In general iOS 5’s new notification banners are a good thing, but sometimes they wear out their welcome. Unfortunately, there’s no built-in method to quickly dismiss a notification banner, you just kind of have to wait until it decides to disappear.

That sounded like a job for the jailbreak community to tackle, and indeed they did. The result? NCQuickDismiss

NCQuickDismiss puts a little ‘x’ icon in the upper right-hand corner of the banner notification, and tapping it causes the banner to quickly fade from view.

There’s also an included provision that places an ‘x’ in the bottom right-hand corner of Notification Center itself, so if you don’t feel like sliding up to dismiss it, you can rely on the ‘x’ to do the dirty work instead.

If you’re jailbroken and running iOS 5, you can find NCQuickDismiss on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. Sound appealing?

Note: @hrbrt just sent me a Tweet informing me that you can quickly dismiss banner notifications without a jailbreak by simply swiping from right to left. I never knew this, but it totally makes sense. Thanks!

Here’s the video evidence. Some are reporting that this doesn’t work for them, so beware:

  • d0ntp4n1c

    Nice!

    • d0ntp4n1c

      hmm looks like the respring after install caused a crash. Just me?

  • Geta4S

    Not bad

  • Sam Irizarry

    It works perfectly but….

    1. If you get a picture in the banner, the “X” covers it:
    http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6048/6303230081_d6723f5e14.jpg

    2. If you are running IntelliscreenX, the “X” looks ugly on your lockscreen:
    http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6221/6303228605_69a2267356.jpg

    If they can make the “X” invisible but still work, it would be perfect!

  • Frank

    very cool tweak!

  • Joey

    Just pull the bar down 25% the flick it back up and it’s gone.

  • bob

    i turned all the crap off..

  • I installed this last week and it has come in handy.

  • it goes away because swiping to the left is interpreted as you actually pulling it down a little bit. If you do it slowly you will notice this. So when you pull down the Notification Center, it dismisses the alert.

  • svnelvn

    Thanks for the tip, until now i’ve always been staring at it until it subsides

  • seanwes

    Actually, all you have to do on the stock iOS5 notifications is swipe from right to left and they are dismissed immediately.

  • Steve Loeb

    i cannot get the ‘x’ in the bottom right-hand corner of Notification Center itself to show. is this buggy?

  • Kenny Visag

    How can I put a contact picture on the banner? Please guys respond..some sort of tweak..or a future tweak?