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

Notification Center, Apple's easy to pull down repository for all your alerts, helps you keep track of everything that's happening on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. To do that Notification Center uses 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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.

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!