Notification Center Tips

How to use Today View widgets in iOS 8

Notification Center changes things up a bit in iOS 8 and one of the newest abilities iPhone and iPad users have is the option to add widgets to the Today tab. This means that if app developers decide to include a widget with their app, you can access information they provide right through the Today tab in Notification Center. This information could be sports scores, weather data, and lots more. To get started, just enable the widgets you'd like!

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Need to disable Notification Center and Siri access from the Lock screen? Here's how in iOS 8!

By default you can access Notification Center, Control Center, and Siri from the Lock screen of any iPhone or iPad, regardless of whether or not there's a passcode set. However, you can disable these options in the Settings app if you choose to. While Control Center access hasn't changed, many readers have been asking me how to restrict access to Siri and Notification Center in iOS 8 since they aren't seeing the options anymore. Fear not, they aren't gone, they've just moved!

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Notification banners getting stuck in iOS 8? Here's a temporary fix!

One of the most annoying bugs I've experienced thus far with iOS 8 is an issue where notification banners don't seem to want to disappear from the top of the screen. No matter how purposefully I flick them away, they just sit there silently mocking me. From a quick web and Twitter search, I don't seem to be alone. However, I've managed to find a temporary solution that should get rid of particularly persistent notification banners.

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How to use interactive notifications in iOS 8

Notifications and they way we use them just got better, thanks to iOS 8. With interactive notifications, no longer do you have to stop what you're doing in order to respond to a message, trash a junk email, or accept a calendar invite. Simply act on that notification at the top of your screen, or from your Lock screen, and then continue what you were doing!

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Get the most from Do Not Disturb on the Mac

Most of the time you want to be alerted when something happens on your Mac — when it's time for an appointment, say, or if you get an important e-mail, when the web sites you're interested in have new headlines to read, or when apps need your attention. But other times you want your Mac to stay quiet, and that's where Do Not Disturb comes into play. Here's how it works, how to activate it, and how to make it easier to use with a keyboard shortcut.

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How to create and customize vibration alerts on your iPhone

By default your iPhone uses two quick vibration pulses for a text message and a continuous steady pulse vibration for incoming calls. All other Notification Center alerts receive a single vibration. But what if you want something different so you can easily tell what kind of notification you're receiving without even looking at your iPhone? As it happens, you can do just that by creating and assigning your own vibration patterns. Here's how:

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How to use the LED flash as a visible notification light on your iPhone

LED flash for alerts is an Accessibility feature that lets anyone with a hearing impairment to use light to get their attention instead of or in addition to the usual sound and vibrations of Notification Center. With LED flash for alerts you can place your iPhone face-down on a table or nearby surface and not have to worry if you can't hear it beeping or buzzing. You'll be able to see it light up.

Note: This also works for those coming from a BlackBerry or Android phone who are accustomed to an LED light for notifications.

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AMBER Alerts on your iPhone: What they are and how to manage them

Your iPhone is set up by default to receive AMBER (America's Missing: Broadcasting Emergency Response) Alerts and other kinds of emergency government alerts via Notification Center. Apple has worked with carriers to provide government alerts, including AMBER and other emergency notifications, in the U.S. and other countries. Depending on the nature of the alert, which can include child abductions and impending natural disasters, it's a great feature that can save a life, or many lives, not to mention prevent injury and property damage. By their nature, however, these alerts don't respect Do Not Disturb settings which can make them rather alarming if they happen when you're asleep, driving, or otherwise indisposed. That's why you have the option to use them at your discretion. Here's how AMBER and emergency alerts on the iPhone work!

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How to use Lock screen, Today, popups, and banners in Notification Center for iPhone and iPad

If you just got a new iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad then you've got Notification Center. It's Apple's attempt to bring order and sanity to the myriad of alarms, alerts, messages, calls, announcements, and game challenges that flood our daily lives. But first you may need to bring order and sanity to Notification Center itself. Here's how!

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

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 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.

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