Notification blocks for example tabs from browser and is very annoying overall. Mouse works fine and will most likely continue working over a month, and battery is really simple to swap. Therefore there is no good reason to keep that notification appearing constantly and a good reason to disable it.

I have tried this answer, no help.

I also tried disable all notifications, no help.

I tried command gconftool --set /apps/gnome-power-manager/notify/low_capacity --type boolean false, no help

I have booted after changing these settings.

Mouse battery low


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There is "NoNotifications", which can intercept notifications and even hide specific ones based on the text they contain

However, when I tried to install it, it failed. Let me know if you get it working.

I also saw a suggestion to uninstall the power indicator

sudo apt remove indicator-power

But this gave me an error that it wasn't installed in the first place. Perhaps it goes by another name now, in Ubuntu 18.04?

I post this answer to point out how many times I've seen this asked in all my searches, and while there are fixes that may have worked in Ubuntu 17.10 and below, they no longer work in 18.04. And too many replies take a condescending "change the batteries" (when in fact these low powered devices will continue to operate on batteries for months or even a year while this notification still pops up) or "this has already been answered" (pointing to these fixes which no longer work), and so, I think we have a bug on our hands.

However, I too do not know what "package" to report (as you also mentioned in one of your comments). Typing "ubuntu-bug" in a terminal and answering "Other" says "You need a PID"...

  • I did apt-get remove indicator-power , and while it didn't give me an error, it did require me to also remove unity-control-center (which prereqs indicator-power), and even after removing both, the mouse-battery notification continues to pop up. Nov 11, 2019 at 22:56
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    @MatthewNajmon Wow... well, for the record, my ultimate solution to this problem was to stop using Ubuntu. Especially since they seem to be gearing towards the information-collecty type behaviour now. Been using MX Linux, which I think is far better - though going to try Manjaro now, just to see if it's more stable, and get graphics tablet support back.
    – Domarius
    Nov 13, 2019 at 11:46
  • Even if removing indicator-power could work, it's won't be an acceptable solution. The power indicator is a MUST feature for laptops. What would be necessary is a way to disable power notifications selectively for some devices.
    – vvaltchev
    Apr 4, 2020 at 19:47

So what worked easily for me (on focal fossa 20.04) is Gui Ambros's patch of the up-device.c upower source file. It comes in the single line command at the bottom of that post. It is a very nasty thing to "wget xxx | bash" so PLEASE do have a look at his explanations:

https://wrgms.com/disable-mouse-battery-low-spam-notification/ And better read your distro's steps on the actual files from Github: install_script.sh aka the steps to set the patch up and running, patch.c aka in c the actual modification.

TL;DR;wadev :

wget -O - https://gist.githubusercontent.com/guiambros/166039459a8579638b57f7d135505ab1/raw/89de0e881f543097155a7ca8ce53248955a7ff54/silent-mouse.sh | bash 

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