How to quickly dismiss iOS 5 banner notifications on iPhone, iPad

How to quickly dismiss iOS 5 banner notifications on iPhone, iPad

How to quickly and easily get rid of iOS 5 banner notifications -- the little roll-downs you get in-app and on the home screen -- seems to be a hot topic for our tipsters this week, and luckily you can do it in a couple of different ways.

  1. Touch and pull down slightly on the banner, then flick it up and away. (You're really activating Notification Center for a moment, but it has such a terrific, tactile feeling to it.)
  2. Swipe from right to left. (It's a faster version of the above but doesn't trigger it as reliably.)

In both cases you need to be really careful you touch and keep your finger down, otherwise it will be interpreted as a tap and you'll be whooshed away to another app, likely the exact the opposite of what you wanted.

Either way, it does nothing to fix the central problems of banners -- they roll down over content instead of pushing the content down, and they come in surprisingly enough that you can be about to tap a top-bar control only to hit a new notification instead.

Hopefully some sort of visual cue will be added, and the page content slid down, in a future update.

Thanks: @mpanzarino for figuring out the reliability issue with the swipe.

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, ZEN and TECH, MacBreak Weekly. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter, App.net, Google+.

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fastlane says:

I don't receive a bombardment of notifications, so the old popups were okay with me to begin with. I guess people who constantly receive umpteen notifications, all day and all night, for every app on their phones, will never be happy with any implementation.

fastlane says:

I don't receive a bombardment of notifications, so the old popups were okay with me to begin with. I guess people who constantly receive umpteen notifications, all day and all night, for every app on their phones, will never be happy with any implementation.

Mclars says:

True. They want to be interrupted, but they don't want to be interrupted. Next they'll want to be able to only notify for messages from John but not Jane, etc. Of course, an alternative would be to just manage your life better and exercise some restraint on notifications.

BLiNK says:

Rene, what browser are you using in this video?

BLiNK says:

Rene, what browser are you using in this video?

Guest says:

I also don't like the idea of pushing content away under my finger when a notification comes in. Besides, the notification banner hides quite little of content away since half of it covers the top status bar. So I believe the Apple guys have made a best possible decision here about the banner behavior.

Guest says:

I also don't like the idea of pushing content away under my finger when a notification comes in. Besides, the notification banner hides quite little of content away since half of it covers the top status bar. So I believe the Apple guys have made a best possible decision here about the banner behavior.

Guest says:

I also don't like the idea of pushing content away under my finger when a notification comes in. Besides, the notification banner hides quite little of content away since half of it covers the top status bar. So I believe the Apple guys have made a best possible decision here about the banner behavior.

Alfora says:

If you tend to dismiss most of the banners why did you activate them in the first place? Turn them off if you don't like them!

Alfora says:

If you tend to dismiss most of the banners why did you activate them in the first place? Turn them off if you don't like them!

Alfora says:

If you tend to dismiss most of the banners why did you activate them in the first place? Turn them off if you don't like them!

Iuhfeuif says:

Hopefully they let us set the timeout on the banner! 5 seconds is too long when you're just about to press send or cancel on an email and the banner alert appears! 1-2secs is good for me....

elguapo42 says:

Nicely done, Rene. There are times when I do not wish to look at the notification immediately and keep doing what I was already doing. This is a nice way to quickly dismiss the notification.

Thomasj106 says:

Geez Rene, you're whining about the notification bar like destroyed your workflow. From the timer on the video, it took you from 0:17 seconds to 0:22 seconds to accidentally tap on the notification bar to go "All the way back" to where you were when the notification came in. That calculates to 5 seconds total. If your life is that hectic that 5 seconds sends you over the edge, maybe some Xanax will help.

Thomasj106 says:

Geez Rene, you're whining about the notification bar like destroyed your workflow. From the timer on the video, it took you from 0:17 seconds to 0:22 seconds to accidentally tap on the notification bar to go "All the way back" to where you were when the notification came in. That calculates to 5 seconds total. If your life is that hectic that 5 seconds sends you over the edge, maybe some Xanax will help.

fury says:

Then the problem becomes that it is unresponsive to intentional presses, which can be equally frustrating. (yes, I can and often do press the notification within half a second)

Jeff Barnes says:

Rene - how is that you are logged into the web app like that with that slick nav/status bar across the top?

MYNAMESALEX says:

Wow, that's an actually helpful tip for once... Thanks guys!

MYNAMESALEX says:

Wow, that's an actually helpful tip for once... Thanks guys!

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