An email-free night

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I use my iPhone 5 as my bed­side alarm clock, but my work in­volves col­leagues from sev­eral dif­fer­ent time­zones and con­se­quently I re­ceive work emails at any hour of the day. Is there a way to turn no­ti­fi­ca­tions on and off eas­ily, so that I can get a de­cent night’s sleep with­out be­ing bom­barded by work stuff? I don’t want to use Do Not Dis­turb be­cause I want to be able to re­ceive phone calls and texts, both of which would only be from friends and fam­ily. It’s just the email no­ti­fi­ca­tions I need to dis­able. Gary Spence The only way to do it in iOS 7 is by open­ing the Set­tings app > No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­tre and dis­abling Show on Lock Screen for all the ac­counts in the Mail app that re­ceive work emails. Un­for­tu­nately, that’s not con­ve­nient to do ev­ery evening and morn­ing and Siri can’t help, ei­ther.

I think the wider prob­lem here is not that iOS doesn’t let you cus­tomise your no­ti­fi­ca­tions in this way: it’s that you are sleep­ing with your phone next to your bed. A phone’s job is to in­ter­rupt you with in­for­ma­tion after all; it doesn’t make a great bed­side com­pan­ion! If you put it in the next room, you’ll still hear the ring­tone or SMS alert, but you won’t see the email no­ti­fi­ca­tions. Per­haps you should just get a reg­u­lar alarm clock for the bed­room?

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