If you recently uninstalled WhatsApp because of the app’s annoying ability to still send you audible notifications on Android 5.0 Lollipop — even when in Priority mode — we have some good news: the latest update seems to have fixed that right up.
It was an annoying little bug, one that sent Android users in a tissy a few months back, blaming Google for messing everything up in Lollipop. According to Google, Priority notifications were “working as intended” and it was up to app developers to make sure their apps played nice with Lollipop’s new Priority notification mode, or suffer the wrath of angry 1-star reviews from their users.
For the vast majority of you still waiting for Android 5.0 Lollipop to eventually rollout to your device, Android 5.0 through users for a loop after replacing the tried-and-true “Silent” sound profile with their new and improved “Priority” mode which still allows app developers to send sound/vibrate notifications in their apps as they deem fit. WhatsApp situation was unique in that it used the “media” volume to send sound notifications, so technically it wasn’t their fault.
In any case, Android Lollipop users who were worried about the app disturbing their sleep are once again free to download and install WhatsApp via the link below. You can learn more about Android 5.0 and Priority notifications in our “15 Tips and Tricks for Android Lollipop Users” here.