Use notifications on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

From app alerts to information about your day, notifications keep you up to date so you never miss a thing.

     

Find all of your notifications in one place

In iOS 11, you can see all of your notifications on the Lock screen and quickly access them no matter what screen you’re on. Just swipe down from the top of any screen to interact with your notifications:

  • Respond or see more information: Swipe left over the notification and tap View. If you have an iPhone 6s or later, press deeply on the notification.
  • Open the app that's alerting you: Swipe right over the notification.
  • Clear notifications: Tap , then tap Clear. On iPhone 6s or later, press deeply on  and tap Clear All Notifications.

     

Glance at notifications with Raise to Wake

On iPhone 6s and later, you can use Raise to Wake to quickly glance and interact with your notifications without unlocking your device. Just pick up your phone to wake it up and your recent notifications will appear. 

To respond to a notification on your Lock screen, just press deeply on the notification or swipe left over the notification and tap View.

To see all of your notifications on your Lock screen, including previous ones, swipe up from the center of the screen. 

To limit what you see on the Lock Screen, change your notification settings.

     

Change alert styles and settings for notifications

Customize your notifications with different alert styles so you can quickly act on emails, calendar invites, messages, and more.

To add or change an alert style for a notification, go to Settings > Notifications and select an app. Here are some alert styles that you can choose:

  • Allow Notifications: Turn on to get notifications from the app you selected.
  • Sounds: Have an app play a sound to alert you when you receive a notification.
  • Show on Lock Screen: Turn on to see notifications from the app on your Lock screen.
  • Show in History: See previous notifications from the app you select.
  • Banners: Choose how you want notifications to appear when your device is unlocked. Tap Temporary to have alerts appear on the screen and then go away. Or tap Persistent to have alerts stay on the screen until you act on it.
  • Show Previews: Choose what you want to see when you get a notification, like a text message.

     

Set up location based alerts

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

If you don't want these type of alerts, you can turn them off. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and tap an app to turn on or off alerts based on your location. Learn more about Location Services.

If you don't see notifications for a specific app

To get notifications, connect to a Wi-Fi or cellular network. If you don't get notifications for a specific app, try these steps:

  1. Make sure that the app supports notifications. Go to Settings > Notifications, select the app, and make sure that Notifications are turned on.
  2. If you have notifications turned on for an app but you're not receiving alerts, you might have Banners turned off. Go to Settings > Notifications, turn on Show as Banners and choose a type of banner that you want to see.
  3. Make sure that you’re signed in to your Apple ID. Go to Settings > iTunes & App Stores and enter your Apple ID and password.
  4. Make sure that Do Not Disturb is turned off. Go to Settings > Do Not Disturb and turn it off. Or swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open Control Center and tap .
  5. If you’ve recently installed an app or restored from 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 might affect your ability to receive notifications. Get help using Apple Push Notification service (APNs)

Learn more about Notifications on your Apple Watch.

 

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