How to disable Notification Center banners, popups, badges, and sounds on your iPhone and iPad

How to disable Notification Center banners, popups, badges, and sounds on your iPhone and iPad

Notification Center alerts you to everything that's happening on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad using a combination of banners, popups, badges, and sounds/vibrations. That's great if it's something really important like an alarm, appointment, or iMessage. But when every app and game on your iPhone starts blinking, beeping, and buzzing, notifications quickly turns into interruptions. When everything is urgent, nothing is. Luckily, Notification Center also lets you turn off those banners, popups, badges, and sounds on an app-by-app basis, so you get to decide what's important enough to get your attention. That's right, serenity -- and sanity! -- can be yours again in just a few simple steps.

How to disable Lock screen alerts Notification Center

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Now tap on Notification Center.
  3. Scroll down and find the app you'd like to disable Lock screen alerts for and tap on it.
  4. Again, scroll down to the bottom and now turn the option for Show on Lock Screen to Off.

How to disable banners and pop-up alerts in Notification Center

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Now tap on Notification Center.
  3. Scroll down and find the app you'd like to disable banners or pop-up alerts for and tap on it.
  4. At the top under Alert Type, tap on None.

How to disable app icon badges in Notification Center

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Now tap on Notification Center.
  3. Scroll down and find the app you'd like to disable app icon badges for and tap on it.
  4. Turn the option for Badge App Icon to Off.

How to disable sounds in Notification Center

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Now tap on Notification Center.
  3. Scroll down and find the app you'd like to disable sounds for and tap on it.
  4. Turn the option for Sounds to Off. This also disables any vibration alerts that may be attached to that sound alert.

That's it. Notification Center will now abide by your customized settings for your apps. Unfortunately there's no way to change all your app settings at one time in Notification Center and they must be done on a case by case basis. The next best thing however is to use Do Not Disturb mode when you don't want any notifications. Perhaps it's an option we'll see in a future version of iOS. Until then, is there any other kind of change you'd like to see Apple make to how notifications are handled? Let me know in the comments!

Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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There are 4 comments. Add yours.

Dev from tipb says:

They really need to add profiles, or, at the very least, give us back the sort of global-turn-off notifications that we had a few revisions ago.

Rene Ritchie says:

Do not disturb is coming with iOS 6 :)

Seabassthegreat says:

Does do not disturb stop all notifications to stop working while u are still using the phone? That's the deal breaker for me that will decide if it's useless to me or not. I use a lot of private apps and I hate when someone asks me to see my phone (rather than sounding like I douche, I usually let them). but back in old 4 all I had to do was switch off the global switch of notifications off so they didn't see or read any of my private incoming messages from other apps that I would not want them to see... Now it's like iOS 5 made that take a step back cuz now I gotta remember which apps are more private than the others... When all I had to do on ios 4 was kill notifications and they could use my phone freely til I got it back after their viewing pleasure (can't tell u how many embarrassing messages would arrive from apps that I didn't want folks to read when seeing my phone...). So im really questioning the "do not disturb mode". If pop ups and notifications occur when ur still using the phone then it is pretty much rendered useless to me unless I'm sleeping

Brunsworks says:

Also, sometimes apps blatantly ignore these settings, and quite a few apps still leave lines in the pull-down Notification Center (what I like to call "Notification Center lint").