Use notifications on your iPhone or iPad

Find out how to view and manage your notifications to minimise interruptions throughout the day.

Open from the Lock Screen

You can see your recent notifications on the Lock Screen by picking up your iPhone or waking your iPad. You can also do these things from the Lock Screen:

iPhone showing how to open notifications from the Lock Screen 

  • Tap a single notification to open the app that it's from.
  • Tap a group of notifications to view all recent notifications from that app. 
  • Swipe left over a notification to manage alerts for that app, or clear the notification.
  • Touch and hold a notification to view the notification and perform quick actions if the app offers them.

To display the contents of notifications on the Lock Screen without unlocking your device, go to Settings > Notifications > Show Previews and select Always.

Open from Notification Centre

Notification Centre shows your notifications history, allowing you to scroll back and see what you've missed. There are two ways to see your alerts from the Notification Centre:

  • From the Lock Screen, swipe up from the middle of the screen.
  • From any other screen, swipe down from the centre of the top of your screen.

To clear your notification history, tap the Close button , then tap Clear.


Manage notifications

To manage your notifications from the Lock Screen or Notification Centre:

iPhone showing how to manage notifications 

  1. Swipe left over an alert or group of alerts.
  2. Tap Options, then select from these options: 
    • Mute for 1 Hour
    • Mute for Today
    • View Settings
    • Turn Off

You can also tap View Settings to change your alert styles or alert settings for a specific app.

An iPhone showing Notifications settings with the Stack display option selected. 

Change how notifications appear

Requires an iPhone with iOS 16 or later

  1. Go to Settings > Notifications.
  2. Under Display As, choose how you want notifications to appear on the Lock Screen:
    • Count: displays the total number of notifications at the bottom of the screen. You can tap the count to see notifications.
    • Stack: displays notifications stacked at the bottom of the screen, with the most recent notification at the top.
    • List: displays notifications in a list.

Schedule a notification summary

With iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 or later, you can schedule times to receive a summary of notifications each day so you can catch up when it's convenient for you. The summary is personalised to you and ordered by priority based on how you use your apps. The most relevant notifications will appear at the top.

iPhone showing a notification summary on the Lock Screen. In the summary, you can see notifications from the Yelp, ESPN and Reddit apps. 

To schedule a notification summary: 

  1. Go to Settings > Notifications > Scheduled Summary, then turn on Scheduled Summary.
  2. Under Apps in Summary, select the apps you want to include in your notification summary.
  3. Under Schedule, tap the Add button  to add a new schedule or the Remove button  to remove a schedule. Then adjust the time for each scheduled summary you've set up.

To add new apps to the summary, go back to Settings > Notifications > Scheduled Summary and select the apps under Apps in Summary. Each app will appear with a number, which is the average number of notifications you receive from that app each day.


Change alert styles

  1. Go to Settings and tap Notifications.
  2. Select an app under Notification Style. 
  3. Under Alerts, choose the alert style you want. If you turn on Allow Notifications, you can choose when you want the notifications to be delivered – immediately or in the scheduled notification summary.

With iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 or later, you can turn on Critical Alerts for supported apps, so notifications will come through even if your iPhone is muted or you've set up a Focus.

iPhone showing how to change alert styles 

Change group notification settings

  1. Go to Settings and tap Notifications.
  2. Select an app and tap Notification Grouping.
  3. Select one of these options:
    • Automatic: the notifications from the app will be grouped according to organising criteria within the app, such as by topic or thread.
    • By App: all of the notifications from the app will be grouped together.
    • Off: turn off grouping.

Turn off notifications for specific apps

  1. Go to Settings > Notifications, then tap Siri Suggestions.
  2. Turn off any app.

Change how notifications appear on the Lock Screen

  1. Go to Settings > Notifications and select an app.
  2. Tap Show Previews and choose an option.

iPhone showing how to turn on location-based alerts 

Set up location-based alerts

Some apps will use your location to send you relevant alerts based on where you are. For example, you may get a reminder to call someone when you get to a specific place or when you leave to go to your next location.

If you don't want to receive these types of alert, you can turn them off. Go to Settings > Privacy & Security > Location Services, then tap an app to turn alerts on or off based on your location. Find out more about Location Services.


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