Four Ways to Improve Notifications on iPhone

Notifications are a blessing and a curse. They can be great in a lot of situations, but you probably ignore most of them.

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RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
December 6, 2022

Notifications are a blessing and a curse. They can be great in a lot of situations, but you probably ignore most of them. 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 does not explain a lot of them well. Let’s explore some things to get the best notification experience.

This is for the iPhone. Screenshots are from iPhone XR running iOS 16+

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Stop 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 get a lot of them.

Each app has three different types of alerts it can do; Lock Screen, Notification Center, and Banners. Simply turning off the Lock Screen option will prevent notifications from turning on the screen. First, head to:

Settings > Notifications

and scroll down and find an app, then tap on the app. Under the Alerts section, uncheck the Lock Screen option. Refer to the below image:

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Disabling the Lock Screen option

Delivery Quietly

Notifications do not have to be loud and annoying. You have the option to make them appear Quietly. This can be done directly from the notification, as shown above, or from Settings.

When a notification is delivered quietly, it basically just appears on your device without any fanfare. You will still see it in the Notification Center and Home screen badge, but not on the Lock screen, and it will not vibrate or make a sound.

First, head to:

Settings > Notifications

and scroll down and find an app, then tap on the app. Under the Alerts section, check the Notification Center option. See the below image:

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Enabling Deliver Quietly option

Group/Ungroup

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 it can be tweaked for any app.

Each app has three different options for Notification Grouping, Automatic is the default.

  • Automatic: The Notifications from the app are intelligently grouped by threads, topics, and other criteria.
  • By App: All the Notifications from the app are grouped together.
  • OffNotifications are not grouped at all.

Just tap on Notification Grouping to see the options See the following image:

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Selecting Group or Ungroup option

Using Focus

One of the iPhone’s most powerful notification features is called Focus. It’s essentially a way to make personalized Do Not Disturb modes for specific situations. First, head to:

Settings > Focus

and select one or create your own. Refer to the below image:

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Setup Focus

iPhone notifications can be great and they can be awful. It’s up to you to customize the experience to your liking. If your iPhone is becoming too much of a distraction and frustration, try the above tips.

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