customize iPhone notifications screen

If there’s one handy thing about having a mobile device it’s the notification feature. From emails and calendar events to when it’s your turn to play on Word Chums, you can have alerts set up for about any app.

If you just switched over from Android and are completely new to iPhone, then knowing how to adjust your notifications, and what all of the options mean, will help you enjoy your device much more. We’re here to help with a how-to for adjusting your iPhone notifications.

Access and customize your Notification settings

On your iPhone, open the Settings app and select Notifications.

Previews, suggestions, and alerts

At the top, you’ll see an option for Show Previews. This gives you a preview of your notification whether your iPhone is locked or unlocked. Pick from Always, When Unlocked, or Never.

Next you’ll see Siri Suggestions. If you tap this option, you can choose which apps on your device can suggest Shortcuts on the lock screen.

Before we look at the notification options for your apps, scroll all the way to the bottom. There you can enable or disable notifications for Amber, Emergency, and Public Safety Alerts.

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App notifications

Now that you’ve taken care of the basics for your notifications, it’s time to work on those you receive for apps.

Each app can have its own unique notifications settings. This is great because you may not want alerts for things like games. And for apps you do want notifications for, you may want them customized a certain way.

iPhone notifications screen

Select an app from the list and then adjust the following options:

Allow Notifications: Turn on the toggle to receive notifications for that app.

Alerts: Choose to receive notifications on your lock screen, in your Notification Center, or as banners. You can pick any or all of these options.

Banner Style: If you choose to show alerts as banners above, you’ll see an option for the Banner Style appear. Temporary banners only display for a short time and then disappear while Persistent banners remain on the screen until you acknowledge them.

Sounds and Badges: Turn the toggles on if you want a sound and a badge icon when the app has a notification.

Show Previews: Decide if you want previews for the specific app and if you want them Always, When Unlocked, or Never.

Notification Grouping: Decide if you want notifications grouped automatically, by app, or not at all.

Wrapping it up

Even after you make changes to your notifications, you may decide later that you’d like to make more adjustments. And this is easy to do as you can see. Plus, when you download a new app to your iPhone, remember to pop back into your Notification settings so that you receive the type of alerts you want for that app.

Are you particular about the way your notifications are set up? Do you plan to use them for certain apps only or for everything? Let us know your iPhone notification strategy in the comments below!