NotificationCompat.Builder mBuilder = (NotificationCompat.Builder) new NotificationCompat.Builder(context) .setSmallIcon(R.drawable.some_small_icon) .setContentTitle("Title") .setContentText("This is a test notification with MAX priority") .setPriority(Notification.PRIORITY_MAX);
When notification contains image and you want to auto expand image when notification received use "PRIORITY_MAX", you can use other priority levels as per requirments
Different Priority Levels Info:
PRIORITY_MAX -- Use for critical and urgent notifications that alert the user to a condition that is time-critical or needs to be resolved before they can continue with a particular task.
PRIORITY_HIGH -- Use primarily for important communication, such as message or chat events with content that is particularly interesting for the user. High-priority notifications trigger the heads-up notification display.
PRIORITY_DEFAULT -- Use for all notifications that don't fall into any of the other priorities described here.
PRIORITY_LOW -- Use for notifications that you want the user to be informed about, but that are less urgent. Low-priority notifications tend to show up at the bottom of the list, which makes them a good choice for things like public or undirected social updates: The user has asked to be notified about them, but these notifications should never take precedence over urgent or direct communication.
PRIORITY_MIN -- Use for contextual or background information such as weather information or contextual location information. Minimum-priority notifications do not appear in the status bar. The user discovers them on expanding the notification shade.
References: Material Design Guidelines - notifications