How to manage 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, 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!

Allyson Kazmucha

Help and how to editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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

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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.

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

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").

My first time here, but not my last. Wonderful complete and easy to follow directions...EXACTLY what I was looking for. Thank you.