How to Manage Notifications on iOS

How to Manage Notifications on iOS

Managing notifications on iOS devices is crucial for maintaining focus and staying organized. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to effectively manage notifications on your iPhone or iPad:

1. Accessing Notification Settings

  • Open Settings: Tap on the Settings app on your iOS device.
  • Select Notifications: Scroll down and tap on Notifications to access notification settings for all apps.

2. Managing Notification Preferences

A. Per-App Notification Settings

  • Customize Notifications:
    • Tap on an app from the list under Notifications to customize its settings.
    • Toggle Allow Notifications on or off to enable or disable notifications from this app entirely.
  • Alert Style:
    • Choose the preferred alert style: Banner (appears briefly at the top of the screen), Temporary Banner (appears and disappears automatically), or Alerts (require action to dismiss).
How to Manage Notifications on iOS

How to Manage Notifications on iOS

  • Sounds:
    • Enable or disable sounds for notifications from this app.
  • Badge App Icon:
    • Toggle on to show or off to hide the app icon badge for notifications.
  • Notification Center, Lock Screen, and Banners:
    • Choose where notifications from this app appear: Notification Center, Lock Screen, and Banners (show briefly at the top of the screen).
  • Notification Grouping:
    • Specify how notifications are grouped: Automatic, By App, or Off (notifications are not grouped).

B. Notification Management Tips

  • Prioritize Notifications:
    • Sort Order: Drag apps in the Notification settings to change the priority order of notifications.
    • Notification Grouping: Choose how notifications are grouped to reduce clutter.
  • Silence Notifications:
    • Use Do Not Disturb mode to temporarily silence notifications during specific times or when the device is locked.
  • Notification Previews:
    • Choose whether to show notification previews Always, When Unlocked, or Never for privacy.

3. Managing Notifications from Notification Center

  • Access Notification Center: Swipe down from the top edge of the screen (top left on older devices) to view recent notifications.
  • Clear Notifications: Swipe left on a notification and tap Clear to dismiss it, or tap Clear All to remove all notifications.

4. Using Screen Time for Notification Management

  • Open Settings: Go to Settings > Screen Time.
  • Downtime: Schedule downtime to limit notifications during specific hours, allowing only calls and apps you choose.

5. Managing Grouped Notifications

  • Expand or Collapse: Tap a grouped notification stack to expand it and view individual notifications.
  • Manage Stack: Swipe left on a notification stack and tap Manage to adjust settings for grouped notifications.

6. Notification Management on Apple Watch

  • Mirror iPhone: Manage notification settings on your Apple Watch to mirror or customize settings from your iPhone.


By following these steps and tips, you can effectively manage notifications on your iOS device to reduce distractions, prioritize important alerts, and streamline your workflow. Customizing notification settings ensures you stay informed without overwhelming your focus, enhancing your overall productivity and user experience on iPhone and iPad.