Knock no­ti­fi­ca­tions into

Learn the small dif­fer­ence be­tween no­ti­fi­ca­tion sort­ing in iOS and OS X

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Just like in El Cap­i­tan, there are three dif­fer­ent ways to sort items in No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­tre. How­ever, th­ese op­tions are pre­sented slightly dif­fer­ently in iOS.

Go to Set­tings > No­ti­fi­ca­tions and tap the Sort Or­der item. You have a choice of two set­tings: Re­cent and Man­ual. The lat­ter is equiv­a­lent to Man­u­ally by App in OS X, of course. If you choose it, a list of apps ap­pears lower down on the same page. Drag from the grab han­dles to the right of each app to set the or­der in which you want their no­ti­fi­ca­tions to be listed in No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­tre. No­ti­fi­ca­tions are then grouped by app, and dis­played in re­verse chrono­log­i­cal or­der in each group.

It’s the other op­tion that works slightly dif­fer­ently in iOS – rather than there be­ing two ad­di­tional sort or­der op­tions like in OS X (Re­cents and Re­cents by App), there’s just one plainly la­belled Re­cent. With this se­lected, go back to the main page and you’ll see a Group by App switch just be­low the Sort Or­der set­ting.

So, iOS does have the same two ad­di­tional op­tions, but the re­sult you get is a com­bi­na­tion of two in­ter­twined con­trols. When Group by App is off, the sort or­der is equiv­a­lent to the plain Re­cents op­tion on the Mac, putting your no­ti­fi­ca­tions in strict re­verse chrono­log­i­cal or­der. When it’s on, a new no­ti­fi­ca­tion from Mes­sages, say, will move all of its unat­tended no­ti­fi­ca­tions to the top of the list. You might pre­fer the lat­ter if any no­ti­fi­ca­tion from a par­tic­u­lar app is im­por­tant, rather than rigidly at­tend­ing to things by time re­ceived.

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