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 message. But when every app and game on your iPhone starts blinking, beeping, and buzzing at you, and lighting up your Lock screen, notification quickly turns into interruption. 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.
If your iPhone or iPad is sitting the table and an alert comes in, having the Lock screen light up and show it to you can be a great way to make sure you don't miss that important appointment or message. Having your Lock screen light up for every app or game you've installed, however, can be more than annoying. Even if you're not paranoid about battery life, having to look over and visually sort important alerts from unimportant one can be a constant source of interruption. Here's how to turn off the Lock screen alerts you don't need or want.
That's it. Even if the app gets an alert, it will no longer light up your Lock screen to tell you. Repeat this process with any other apps you want to disable Lock screen alerts for.
Banners roll down from the top of your Home screen to alert you to an incoming notification, and then roll back up again. They're mostly non-interuptive (and would be totally non-interuptive if Apple would stop them covering buttons at the top of the screen!), and fairly unobtrusive. They're great for email, social network messages, game challenges, etc. because if you choose to, you can ignore them and keep on doing what you're doing. Popups are in your face. They're great for alarms and appointments, when you want something to burst onto the screen and stop you from doing anything else until you choose to either act on them, or dismiss them. But what about when you don't want to be bothered by notifications of either type, at all?
That's it. You'll no longer see banners or class pop-up alerts for that app. Repeat this process with any other apps you want to disable banners or popups for.
App icon badges are the little red circles that show up next to any app icon that has notifications waiting for you to view. They're handy for message apps so you can keep track of how many emails, tweets, IMs, etc. you have waiting for you, or todo apps so you can see how many tasks you have left to accomplish. But for apps you don't check regularly, they can add up, and then just sit there, staring at you. And since you can't "mark all as read", if you're the least bit obsessive about keeping your Home screen clean, they can be maddening. In those cases, it's best to just turn badges off completely.
Nothing is more embarrassing than trying to have a conversation while your iPhone or iPad is beeping, buzzing, or otherwise attracting all the wrong kinds of attention. (Looking at you, Game Center!) Likewise, trying to sleep while your device constantly going off within each shot is not conducive to a good night's rest. For most of us, noise is an incredibly good way to get our attention, but that means we want to be really selective about which apps are allowed to make that noise and get our attention. Regardless the reason, or the app, you do have the option to disable them completely.
That specific app will no longer play notification sounds but you'll still receive any alerts or banners as well as badge app icons as long as you have those options enabled.
Note: Some built-in apps like Mail and Messages, and built-in services like Twitter won't have a disable sounds option in Notification Center, but rather put them under Sounds. (It would be nice if Apple put them all in one place, or even duplicated them in Notification Center for consistency.)
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!