In the old childrens' story about the boy who cried wolf, we learn an important lesson: if we make a fuss over nonsense too many times, people will stop paying us any mind, even when we have something important to say.

Your iPhone or iPad needs to learn that lesson, too; unfortunately, you can't tell it a bedtime story. You can, however, change its settings so that it tells you only about those events you want to know about it. Lets review how you can do that.

How to disable Lock screen alerts on iPhone or iPad

When every app and game on your iPhone starts blinking, beeping, and buzzing, notifications quickly turn into interruptions.

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.

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Notifications.

    launch settings app then tap on notifications

  3. Tap the app that you want to disable lock-screen notifications for.
  4. Tap the Show on Lock Screen switch to turn it Off. (The switch will turn white)

    tap on app, then turn off show on lock screen switch

How to disable banners and pop-up alerts on iPhone and iPad

Similar to notifications on your Lock screen, allowing every application to give you a "hi there!" alert every time something changes clutters up your Notifications with unneeded messages. Here's how to disable them.

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on Notifications.

    launch settings app then tap notifications

  3. Tap the app you'd like to disable banners or pop-up alerts for.
  4. Tap None under ALERT STYLE WHEN UNLOCKED.

    tap app then tap none

Repeat this process for every app for which you'd like to disable pop-ups and banners. It can be a little cumbersome, but then again, it lets you choose the type of alerts you get for every app on your iPhone or iPad.

How to disable app icon notification badges on iPhone and iPad

Badges the little red circles with white numbers in the center that you see in the top right corner of the app buttons on your Home screen. Badges tell how how many "unread" notifications for that application have accumulated since you last "read" them. You can enable or disable badges on a per app basis. Here's how you do it.

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Notifications.

    launch settings app then tap notifications

  3. Tap the app that you want to disable app icon badges for.
  4. Tap the Badge App Icon switch to turn it Off. (The switch will turn white).

    tap app then tap badge app icon switch to turn it off

How to disable notification sounds on iPhone and iPad

Too many bleeps and dings can get annoying if too many applications send them. Do you really need a sound to play when your action bar fills up in Oregon Settler? Here's how you can disable sounds on a per app basis.

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Notifications.

    launch settings app then tap on notifications

  3. Tap the app that you want to disable sounds for.
  4. Tap the Sounds switch to turn it Off. (The switch will turn white)

    tap app and tap sounds switch to turn it off

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 automatically sort notification alerts by date and time on iPhone and iPad

By default, iOS automatically sorts notifications in the order of the most recent, according to the date and time that they were received. If you changed this setting, or you aren't sure what it's set to, here's how to enable auto-sorting.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your Home screen.
  2. Tap Notifications.

    launch settings app then tap on notifications

  3. Tap Sort Order
  4. Tap Recent

    tap sort order, tap recent

That's it. Now, the most recently received notifications will appear on the top of the list in Notification Center.

How to manually sort Notification Center alerts by app on iPhone and iPad

If you want more control over which notifications are shown first in Notification Center, you need to enable manual sorting. Here's how you do that.

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on Notifications.
  3. Tap Sort Order

    launch settings app, tap notifications, then tap sort order

  4. Tap Manual.
  5. Hold and drag items up or down to reorder how you'd like them to appear in Notification Center.

    tap manual, hold and drag items up and down

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

How to create and assign custom vibration patterns on iPhone or iPad

iOS has a cool feature that lets you create custom vibration patterns and assign them to every app on your device. It would probably be overkill do it, but you have that option. Let's look at how you can create your own vibration pattern:

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen
  2. Tap Sounds.
  3. Tap the type of notification you want to create a custom vibration pattern for. Your options are:

    • Ringtone
    • Text Tone
    • New Voicemail
    • New Mail
    • Sent Mail
    • Tweet
    • Facebook Post
    • Calendar Alerts
    • Reminder Alerts
    • AirDrop

      launch settings, tap sounds, choose alert you want to set custom vibration pattern for

  4. Swipe down to scroll all the way to the top of the screen.

  5. Tap Vibration.
  6. Tap Create New Vibration.

    swipe up to scroll down, tap vibration, tap custom vibration

  7. Tap the center of the screen in the sequence you want the vibration to be. Hold your finger down for a continuous vibration. Lifting it up creates a pause.
  8. Tap Stop when you're done.

    tap on the center of the screen then tap stop when you' re done

  9. Tap Play to play back the pattern to make sure you are happy with it.
  10. Tap Save if you're happy with it. (If you don't like it, tap Record and repeat steps 7 and 8)

    tap play and then save

  11. Type a name for your new vibration pattern in the pop-up box.
  12. Tap Save.

    type name and then tap save

You can repeat the above process for all the alert types you'd like to change the vibration pattern for. Anything you've created will then show up under the Custom Vibrations section for all alert types so you can reuse them if you'd like.

How to disable vibration alerts on a per-app basis on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on Sounds.
  3. Tap the type of alert you'd like to disable vibrations for under the Sounds and Vibration Patterns section.

    launch settings, then sounds, then choose alert

  4. Swipe down to scroll all the way to the top of the screen.
  5. Tap Vibration.
  6. Tap None at the very bottom of your screen.

    swipe down, tap vibration, tap none

That's it. The alert will still play a sound when not in silent mode, it just won't create a vibration.

How to delete custom vibrations on iPhone or iPad

You can delete any custom vibration pattern you've created with just a few taps. Here's how.

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Sounds.
  3. Tap any alert type under the Sounds and Vibration Patterns section. It doesn't matter what you choose if you're just deleting.

    launch settings, then sounds, then choose alert

  4. Swipe down to scroll all the way to the top of the screen.
  5. Tap Vibration.
  6. Tap Edit in the upper right hand corner.

    swipe up then tap vibration, then tap edit

  7. Tap the white minus in the red circle beside the custom vibration you want to delete.
  8. Tap Delete.

    tap red circle with minus sign then tap delete

That's all you need to do to delete a custom vibration pattern. It's gone forever.Of course, you can re-create it if you ever want it back.

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