Managing Your Notifications on iPhone 12

The iOS notification system makes it simple to keep track of new notifications and act on them, whether it’s immediately or at a later point. Every notification is stored in one place and can be accessed at any time with a single swipe of the finger. In this section we are going to take you through a comprehensive step-by-step guide of the entire process.

Using the Notification Centre

Step 1 – To access the Notification Centre, swipe your finger down from the top of the screen. Notifications are arranged in stacks according to the app that sent them. Tap one of these stacks to open it and see its notifications.

Step 2 – To clear a single notification, swipe it left and tap the Clear button. To delete all notifications received on a given day, tap the X next to the day and then the Clear button that replaces it. All that day’s notifications go.

Step 3 – Swipe left and tap Manage to customise your notifications without opening Settings. From the pop-up window, you can have notifications from that app arrive quietly, without making a sound, or switch them off altogether.

Tip: Swipe a notification to the right and you see a button marked ‘Open’. Tap this button to open the notification in the app that created it. A notification about an email, for example, opens the email in question. If the notification was from a news app, it opens the story.

Organising your notifications

Step 1 – Open Settings and tap Notifications. Here you see a list of apps that can produce notifications, whether it’s an Apple app that came with your phone or one you have bought and downloaded through the App Store. Tap on one of the apps.

Step 2 – You can edit the way that app sends notifications. These changes are fairly self-explanatory. The changes can be implemented on an app-by-app basis, so you can switch off notifications on one app but retain them for the others.

Step 3 – Turning Badges on puts a red circle on the app’s Home screen icon, showing how many notifications it currently has. Show as Banners puts an incoming notification on the screen as a temporary or persistent bar (your choice).

Previewing Notifications

Step 1 – Do a long press (tap and hold) on a notification to get a preview of the notification in question. The available options offered to you depend on which app sent you the notification.

Step 2 – Here, we did a long touch on a notification from the News app, giving us a preview along with a picture of the article to which it refers. Tap it to read the article in the app.

Step 3 – Preview a Message or Mail notification and you can reply from within the notification, instead of having to access the app itself. It’s a very convenient way of sending a quick reply.

Accessing Notifications when in-app

Step 1 – Many iPhone applications send notifications can be accessed while using another application. These apps include Mail, Messages, Calendar, Reminders and more.

Step 2 – When you receive your notification you can quickly access it by placing your finger on the notification and swiping down to reveal the options that are available to you.

Step 3 – Tap the notification to be taken straight to the app. Here, swiping down the notification lets you reply to a message, whilst tapping it takes you directly to the Messages app.

Using application-based notifications

Step 1 – Open the Mail app and check through your mail. When a mail contains additional contact details that you don’t already have in your Contacts app, you receive a notification like the one shown here.

Step 2 – If you tap the notification, you’re shown the contact card for the person in question, with the new information gleaned from the email shown as a suggestion. If you accept the change, tap Update (top right).

Step 3 – You can also request to receive a notification when the recipient replies to your email. Tap the blue bell icon in the right-hand side of the subject bar. It turns to a solid blue bell, instead of an outline.

Ian Osborne

Ian has worked on computer and video games magazines since the legendary Crash and Zzap! 64 in the early Nineties, so he’s seen many changes over the years (including an expanding waistline and receding hairline). A lifelong Mac user, he bought his first Mac in the year 2000. It’s a testament to the resilience of the Mac that his mother is still using that computer to this very day.

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