Alerts

Zeal is a battery management system for your jailbroken iPhone or iPad

Lots of people take their battery life seriously, and it goes without saying that Apple provides the bare minimum of battery health and information tools; it has often been up to jailbreak developers to fill in these gaps.

A new jailbreak tweak release called Zeal by iOS developers Rabih M. and Stijn aims to answer all the cries from battery sticklers that have yet to be answered by Apple. It provides both an informative battery management interface that you can invoke on demand to see more about how your battery is doing and conserve power.

How to disable vocal alerts for turn-by-turn directions in Google Maps

If you use Google Maps to go places you’re not accustomed to, then you’re likely familiar with navigation and the turn-by-turn vocal alerts you hear while you go. These prompts say things like “turn left” or “stay right” as you’re driving, working as an audible guide to get you to your destination.

Vocal alerts are enabled in the app by default, and while they are usually useful, not everyone likes them. You can turn down your device’s volume to combat them, but doing this will also impact any music you might have playing and doesn’t yield satisfactory results.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can properly mute vocal alerts in the Google Maps app.

How to turn off iMessage notifications for unknown senders

Your phone is a communication tool, and sometimes you have to give your number out to people that you you’d never add to your contacts.

If you don’t want to get constant notifications throughout the day from people you’re not familiar with, you’ll be happy to know that you can configure your iPhone to suppress iMessage notifications from non-contacts. We’ll show you how in this tutorial.

AdaptiveColorAlerts colorizes all your alert messages to match anything behind them

Most people use banner notifications for their day-to-day notifications, but some apps like Calendar and Reminders default to alert-style notifications because they require a little bit of extra attention.

For the most part, these alert messages look pretty boring on a stock iOS device, but with a new free jailbreak tweak release called AdaptiveColorAlerts, your alerts can automatically color themselves based on whatever background is residing behind them.

This tweak brings iOS 8-styled alerts back to iOS 9

iOS 9 made some UI refinements over iOS 8, despite the fact that most of the UI looks primarily the same as before. One of the things Apple tweaked were the alerts that can pop up on your screen from notifications.

In iOS 9, Apple changed the design a little bit and made the corners much rounder, and if you aren’t a fan of the change, then a new jailbreak tweak called 8Alerts may tickle your fancy.

Tip: change your FaceTime ringtone on your Mac to match your iPhone or iPad

Do you like the default ringtone that you hear on your Mac when someone initiates a FaceTime, FaceTime Audio, or Phone call?

Many people set up custom ringtones on their iPhones, but when the call gets forwarded to their Mac via Continuity, they end up hearing something completely different from it than they do their iPhone.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to configure your FaceTime ringtone on your Mac so it sounds the same as your iPhone.

How to disable AMBER and Emergency alerts on iPhone

Your iPhone comes equipped with government notifications, such as AMBER and Emergency alerts. These alerts are pushed out to individuals by their carriers based on their location, and can be useful for a variety of reasons.

On the other hand, if you don’t think you’ll be using them any time soon or you get sick of seeing them on your device, you can always disable them.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how!

Palert brings tvOS-inspired notification alerts to iOS

The Apple TV 4 has a completely new operating system called tvOS, which sits right alongside OS X, iOS, and watchOS in Apple’s operating systems.

One of the nice parts about tvOS is the design of the alerts and notifications. In fact, iOS developer Robin Vekety (@Integeritis) thought it would be a cool idea to port the new alert style over to the iOS experience for those with jailbroken devices.

How to have your iPhone’s flash blink when receiving calls or messages

Your iPhone usually lets you know when a notification comes in with sound, vibration or both. But in certain situations, audible alerts and vibration won’t be enough to attract your attention, like when in a loud environment such as a night club. Or perhaps you simply don’t want to be disturbed with sound or vibration at all.

With iOS 5 and later, iPhones from the iPhone 4 onward can use the LED flash next to the rear camera to alert you of incoming calls, messages and other notifications. In this post, we’ll show you how to enable LED flash for notifications.

How to stop your iPhone from beeping twice when you get a message

When you receive an iMessage or another alert or notification on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch that you are unable to check at the moment, your natural course of action is probably to ignore it. No big deal — you’ll check it later. Unfortunately, Apple has set alerts to repeat at two minute intervals by default on iOS devices.

As such, just a few minutes later, your device lights up, vibrates, or rings again to remind you of the notification a second time. The reason for this is because Apple sets notifications and alerts to repeat once by default on iOS devices. To me, this was incredibly annoying. Fortunately, there is an easy solution to disable this feature… 

iOS 7: The ultimate Notification Center guide

Notification Center first appeared in iOS 5 as a way of receiving and accessing notifications from anywhere. It consists of an overlay slide down menu interface, banner notifications, and other types of alerts. Prior to iOS 5, notifications were extremely intrusive and clunky. Notification Center solved many of the issues stemming from receiving notifications on iOS.

Over the past two iOS iterations, Notification Center has been streamlined and improved. iOS 7 brought about several new changes to Notification Center, including the new Today View, which provides users with an overview of the pertinent appointments, stock prices, and even driving alerts.

Needless to day, Notification Center has evolved into a significant feature in iOS with many moving parts. To assist you, we’ve created this ultimate Notification Center guide in order to help you understand how to benefit most from this handy feature.