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

By default Notification Center, Apple's easy to pull down list of all the alerts on your iPhone and iPad, lists items in the order in which apps were installed. That's all well and good until your important messages and tasks get lost amid a stream of breaking news and game challenges. Luckily, you can change the order of alerts in Notification Center to be time and date based, or in whatever custom app sequence makes the most sense to you!

How to automatically sort Notification Center alerts by date and time

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Notification Center.
  3. Under the Notifications View section, tap on Sort By Time to select it.

How to manually sort Notification Center alerts by app

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Notification Center.
  3. Under the Notifications View section, tap on Sort Manually to select it.
  4. Now tap Edit in the top right corner.
  5. Under the Include section simply drag items to reorder how you'd like them to appear in Notification Center. For example, if you want Calendar alerts to always appear first no matter what, drag the Calendar app all the way to the top.
  6. When you're finished organizing, just tap Done in the upper right hand corner.

Notification Center will now sort things in the order you've specified or by time, depending on what option you chose.

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!