How to Set Up Notifications
Notifications are little reminders that show up on your screen when an app wants your attention. When someone sends you a text, for example, and your phone vibrates, and a badge appears on your screen, that’s a notification. Setting up notifications makes sure you see only the ones you care about and lets you control how they appear on your phone. This way you don’t get overwhelmed with notifications you don’t care about.
To set up notifications, open your Setting app.
About halfway down the screen, tap Notifications.
The next menu shows you all of the apps that can send you notifications. You can control the settings for each one. For this example, let’s choose how we want to receive text message notifications.
Scroll down until you find Messages and tap on it. The first bar let’s you decide if you want to receive any notifications at all. If you don’t want to receive any notifications at all from an app, tap the white circle so the green goes away. We want to be notified when we get a text, so make sure the button on the right is green.
The next option on the list says “Show In Notification Center” Let’s talk about what that is.
You can access the notification center at any time from any screen swiping downward. A list will appear of all of your recent notifications. These could be missed calls or upcoming calendar events. If you would like to see notifications in the notification center, make sure the button is green.
The next option you can customize is sound. Select it, and a large list of sounds will appear. You can click through them and preview each one until you find one you like. After choosing a sound you like tap “Messages” in the top left corner to return to the notifications menu.
The next options let you choose the style of notification. The first option is the badge.
This notification puts a small red number on your app icon on your home screen. This number tells you how many notifications from this app are waiting for you. Let’s turn this on so we know how many unread text messages we have waiting for us.
The second option is “Show on Lock Screen”. If you turn this on, notifications will show up on your lock screen. Let’s turn this one on so we can see if we have any missed text messages without having to unlock our phone.
Finally, you can choose your notification style for when your phone is unlocked.
The first option is None. This will prevent any notifications from showing up on your screen while you are using your phone.
The second option is Banner. A banner will appear at the top of your screen and then disappear after a few seconds.
The last option is Alerts. This option puts a banner at the top of your screen that won’t go away until you take action.
Lets select the middle option, Banner.
Now at the very bottom there are two more options specific to the Messages app. If you want to be able to read some of the message in the notification banner, tap Preview, and then select Always, or When Unlocked. I like to get a preview of my text messages, so I’ll select Always. If you don’t want to be able to see the content of the message until you open it, select Off.
Finally, you can choose to repeat alerts if you want to keep being reminded. Alerts will come every two minutes. I don’t want my phone to keep buzzing if i don’t read a new text, so I’ll turn this option off. And that’s it!
Remember, you can control notifications for every app on your phone by following these same steps. Just go to Settings, then Notifications, then select the app that you want to set up notifications for.