While iOS has always made it really easy for you to quickly disable notifications from apps, that’s not a great solution all the time. Sure, you can disable notifications from apps such as Facebook without missing much, but can you afford to disable all notifications from WhatsApp or your office email app? Probably not. Even if you try your best, there will always be some apps that you need notifications from, but which have a tendency to spam you with notifications. This leads to a cluttered Notification Centre and a greater chance of missing messages. With iOS 12, you have more control over notifications, which allows you to reduce spam and ensure that you don’t miss out on anything important. Here’s everything you need to know about managing notifications on iOS 12.
These steps will help you quickly silence notification sounds and remove them from the lock screen, but they still will be available in the Notification Centre for you to go and see when you want. This is very useful if you want to make sure only select apps warrant your attention on the lock screen, while still giving you the ability to go and check other notifications whenever you want. Here’s how to manage your notifications:
By default, iOS 12 will group your automatically notifications, so multiple messages on the same thread, for example, won’t fill up your entire screen. If you want to go back to the old behaviour of seeing all notifications individually, follow these steps:
Here if you select Automatic — which should be the default pick — then some notifications are displayed individually (usually the most recent from any app and the older ones are stacked in a group). If you select By App, it groups all notifications by app, with only the most recent one being visible at the top of the stack. Selecting Off means notifications won’t be grouped and the pre-iOS 12 clutter will return.
Like we said, iOS 12 groups notifications by default, but if any app isn’t showing grouped notifications, you can follow the steps described above to fix the issue. To check if notifications are grouped by app, just swipe down from the top and scroll to the Notification Centre. Here if you see one notification with X more notifications written below, you’re on the right track.
If you don’t want the content of notifications to show on the lock screen in iOS 12, follow these steps. So, for example, instead of seeing a message from Kunal Dua that reads, “Send the story”, you will simply see the name of the app and “Notification” as the text. The name of the sender and the content of the message is hidden to protect your privacy.
This feature was present in older versions of iOS too, but it’s always good to know how to enable this regardless.
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