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How To Adjust Your iPhone Notification Settings

Written by Hassan Abbas

Does everyone want to know how to adjust your iPhone Notification settings? If there’s one convenient 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 are completely new to iPhone, then knowing what all of the options mean, and how to adjust your notifications will help you enjoy your device much more. We’re here to help with a how-to for adjusting your iPhone notifications.

Access & Customize Your Notification Settings

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

Previews, Suggestions & Alerts

Show Previews:

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

Sisi Suggestions:

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 to the bottom. There you can enable or disable notifications for AmberEmergency, and Public Safety Alerts.


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.


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 the app, or not at all.


After making 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. When you download a new app to your iPhone, make sure 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 everything? Let us know your opinion in the comments below!

Also Read: iOS 13.3 Fixes Multitasking Problems Suggested by Preliminary Reports

About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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