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Use the Today View & Notification Center on iPhone

Written by Hassan Abbas

Use the Today View & Notification Center on iPhone: When you purchase your first iPhone, you’ll find that it’s super easy to use. It has a well-organized Home screen and a simple way to find your Settings. But there are few tips and tricks that can take a while to learn, like how to use your Today View and Notification Center effectively.

Also, that’s why we are here to help with our “New to iPhone” series. But, if you fall into the new iPhone user group, this series, along with this guide, is for you. Here’s also how to use the Today View and Notification Center on your iPhone.

Today View and Notification Center

  • What are the Today View and Notification Center?
    • Access on the Lock screen
  • Customizing the Today View
    • Adding, removing, and rearranging widgets
  • Using the Notification Center
    • Actions in the Notification Center

What exactly are the Today View and Notification Center?

The Today View is unique that contains widgets for apps you select. Sometimes for things you use like your to-do list, calendar, or weather, you can pop a widget in the Today View area. Accessing Today is done by swiping right from the left edge of the Home or Lock screen.

The Notification Center holds, well, your notifications. Whether its new emails, app alerts, or text message notifications, you can find it all in the Notification Center. Accessing the Notification Center is done with a simple swipe down on any screen.

Accessing Today View and Notification Center on the Lock screen

You can decide whether or not you want access to Today View and the Notification Center from your Lock screen. If you do, it takes a few taps to make it happen.

Step 1:

Firstly, Open Settings.

Step 2:

Then choose Touch ID & Passcode or Face ID & Passcode for iPhone X and later.

Step 3:

Now, Scroll down to the Allow Access When Locked section and turn on the toggles for Today View and/or Notification Center.

Customizing the Today View

Taking your little time to customize the Today View on your iPhone is worth it because it gives you what you use most frequently in an easily accessible spot.

Adding, removing, and rearranging widgets

Access Today View, scroll to the very bottom and click Edit. This takes you to the Add Widgets screen.

At the top, currently, you’ll see the widgets in your Today View and at the bottom are the additional widgets you can add.

  • Remove a widget from Today View, click the minus sign in red, and then tap Remove.
  • Add a widget, click the plus sign in green.
  • Rearrange widgets, tap the three-line icon, drag, and release.

When you browse through widgets you can add at the bottom. You’ll notice that some apps offer more than one type of widget. For instance, the Maps app lets you choose Destinations, Nearby, or Transit widgets.

Third-party apps may provide different widgets as well. For example, Google Maps shows Directions, Traffic, Local Guides, Transit Departures, and Travel Times widgets. So depending on the app, you can check out different widget options.

When you end adding, removing, or rearranging your widgets, click Done on the top.

Using the Notification Center

Deciding what you see in the Notification Center is a good way to verify that you’re getting the notifications you want.

Maybe you want that area filled up with game notifications or other apps notifies that you don’t care about.

To adjust the notifications you see, move to Settings and choose Notifications. For each app in your list, you can check whether or not an alert shows in the Notification Center. Click an app and then choose or deselect Notification Center.

It can be a tedious task to do this for every app in the list that you turn on notifications for, but worth it if you want to keep your Notification Center in order.

Actions in the Notification Center

When you swipe to access your Notification Center, you can perform actions on those alerts.

Click or swipe right to open the app or swipe left to manage that app’s notifications. View a preview of the notification, or clear all notifications for that app.

Tap the X at the top to clear out your Notification Center.


Hopefully, our guide makes you everything clear. For more queries and questions let us know in the comment section below!

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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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