notifications posted from phone will NOT be displayed on the wearable device.

You have two solutions to your problem - both of them have advantages and disadvantages. Please read text below and decide which solution will solve your situation better:)

Solution 1 - use group:

You can make use of group feature of Android Wear framework. It's basically created to post many (grouped) notifications on wearable device and one summary notification on phone. But using this mechanism you can also post one ongoing notification on your phone and second notification only on wear. You will end up with one ongoing notification on your phone and one normal notification on your wearable device.

    final NotificationManagerCompat notificationManager = NotificationManagerCompat.from(this);

    // This notification will be shown only on phone
    final NotificationCompat.Builder phoneNotificationBuilder = new NotificationCompat.Builder(this)
        .setSmallIcon(R.drawable.ic_launcher)
        .setContentTitle("Title phone")
        .setContentText("Text phone")
        .setOngoing(true)
        .setOnlyAlertOnce(true)
        .setGroup("GROUP")
        .setGroupSummary(true);

    // This notification will be shown only on watch
    final NotificationCompat.Builder wearableNotificationBuilder = new NotificationCompat.Builder(this)
        .setSmallIcon(R.drawable.ic_launcher)
        .setContentTitle("Title wearable")
        .setContentText("Text wearable")
        .setOngoing(false)
        .setOnlyAlertOnce(true)
        .setGroup("GROUP")
        .setGroupSummary(false);

    notificationManager.notify(0, phoneNotificationBuilder.build());
    notificationManager.notify(1, wearableNotificationBuilder.build());

This method will allow you to post an "alternative" notification for watch only, keeping your ongoing notification on phone. But (as mentioned earlier) the notification on watch cannot be ongoing - it has to be a normal notification. If you really want to have a true ongoing notification on watch you'll need to go for second solution.

Please read more about grouping (stacking) notifications here:
https://developer.android.com/training/wearables/notifications/stacks.html

Solution 2 - create wearable app:

Ongoing notifications from phone won't be shown on watch, but you can create wearable part of your Android application and post your notification directly on Android Wear. You can easily post an ongoing notification from there, but it won't be the same notification as is on phone. You will need to sync them between both devices.

Please read more about DataApi here:
https://developer.android.com/training/wearables/data-layer/index.html
https://developer.android.com/training/wearables/data-layer/data-items.html

You can also take a look at my post where I've posted a code demonstrating how to use a DataApi in practise:
https://stackoverflow.com/a/24896043/3827276