Recently noticed my Ubuntu 16.10 install on a Lenovo X220 laptop with WWAN network card (Ericsson Business Mobile Networks) started showing the indicator-messages indicator (a little envelope icon) containing two items, Phone calls and SMS.

I have tried solutions related to apps interacting with that indicator like disabling integration in Thunderbird like this, but none of them have worked.

The only solution i have found is to remove the indicator-messages package, but i want to keep it installed.

Can anyone help me with removing Phone calls and SMS entries from indicator-messages and/or completely hide the indicator, as in freshly installed Ubuntu?.


  • You should avoid expressions like "I have tried solutions related to apps" and post a link to an example answer of your tests.
    – dgonzalez
    Jan 20, 2017 at 3:47

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I had the same issue on my Lenovo x220 also running Ubuntu 16.10 for the last weeks until I found a suitable solution.

I think the problem at least in my case started when somehow received a phone call on the number associated to the SIM card in my laptop.

The easyest workaround is to set to its default values the indicator-messages contents, then it doesn't show.

You can directly achieve this from terminal running:

gsettings set com.canonical.indicator.messages applications "[]"

If you feel uncomfortable with terminal you can achieve the same result using dconf-editor.

First install dconf-editor with sudo apt install dconf-editor. Then open dconf-editor from Unity's Dash and navigate to: com->canonical->indicator->messages on the left pane's tree. Then click on applications on the right pane and set to [] the Custom value field in the popup window, then hit Apply button.

I had to reboot to see changes in action (maybe a close and open your session suffices).

Hope it helps.

  • 1
    Wow, it worked like a charm! It was making me crazy for two weeks too! Thanks you so much!!!
    – HoneyMoney
    Jan 20, 2017 at 4:08
  • Glad to read it helped you out.
    – dgonzalez
    Jan 20, 2017 at 4:10

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