How to Quiet Notifications on iPhone

Do you feel bombarded by iPhone notifications? If so, there’s a way to silence all of your notifications. Or, you can pick and choose the notifications you want to see and those you want to ignore.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
January 24, 2023

Do you feel bombarded by iPhone notifications? If so, there’s a way to silence all of your notifications. Or, you can pick and choose the notifications you want to see and those you want to ignore. Let’s examine how to gain control over your notifications.

This is for the iPhone. Screenshots are from iPhone 14 Pro running iOS 16+

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Using Do Not Disturb Mode

The easiest way to silence your notifications is to turn on Do Not Disturb mode from the Control Center. Swipe down from the very top-right of your screen. Then, select:

Focus > Do Not Disturb

Refer to the below image:

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Accessing the Do Not Disturb button

Using Focus

If you want to schedule Do Not Disturb mode for a specific time, you can use Focus too.

First, launch the Settings app on your iPhone. In Settings, tap:

Focus > Do Not Disturb

See the below image:

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Accessing the Do Not Disturb option from Focus

Next, you can set which notifications you allow (if any) and choose a custom Home or Lock screen to use in Do Not Disturb mode. See the following image:

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Choosing Lock or Home screen

Now, under Set a Schedule, tap Add Schedule to set when you would like to enable Do Not Disturb mode. Refer to the below image:

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About to Set a Schedule

Next, you have three options for setting a schedule. see the below image:

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Set a Schedule via three options

Next, you can set a Time, Location, and App to silence notifications. See the following image:

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Your three options

Quiet App-Specific

If you want to disable notifications for a specific app, you can manage the notification settings for each app on your iPhone.

First, open Settings on your device. Then, tap Notifications. Refer to the below image:

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Accessing Notifications

Next, on the Notifications page, in the Notification Style section, tap the app for which you want to disable notifications. See the below image where we are choosing the ActiveArmor app:

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Selecting an App

Now, on the app page, at the top, toggle OFF the Allow Notifications option. See the following image:

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Toggle Notifications to OFF

Next, a screen will open showing the Allow Notifications option is OFF. Refer to the below image:

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Notifications are OFF for the App

Now, tap the Back icon and notice that notifications for ActiveArmor are OFF. See the below image:

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Showing Notifications is OFF for the App

Your iPhone will not send you notifications from your chosen app.

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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.

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:

Notifications 2
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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How to Block iPhone Text Message Notifications from Unknown Senders

Even if you are already filtering unknown senders in Messages on iPhone, you still might see notifications every time you get a text from an unknown number. To stop that and silence the annoying notifications, you will need to make a change in Settings.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
February 24, 2022

Even if you are already filtering unknown senders in Messages on iPhone, you still might see notifications every time you get a text from an unknown number. To stop that and silence the annoying notifications, you will need to make a change in Settings. Let’s explore how to do this.

This is for the iPhone. Screenshots are from iPhone XR

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First, open Settings (the grey gear icon, usually on your Home Screen). Refer to the below image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, on Settings, scroll down and tap Notifications. See the below image:

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Accessing Notifications

Now, in Notifications, tap Messages. See the following image:

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Accessing Messages

Next, in Messages notification settings, scroll down to the very bottom and tap Customize Notifications. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting Customize Notifications

Now, in Customize Notifications, flip the toggle beside Unknown Senders to the OFF position. See the below image:

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Disable Unknown Senders

Next, exit Settings. Now, we want to enable Filter Unknown Senders. Head to:

Settings > Messages > Filter Unknown Senders

and flip the toggle to ON. See the following image:

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Enable Filter Unknown Senders

Now, you will no longer receive notifications when unknown senders text you.

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How to View Notifications on iPhone and iPad

By now you familiar with notifications and how they can be overwhelming. It’s like having another Inbox to wade through. I have way too many notifications because of way too many apps on this iPhone. Luckily, Apple provides a single location where you can view and manage them called the Notification Center.

By now you familiar with notifications and how they can be overwhelming. It’s like having another Inbox to wade through. I have way too many notifications because of way too many apps on this iPhone. Luckily, Apple provides a single location where you can view and manage them called the Notification Center.

Ii is a centralized interface for reviewing notifications on your device that have been received from apps or the operating system itself.

This is for the iPhone and iPad

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View From Unlocked Screen

To view the Notification Center while your iPhone or iPad is unlocked, swipe downward from the center of the upper edge of the screen. If you have iOS 14 or above you may also swipe down from upper left of your screen.

As a side note, swiping down from upper right will bring up the Control Center. Swiping down from the center will launch the Search screen.

View From Locked Screen

To view Notification Center on the Lock screen, swipe upward from the middle of the screen until it appears.

You can enable or disable Notification Center on the Lock screen by going to

Settings > Touch ID & Passcode or Face ID & Passcode

Then enter your Passcode and scroll down till you see the toggle for Notification Center.

Your Notifications

Once launched, you will see a special screen titled Notification Center that lists your recent notifications. If an app has sent more than one notification, the notifications may be stacked (there will be a number in the notification). Tap the stack to see all of the notifications expanded. Refer to below image where I have 19 stacked notifications :

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Your Notification Center

Now, you can swipe to the right on a particular notification to open it in the originating app. If you swipe quickly to the left, you can clear that notification away. Or if you want to clear all notifications at once, this is a two step process. First, tap the small “X” button beside the Notification Center heading. See below image:

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About to Clear all notifications

Second, tap the Clear text button (where the “X” was) to clear all notifications. See following image:

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Accessing to Clear all notifications

You can also turn off certain notifications from this screen by slowing swiping your finger to the left of a notification. Next, tap Manage in the options that appear. Refer to below image:

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Manage a notification

If notifications continue to get on your nerves, you can disable them on a per app basis in Settings. Head to

Settings > Notifications

then tap an app you would like to manage. There, you can select the type notifications you would like to receive or disable them completely. For your apps, enable or disable the Allow Notifications toggle as you wish. When finished, tap the Back text button and exit Settings. See below image:

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Toggle for Allow Notifications on per app basis

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