How to Set Notification Types on Your iPhone - dummies

How to Set Notification Types on Your iPhone

By Dwight Spivey

Notification Center is a list of various alerts and scheduled events; it even provides information (such as stock quotes) that you can display by swiping down from the top of your iPhone screen. The iPhone Notification Center is on by default, but you don’t have to include every type of notification there if you don’t want to. For example, you may never want to be notified of incoming messages but always want to have reminders listed here — it’s up to you. Some Notification Center settings let you control what types of notifications are included:

  1. Tap Settings and then tap Notifications.
  2. In the settings that appear, you see a list of items to be included in Notification Center.

    You can view the state of an item by reading it directly under the item’s name. For example, under Accuweather, you read “Banners, Sounds, Badges,” indicating the methods of notifications that are enabled for that app.

    iPhone notifications

  3. Tap any item.

    In the settings that appear, set an item’s Allow Notifications switch to On or Off, to include or exclude it from Notification Center.

    iPhone notification center

  4. In the Alerts section, choose to display alerts on the Lock Screen, Notification Center, as Banners, or a combination of one or more.

    You may also decide to have no alerts appear when nothing is checked in the Alerts section.

    If you enable Banners, choose a style by tapping the Banner Style option. Banners will appear and then disappear automatically if you tap the Temporary style. If you choose Persistent, you have to take an action to dismiss the alert when it appears (such as swiping it up to dismiss it or tapping to view it). Tap the Back button in the upper-left to return to the previous screen.

  5. Toggle the Sounds and Badges switches On or Off to suit your taste.
  6. Tap Show Previews to determine when or if previews of notifications should be shown on your iPhone’s screen.

    Options include Always (which is default), When Unlocked (previews only appear when your iPhone is unlocked), or Never. Tap Back to go to the previous screen.

  7. Select a Notification Grouping option.

    This feature is a welcome addition to iOS 12. It feature allows you to group notifications if you like, which can keep things much cleaner, as opposed to seeing every single notification listed. Options include

    • Automatic: Notifications are grouped according to their originating app, but they may also be sorted based on various criteria. For example, you may see more than one group for Mail if you receive multiple emails from an individual; those email notifications may merit their own grouping.
    • By App: Notifications are grouped according to their originating app — period. You’ll only see one grouping for the app, not multiple groups based on the varying criteria, as described for the Automatic setting.
    • Off: All notifications for this app will be listed individually.
  8. Tap the Back button to return to the previous screen.
  9. Tap Notifications in the upper-left corner to return to the main Notifications settings screen.

    When you’ve finished making settings, press the Home button or swipe up from the bottom of the screen (iPhone X models only).