About Notifications on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

With Notifications you can see alerts and related information for iOS apps. You can see which notifications you have set up in the Notification Center. Learn more about Notifications and how to use them on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

iOS apps on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch have three types of notifications:

  • Sounds/Vibrate: An audible alert plays.
  • Alerts/Banners: An alert or banner appears on the screen.
  • Badges: An image or number appears on the application icon.

Use Notifications

You can access your Alerts and Banners Notifications from any screen, including the Lock screen. Just swipe down from the top of the screen. You can also tap a notification in the Lock screen to open the related app.

By default, your Notifications will show you the Today view, which gives you a summary of what you need to know for the day and a glance at tomorrow. The Notifications view lets you see all of your alerts or those you haven't addressed in the last 24 hours. To see the Notifications view, swipe left while on the Today view.

To see which apps provide notifications and change notification settings, go to Settings > Notifications, and tap the app name. You can also limit what appears on the Notifications screen when using a passcode. Learn how to set up a passcode on your device. 

Interactive notifications

With iOS, interactive notifications let you take timely action on texts, emails, calendar invitations, reminders, and messages. You can access these notifications right from the notification banners without leaving the app you’re currently using.


Turn off and change Notifications settings

If you have an app that could potentially send frequent notifications (like Mail with high-traffic email accounts or Twitter apps), your iOS device could wake frequently to display the notification, and affect battery life. You can disable Show on Lock screen for a particular app in Settings > Notifications, then choose the app and drag to the Do Not Include section.

You can also customize what you see in your Today view. Go to Settings > Notifications, and select which apps you would like to include. You can sort your notifications manually or by time. To sort manually, tap Edit in the upper right corner, select the apps you want, and drag them using the   icon. You can drag the apps to the Include or Do Not Include list, and put the apps in your desired order.

Not getting notifications for a specific app

Push notifications require an active Wi-Fi or cellular connection. If you’re not getting notifications for a specific app, try these steps:

  1. Go to Settings > Notifications to verify that the app supports notifications. If notifications do not appear in the Notification Center, make sure that the Notification Center setting for the app is enabled. 
  2. Make sure you’re signed in to your Apple ID.
  3. If you’ve recently installed an app or restored a backup, open the app to start getting notifications.


Learn more

Notifications use Wi-Fi only when a cellular connection is unavailable. Firewalls and proxy servers may affect your ability to receive notifications. Get help using Apple Push Notifcation service (APNs)

Learn more about Notifications and your device.


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