6 Ways to Improve iPhone Notifications
Notifications are a blessing and a curse. They can be great in many situations, but most of them you’re probably unaware of. There are several things we can do to make notifications on your iPhone work a little better.
Unfortunately, the notification situation on the iPhone is a bit messy. There are a lot of settings and options, but Apple doesn’t explain many of them. We’ll show you the things you need to tweak to get the best notification experience on your iPhone.
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Adjust notifications as they come in
The best way to improve notifications is to change them as they come. It’s actually very easy to do on the iPhone. When a notification pops up, slowly swipe left on the notification and select the “Manage” option.
This will immediately give you two options: “Silently deliver” and “Shut down”. There’s also a handy shortcut to full notification settings. It’s a great little shortcut to act on notification settings without having to go hunting.
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Hide sensitive content on the lock screen
One way notifications can get annoying is when they share things you might not want others to see. The lock screen is ripe for these types of notifications, so let’s fix that.
The iPhone allows you to hide the contents of specific notifications on the lock screen. This means that you will still receive the notification and it will appear on the lock screen, but its content will be hidden.
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Group (or ungroup) notifications
Speaking of the lock screen, iPhone notifications from the same app can be grouped together. They appear as a bundle on the lock screen and notification center. This is enabled by default, but can be changed for any application.
Each app has three different options for grouping notifications, “Automatic” is the one that’s enabled by default.
- Automatique: App notifications are intelligently grouped by threads, topics and other criteria.
- By app: All app notifications are grouped together.
- Stopped: Notifications are not grouped at all.
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Make notifications appear “silently”
Notifications don’t have to be loud and annoying. You have the possibility to make them appear “quietly”. This can be done directly from the notification, as shown above, or from the settings.
When a notification is sent discreetly, it simply appears on your device without any fanfare. You’ll still see it in the notification center and home screen badge, but not on the lock screen, and it won’t vibrate or make sounds.
Prevent notifications from turning on the screen
By default, iPhone notifications always turn on the screen. Not only can this be annoying, but it also drains the battery faster if you have a lot of it. Luckily, it can be disabled quite easily.
Each application has three different types of alerts: “Lock Screen”, “Notification Center” and “Banners”. Simply disabling the “Lock screen” option will prevent notifications from activating the screen.
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Turn off notifications when you need to focus
One of the most powerful notification features of the iPhone is called “Focus”. It’s basically a way to create custom “Do Not Disturb” modes for specific situations.
For example, you may want to limit distractions while you study. You can create a “Study” Focus mode that blocks social media notifications and even create a custom home screen layout for those times.
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iPhone notifications can be great and they can be horrible. It’s up to you to customize the experience to your liking. If your iPhone is getting too distracting and frustrating, try these tips.
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