Understand how iPhone notifications work and use them to your advantage in this free lesson.
Notifications alert you to many things on your iPhone, including incoming messages, new emails, and calendar events. Notifications work slightly differently for each app, but they're easy to customize. In this lesson, we'll show you how to modify the Notification Center and choose which apps will appear there.
The Notification Center keeps all of your notifications in one place. Simply swipe down from the top of the screen to open it at any time, even from the lock screen.
By default, the Notification Center shows you your Recent alerts, starting with your newest at the top. From the Recent notifications screen, you can swipe right to access notifications for Today. This includes any events on your calendar, top new stories, weather, and more.
Notifications will remain in the Notification Center until they are dismissed, or cleared. To clear a notification, tap the X, then press Clear.
Notifications cannot be cleared from the Today view.
It's easy to customize the Notification Center to suit your needs. For example, you can turn certain views on and off and choose which apps to include in the Notification Center. You can also customize other notifications for individual apps, like sounds and badges.
Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn more about setting app notifications.
Enable this option to display notifications for the app on the lock screen. You can swipe a notification on the lock screen to unlock your iPhone and go directly to the source of the notification.
Turn this control on to see notifications as a badge on the app icon. These will appear as numbers in small red circles in the top-right corner of the app icon.
You can turn sound notifications on or off, depending on your preference. If the app is especially important to you, sounds can help to get your attention quickly.
Turn this control on to show notifications from the app in the Notification Center.
You can turn all notifications on or off using this control.
Choose the desired alert style for the app. You can choose between Banners, pop-up Alerts, or None. You'll also be able to view notifications for the app in the Notification Center, as long as you have that option enabled.