Notification Center

macOS Big Sur: How to customize and use the Notification Center

Notification Center on MacBook Pro with Big Sur

If you’ve installed macOS Big Sur, you’re going to notice a lot of changes to the appearance of your Mac. And one such change is not only to the appearance but function as well; it’s the Notification Center. The Notification Center on Mac now looks more like the one your iPhone and iPad.

You have a single column for Notifications and Today view, can see notifications grouped by app, and can show less, more, or clear notifications. You can also add widgets and select the size and act on items like replying to an email or snoozing a reminder.

Here, we’ll show you how to customize and use the improved Notification Center on your Mac (running Big Sur or later).

How to set a default time for all-day Reminders and “Show as Overdue”

Set Reminders All Day Alert Time on iPhone

If you use the Reminders app for keeping track of your to-dos, then you know it’s helpful to set a due date and time. When that notification pops up, you know it’s time to take care of a task. After all, what good is a "reminder" if it doesn’t nudge you to take care of a task on your list?

But you may also have things that you simply need to do on a certain day and the time doesn’t matter. Maybe you need to call a relative on their birthday, clean out the fridge, or pack for a trip. The time isn’t quite as important as the day for these types of reminders.

PerfectGrabber upgrades the Notification Center grabber in full-screen apps & games

Gamers and full-screen app users alike share the likelihood of benefiting from the likes of a newly released and free jailbreak tweak dubbed PerfectGrabber by iOS developer Netskao.

PerfectGrabber makes it easier to determine the time and your current battery level by incorporating them directly into the Notification Center grabber that traditionally appears when you pull down from the top of the display in a full-screen app, including but not limited to games.

Numberfications upgrades Notification Center with numeric clear buttons

As you use Notification Center to peruse your missed notifications, there might come a time when you need to clear some out of your way. This is why Apple provides the “X” button for clearing certain notifications; but what if the clear button served an even more utilitarian purpose than it already does?

Say hello to a brand new and free jailbreak tweak dubbed Numberfications by iOS developer EthanRDoesMC. This tweak effectively replaces the useless “X” in Notification Center’s individual clear buttons with a number to designate just how many notifications are nestled within that particular group.

This tweak lets users reassign the Reachability gesture to other actions

Although I don’t use my iPhone’s Reachability interface that often, I do think that the gesture for invoking it is particularly clever on notched devices. Unfortunately, since I don’t really use Reachability that much, I find that the gesture goes to waste more than being useful.

If, like me, you rarely use the Reachability interface and would rather use the convenient Home Bar-based gesture for something more useful, then you’ll probably like a newly released and free jailbreak tweak called CantReachMe by iOS developer woodfairy. With it, you can map the native Reachability gesture to a new action of your choosing.

Nougat is an Android-inspired Notification Center for iPhones

Upon launching your favorite package manager on your jailbroken handset and refreshing your sources this weekend, you should find a newly released jailbreak tweak dubbed Nougat by iOS developer Shade Zepheri in the changes tab list. And trust us when we say that this is something you’ll almost certainly want to check out.

As you might’ve discerned for yourself already in the screenshot examples above and below, Nougat brings an Android-inspired Notification Center interface to jailbroken iPhones, and it quite literally performs just as good as it looks.

Tips to set up your Mac Notification Center Today View for remote work

MacBook Today View Notification Center

The Today View area on Mac, coupled with your Notification Center, is one of those things a lot of people take for granted. But just like on your iPhone, this handy area can hold widgets for apps you use often. And if you get into the habit of using it, especially by opening it each morning before you begin work, you can start your day right.

Here are some tips for setting up your Mac Notification Center Today View when working from home.

New to Mac? How to view, pause and stop notifications on Mac

System Preferences Notifications FT Mac

Notifications are handy for event, email, and obviously, phone call alerts. But not all notifications are as important. For instance, you may not want to be bothered with an alert from the Books or the Photos app.

If you’re a new Mac user, knowing how to handle your notifications so that they are useful is important to your Mac experience. And we’re here to help. Here’s how to view, pause, customize, and turn off your notifications.