iPhone: How to Manage Notifications
November 7, 2023
In iOS 16, Apple give you the opportunity to manage notifications, redesigned the display on the lock screen, offering new options for organizing or hiding them. Displayed at the bottom of the screen, notifications can appear as a collection “with the most recent notification at the top,” Apple specifies in its Help Center, or as a list. A final option allows you to display only the number of pending notifications.
To change how it is displayed on the locked screen, simply go to the Settings app, click Notifications, and choose the desired option (Number, List, or Collection) under the Show As tab.
In addition, you can also manage the notifications for each app from the lock screen, the same way you access Settings and then Notifications. To do this, simply swipe left on an alert or group of alerts, then click Options. This manipulation allows you, among other things, to hide alerts (for 1 hour or the entire day) from an application, configure them individually, or disable them altogether.
How to Schedule a Notification Summary on iPhone
Introduced in iOS 15, the Scheduled Summary feature allows you to “group non-urgent notifications together,” Apple explains. The goal is to consult them every day and at a time of your choosing. “Direct messages and urgent notifications are not affected,” the company adds. When first activated, the Scheduled Summary suggests which apps to include in this summary, based on the number of alerts received each week. However, you can also configure the feature manually by proceeding as follows:
- Go to the Settings app,
- Click on Notifications,
- Select the Scheduled Summary tab,
- Select the Scheduled Summary option,
- Set a schedule in the Schedule tab.
- Select the apps to be included in the Apps tab in Summary.
How to Set Up a Focus Mode on iPhone
Also accessible from the iOS 15 implementation, the Focus feature allows you, as the name suggests, “to indulge in some quiet time when you need to focus or detach from your device,” Apple explains. Basically, Focus mode hides notifications in pre-planned time slots and alerts your callers that your alerts are turned off.
Several modes (Do Not Disturb, Rest, Work, etc.) are offered by default and are fully configurable. You can thus choose the applications and people authorized to send you alerts when Focus is activated. You can also customize the appearance of the locked screen, or adapt the behavior of each by applying specific filters.
To configure a Focus mode, you need to follow these steps:
- Open the Settings app,
- Press Focus,
- Choose one of the default modes, then click Configure.
- Once the configuration is complete, select the Share Focus Status option. You can find it on the Focus Status tab to notify your contacts that alerts are turned off.
Note: You can also create a custom mode by clicking on the + button located in the upper right corner of the screen.
Focus modes can be enabled from the Control Center. Which can be accessed by scrolling down from the lock screen on your device.