The iPhone is a notification machine. If it’s not checked, it will ping all the little things from each application, all day long. It’s time to take control and master iPhone notifications once and for all.
Turn Off Notifications for Annoying Apps
The best time to act on applications that send you annoying notifications is when you get it. If you are running iOS 12 and higher, you can now turn off notifications for an application without entering the Settings application.
From the Notification Center, swipe left on the notification and tap the “Manage” button.
If you want to turn off notifications for apps that haven’t sent you notifications, you must launch the “Settings” application, then tap the “Notifications” option. From there, select the application in question.
Now, tap the switch next to the “Allow Notifications” option. Instantly, all notifications that enter from the application will be stopped, and you will not see the notification indicator on the application badge too.
Deliver Notifications Quietly
Apple’s Deliver Quietly feature is another gift for notification management that was first introduced on iOS 12. When you swipe the notification in the Notification Center and tap the “Manage” button, you will see the “Deliver Quietly” option.
When you tap it, the notification from the given application will enter silent mode. They will still be visited when you open the Notification Center, but they will not appear on the Lock screen, nor will they notify you.
You can deactivate the feature by returning to the manage notifications screen and tapping the “Deliver Prominently” option.
Preview Notifications Without Unlocking
If you use an iPhone X device with a Face ID, you might have noticed that all notifications are hidden until you unlock your device. That can be a little annoying if you just want to see notifications and you don’t feel a big risk of privacy by not hiding notifications on the Lock screen.
You can enable notification preview on the Lock screen by going to Settings> Notifications> Show Preview. Here, switch to the “Always” option.
Judiciously Use Do Not Disturb Mode
Do Not Disturb mode on your iPhone helps you allow notifications for a certain period of time, giving you peace of mind. You can schedule Do Not Disturb to activate automatically at night, or you can activate it manually for some time.
Open the “Settings” application and select the “Don’t Disturb” option. If you only want to activate the feature for now, tap the switch next to the “Don’t Disturb” option.
Or, tap the switch next to “Scheduled” to place this on the schedule. Select the “From” and “To” timings, and leave the rest to your iPhone.
Alternatively, you can open the Control Center and tap and hold the “Don’t Disturb” icon (crescent icon) to see contextual options. Here, you can choose to activate the Do Not Disturb mode for only one hour, until tonight, or until you leave your current location.
Consider Keeping Your Phone Always in Silent Mode
Semi-Permenately activating Silent Mode on your iPhone is something that not everyone will be able to do. But if your work does not depend on answering every call or message immediately, you should seriously consider keeping your iPhone in silent mode. This becomes easier if you have an Apple Watch (which will notify you of notifications by gently tapping your wrist).
When you flick the “Ringer Switch” found on the left side of the iPhone and use Silent Mode, your life becomes very happy. Even though your iPhone will still vibrate (you can even change it from Settings), it won’t produce sound.
You can keep checking your iPhone every hour to find out what’s new or if you missed something important.
Enable Emergency Bypass So Family Can Always Reach You
Do Not Disturb mode combined with Silent mode is fun, but sometimes it can be very deadly. At this time, Apple does not offer granular controls for Do Not Disturb mode. It’s impossible to say that if you get a notification from a certain application, always make a sound.
But there are exceptions and that is for phone calls and messages. You can use the Emergency Bypass feature. Once activated for contacts, your iPhone will ring and vibrate, no matter if your iPhone is in Do Not Disturb or Silent mode.
You must activate Emergency Bypass for your family members, significant others, or your closest friends. To do this, open the “Contacts” application or the Phone application and navigate to the contact.
Here, tap the “Edit” button and select the “Ringtone” option. From the top of the menu, tap the switch next to “Emergency Bypass” to activate the feature.
Enable LED Flash For Visual Feedback
Your iPhone has accessibility options to make it easier to recognize when there are calls or notifications. The LED Flash feature will produce an LED flash that is on the back of your iPhone. This way you can find out when you have a new notification even though you cannot feel the vibrations of your iPhone when in silent mode.
To activate this feature, go to Settings> Accessibility> Audio / Visual. Here, tap the switch next to the “LED Flash for Alerts” option and make sure that the “Flash on Silent” option is also selected.