How to clear all notifications from Notification Center at once in iOS

By , Oct 6, 2016

Clear All Notifications 3D Touch

It’s easy to lose track of the notifications you’re receiving on your iPhone and end up having dozens of them filling up your Notification Center. Thankfully, starting in iOS 10, you can now dismiss all of your Notification Center notifications in one fell swoop with a single gesture, making it a much quicker process than what it used to be

To dismiss all your notifications in Notification Center as fast as possible, you’ll need to have a device that supports 3D Touch. The following Apple handsets support this feature:

  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus

If you have one of the compatible devices listed above, then all you have to do to clear Notification Center in a jiffy is follow these steps:

1) Launch Notification Center by dragging down from the top of the screen.

2) Press firmly on the X button at the top of your notification list.

Clear All Notification Center Notifications At Once With 3D Touch

3) Tap on the Clear All Notifications button.

All notifications that were just in your Notification Center should now be cleared, and the “No Notifications” text should be displayed.

If you’re using an iPad Pro, whether it’s smaller 9.7-inch tablet or the bigger brother that comes in at a whopping 12.9 inches, you can still clear all notifications by pressing firmly on the X button with an Apple Pencil. Unfortunately, this won’t work on other iPhones and iPads that don’t support the accessory.

For those who aren’t on iOS 10 and are still rocking a jailbreak on iOS 9, check out a jailbreak tweak called EasyClear, which can add similar functionality to what has been described above (and more) to those devices as well.

Will you be using the Notification Center-clearing gesture on your iPhone or iPad often? Share in the comments!

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  • Agneev Mukherjee

    I think y’all have made an article about this before… during the beta days…

  • Al Fresco

    feeling left out of the fun as a 5s owner. They could have added a long press or swipe option, but no….

  • David Williams

    You actually don’t have to hard press the X . If you press it It’ll then say “Clear”. Press again to delete all notifications.

    • It only clears from that specific day. Hard-pressing clears from all days.

  • Rodney Coleman

    Oldie but goodie

  • siddique

    I dont understand what is the big deal here that feature is almost was there in my iphone 6 , dubble tap and clear notifcation

    • Mike M. Powell

      For a $100-200 more u can 3D Touch to clear it all saving u that millisecond. #worth lol xD

    • I’m not entirely sure what you are referring to but the ability to clear all your notifications at a time from Notification Center is new in iOS 10.

  • There’s one design fail that Steve Jobs would have never allowed:

    The x to clear all notifications doesn’t stay visible at all times as you scroll to the bottom of the notification list. That means you have to scroll back to the top in order to clear all.

    • mickey

      I think the majority of people would have already looked through the notification list before initiating clear all. At least that’s the logical order.

  • Smegmatron

    Are you using Newton? For real? Why pay $50 every year if airmail does the same thing for a one time $5 fee

  • Miloven

    Please, I need iPhone help!!! My notification glitches so much!!! and after a heavy call on the EarPod on the Facebook messenger, it also makes wired loud static noise and I can’t lower it. so I unplug it and replug it in after that the whole system went mute… no clicks sounds or responses… I have to restart every time it happens… and I did restore as a new phone more then 10 times and it still occurs… I am using iPhone 6s Plus, iOS 10.0.2