How to sort and organize alerts in Notification Center on iPhone and iPad

How to sort and organize alerts in Notification Center on iPhone and iPad

The whole point of Notification Center is to make it easier to view alerts and stay up to date on the tasks that matter the most to you. By default, Notification Center will add app alerts in the order in which the app was installed. You can take control of notification handling on your iPhone or iPad, however, and organizing alerts and notifications in a way that makes the most sense to you.

How to manually sort the order of alerts in Notification Center

Notification Center shows alerts in the order in which they're listed in the Settings apps. Change the order in Settings, and your Notification Center shade will update to reflect that new order.

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. iPhone settings panel
  3. Tap on Notifications.
  4. iPhone notification center main screen
  5. Tap Manually under Sort Apps to make sure it's selected.
  6. Tap the Edit button in the upper right hand corner.
  7. iPhone notification center edit mode
  8. Grab the **handle* beside the app you want raise or lower in the Notification Center list and drag it to the position you want it.
  9. iPhone Notification Center drag alerts
  10. Keep dragging apps higher or lower until all the apps are in exactly the order you want them to appear in Notification Center
  11. Tap Done in the upper right hand corner when you're finished.

That's it, Notification Center will now show notifications in your preferred order.

How to automatically sort Notification Center alerts chronologically

If you'd like notifications to appear in Notification Center based on the time they arrive on your iPhone or iPad you can do so easily.

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. iPhone settings panel
  3. Tap on Notifications.
  4. iPhone notification center main screen
  5. Tap By Time under Sort Apps to make sure that it is checked.
  6. Sort iPhone notifications by time

That's it, Notification Center will now display your notifications in the order they arrive on your iPhone or iPad with newest notifications showing first.

How to add or remove apps from Notification Center

If you have apps that you don't want to receive alerts from, you can easily disable them within Notification Center. This is a good option for games that send pesky news, or in-app purchase alerts or apps that you want to check at your own leisure without being bothered about it.

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. iPhone settings panel
  3. Tap on Notifications.
  4. iPhone notification center main screen
  5. Tap the Edit button
  6. drag the app you want to remove from Notification Center to the section labeled Not In Notification Center at the bottom.
  7. Drag notifications off in NC on iPhone

Alternatively can also:

  1. Tap the app that you don't want to receive notifications about.
  2. iPhone notification center main screen
  3. Toggle the Notification Center switch to Off.
  4. Turn iPhone notifications off in Notification Center

If you later change your mind, and decide you do want an app in Notification Center, you can easily restore it by dragging it back into place or toggling it back to On.

How to get more help with Notification Center

If you need more help setting up, using, or trouble-shooting Notification Center on iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Mac, head on over to our iOS forum and ask away!

Allyson Kazmucha

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

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gbattaglia02 says:

i've set up my notifications setting manually but im noticing that in the settings when i open notifications tab some have moved around from the order i set them up in? is this normal?