Why are some Apple Watch notifications round and others are square?

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 10, 2015

I was wondering about this for a long time, too. Some notifications that hit my Apple Watch are presented using a round app icon while the others embed a square one. But why is that?

Thanks to Mac Kung Fu, we now know that this simple yet subtle difference serves a very good purpose because you can decide whether the notification can be replied to or not by its attached app icon. Read More


How to sort iOS notifications

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 6, 2015

iOS has always grouped alerts in the Notification Center in the order they were received. If you’re overwhelmed with numerous notifications from apps and services on a daily basis, this can quickly clutter your view and push important notifications out of the view.

Starting with iOS 9, it is now possible to change grouping of push alerts to have them compartmentalized according to their respective originating app and listed in the order you define.

In this tutorial, we’ll detail how you can select, manage and adjust app grouping within the Notification Center on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Read More


WhatsApp rolls out responding to messages and calls directly from notifications to everyone

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 2, 2015

After testing out with a subset of its user base a new ability to quickly respond to incoming messages directly from the notification banner, Facebook-owned WhatsApp today began rolling out this feature to its massive 900+ million monthly active users. In addition, this edition of WhatsApp for iPhone also makes it easy to reply to incoming WhatsApp VoIP calls with a message, right from the call notification. Both features require Apple’s latest mobile operating system. Read More


Facebook bringing order to notification hell with revamped Notifications tab in mobile app

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 26, 2015

After seemingly neglecting its outdated notification system for years, Facebook today announced a revamp and new features for the Notifications tab in its mobile application.

Hopefully, this’ll help us cope with a firehouse of alerts from Facebook that we’re being inundated with on any given day.

A more useful, Google Now-like Notifications tab now distinguishes clearly between Facebook’s most important notification types.

Specifically, you’ll see timely alerts for friends’ milestones, birthdays and life events, upcoming events that you’ve joined and sports scores and TV reminders, the latter two based on Pages you’ve liked. Read More


iOS 9.1 enables quick-replying from notifications in WhatsApp for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2015

At long last, iOS is allowing app makers to implement text replies in notifications, a feature Apple used to reserve exclusively for its Messages app.

Twitter was the first App Store app to gain this great time-saver of a feature. On iOS 9.1, WhatsApp for iPhone now supports a handy text field for quickly replying to incoming messages without leaving the app you’re currently using.

This feature requires an iPhone with iOS 9.1 or later. Read More


How to get notified when we post a new YouTube video

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 24, 2015

As a part of yesterday’s YouTube app update for iOS, it is now possible to receive a push notification whenever we post a new video on iDownloadBlog’s YouTube channel.

Each week, we post several videos about jailbreaking, the latest Cydia tips, tricks, tips, reviews, and more. iDB’s YouTube channel is a great source for the latest information on all things Apple, jailbreaking, iOS, and the iPhone and iPad.

With this latest update, it’s even easier to stay up to date with all of our new video content. In this post, we’ll show you how to do just that. Read More


How to get Apple Watch-styled Lock screen notifications on your iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 7, 2015

WatchNotifications is a brand new jailbreak tweak from developer Thomas Finch, that seeks to better unify the look of notifications on Apple Watch and iPhone. It does this by mimicking the look of Apple Watch notifications on your iPhone’s Lock screen.

Available for $1.00 on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, if you prefer the look of the notifications on your Apple Watch, then you’ll most certainly be interested in WatchNotifications. Read More


Notifications for Reddit provides message alerts in real time

By Timothy Reavis on Jun 1, 2015

I’ve always wondered why popular Reddit clients such as Alien Blue and Narwhal don’t support push notifications for various alerts. Not being a heavy redditor myself, replies to my comments will often go unnoticed until the next time I open a Reddit client, and that might take a few days, which sometimes proves to be inconvenient. However, Notifications for Reddit is a recently-launched solution. Read More


This tweak lets you customize your third-party notification sounds

By Josh Pasholk on May 28, 2015

iOS isn’t known for its ability to be customized, so it’s no surprise that you can’t change the sound for third-party notifications without a jailbreak tweak. CustomNotificationSound by snakeninny, the developer who brought us LowPowerBanner, does exactly that. Read More


New tweak brings iOS notifications to Xiaomi’s Mi Band

By Jeff Benjamin on May 26, 2015

XiaoMi’s recently launched US online store doesn’t carry any actual smartphone hardware yet, but you can buy hardware like headphones, battery packs, and a fitness device called the Mi Band.

The Mi Band is akin to some FitBit models, in that it’s slim, understated, and lacks a touch screen. Due to the tracker’s lack of battery draining features, it gets really good battery life upwards of 30 days.

Perhaps the most attractive thing about the Mi Band is the price. Retailing for just $14.99, it’s much more affordable than any dedicated fitness tracker I’ve ever seen, let alone a full-featured device like the Apple Watch.

When paired with a Xiaomi smartphone, the Mi Band can alert you to things like phone calls by using vibration. Wouldn’t it be cool if it could alert you to notifications for certain iOS apps as well? Now it can, courtesy of a new jailbreak tweak called MiBand Utility from developer Pigi Galdi. Read More


IllLookLater: prevent iPhone screen wake when receiving notifications

By Jeff Benjamin on May 24, 2015

Do you find that many of your incoming notifications don’t warrant the awakening of the Lock screen on your iPhone? Perhaps you think that waking up your iPhone every time you receive a notification is a waste of precious battery.

If you feel that way, then you may want to look into IllLookLater, a recent jailbreak tweak that’s available on Cydia’s BigBoss repo free of charge. IllLookLater makes it so that you can limit the amount of apps that wake the Lock screen when receiving a notification. In other words, it lets you pick and choose the apps that you deem worthy. Read More


How to view and manage notifications on your Apple Watch

By Jeff Benjamin on May 24, 2015

There’s nothing more liberating than being able to take action on an incoming notification directly from your watch. Once you’ve configured your Apple Watch notifications, it’s time to reap the rewards and actually view those notifications.

There are two basic ways to view notifications on Apple Watch—immediately as they arrive, or later via Notification Center. In this concise Apple Watch guide, we’ll show you how to do both. We’ll also show you how to manage those same notifications after they arrive on your wrist. Read More


How to choose which notifications are sent to Apple Watch

By Jeff Benjamin on May 22, 2015

Notifications are a big part of the Apple Watch experience, so it’s important for you to configure them to your liking. Notification alerts appear on your Apple Watch when you’re wearing it and it’s unlocked.

If you’re using your iPhone, then notifications on Apple Watch will be suppressed, since you will see them on your iPhone anyway. If your iPhone is locked, then notifications are forwarded to your Apple Watch.

In this post, we’ll show you how to configure both stock apps and third party apps to send notifications to your Apple Watch. Read More


NotiAction: launch Activator actions based on notification keywords

By Jeff Benjamin on May 6, 2015

NotiAction is an innovative new jailbreak tweak that does something particularly cool—it lets you launch any Activator action by means of keywords found in incoming iOS notifications. You can designate up to 10 keywords with wildcards in the tweak’s settings, and allow NotiAction to listen for those particular keywords. If a valid keyword is found, then the corresponding Activator action is automatically launched. Have a look at our video walkthrough for a demonstration of NotiAction. Read More


Android Wear meets the iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 26, 2015

Over the past few days, I’ve been working with developer MohammadAG to test his in-progress iOS-to-Android Wear application on the LG G Watch. This application, which has a ton of potential for both jailbreakers and non-jailbreakers, allows iOS to forward notifications to Android Wear devices. In the video that follows, I showcase some of the features that are in the current version of Mohammad’s new Android Wear APK. Read More


Even more Apple Watch details revealed in new report

By Cody Lee on Mar 6, 2015

You will find yourself using your iPhone a lot less, once you’ve purchased an Apple Watch, according to TechCrunch. The publication has spoken with a number of people who have used the new wearable extensively, and one person even said they “nearly stopped” using their iPhone.

This is because the Apple Watch is built to handle alerts and other matters much more efficiently than your smartphone. Notifications are seen right away and acted on quickly, so they don’t pile up, and apparently they’re auto-disabled when the Watch is removed or reaches 10% battery life. Read More


How to remove all pending notifications at once

By Sébastien Page on Jan 6, 2015

Notification Killer is a new tweak released in Cydia that lets you remove all pending notification that are in Notification Center at once, saving you dozen of potential taps on the screen. The concept isn’t new by any means, and many other tweaks have offered similar functionality in the past, but Notification Killer appeared at the right time in my Cydia feed, as I was recently looking for a tweak to do exactly what it does. Read More


Confero: tidy up the Home screen by hiding app badges

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 31, 2014

Confero is a brand new jailbreak tweak that helps you to clean up the iPhone’s SpringBoard by eliminating (or at least lessening) the red notification badges. Many find such badges, which sit in the upper right-hand corner of an app with pending notifications, to be an eyesore. Confero is a viable solution for getting rid of said badges. Read More


Prettier Banners adds contacts photos to Messages notifications

By Sébastien Page on Dec 4, 2014

I miss BiteSMS for so many reasons, and one of them is that the tweak adds the photo of your contacts in Messages notifications, assuming you do have a photo for that contact to begin with of course.

Prettier Banners is a new tweak that will certainly fill that void, at least until BiteSMS gets an update. Developed by Mohamed Marbouh, Prettier Banners will replace the Messages app icon with the photo of your contact when receiving a text message notification. Read More


TeeVee 3 updated with iOS 8 Today widget, interactive alerts and now free

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 19, 2014

TeeVee 3, a TV show-tracking app that I reviewed in May by Tomas Perzl of the Czech Republic and Slovakia-based CrazyApps Team, now lets you tweet out upcoming episodes or mark the ones you’ve seen as watched, directly from the notification itself, and also see which shows are coming next in the Today view of the iOS Notification Center, thanks to its iOS 8-focused update released yesterday.

Other new features available in this excellent iPhone and iPad app include new sorting options (Alphabetically, Reverse, AirDate and Unwatched), the ability to delete a show by long-pressing it in the list and several bug fixes.

As a cherry on top, the team has decided to discount the $2.99 app to zero bucks, for a limited time, in an effort to bring in new customers. If you’re going to grab the latest TeeVee 3.1 update, please keep in mind that the app now requires iOS 8. Read More

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