New in No­ti­fi­ca­tions

Cut down on un­wanted noise more eas­ily than ever

Mac Format - - FEATURE / IOS 12 SUPERGUIDE -

Many of the dis­trac­tions you en­counter each day come from no­ti­fi­ca­tions – that is, un­less you take time to metic­u­lously con­fig­ure them in

Set­tings > No­ti­fi­ca­tions. Let’s face it: it’s likely you’ll be an­noyed but quickly move on, only mak­ing changes if the in­ter­rup­tions are fre­quent.

Even if your no­ti­fi­ca­tion set­tings are just right, No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­tre and the Lock screen can be­come over­crowded. iOS 12 ad­dresses these weak­nesses to help you keep this in­valu­able but of­ten ir­ri­tat­ing fea­ture un­der con­trol.

Grouped no­ti­fi­ca­tions

We’ve all had it: a Lock screen that’s filled with so many no­ti­fi­ca­tions that it’s hard to know where to be­gin. Things are a lit­tle neater and eas­ier to deal with now, as iOS 12 groups no­ti­fi­ca­tions, stack­ing them up by app in a smaller space so you can quickly see which apps need at­ten­tion.

No­ti­fi­ca­tion Group­ing is a per-app set­ting and it’s turned on by de­fault. You only have to tap on a group to spread it out and read all its items, but if there are any apps for which you don’t want this, find them in Set­tings > No­ti­fi­ca­tions and ad­just the set­ting.

In­stant tun­ing

Got an app that’s throw­ing up a steady stream of no­ti­fi­ca­tions? Pre­vi­ously it was all too easy to just ig­nore the prob­lem and hope the app would qui­eten down, as oth­er­wise you’d have to switch to the Set­tings app and dig down to find and amend the app’s be­hav­iour.

Now, though, you can deal with it right there and then, on the Lock screen, in No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­tre, or the ban­ner at the top of the screen. Hold a fin­ger on the ban­ner or swipe left in ei­ther of the other two places and choose Man­age.

De­liver qui­etly

You’ll see the new In­stant Tun­ing in­ter­face, which of­fers two op­tions that ought to help to re­duce your an­noy­ance. If you tap De­liver Qui­etly, no­ti­fi­ca­tions from the cor­re­spond­ing app will no longer ap­pear on the Lock screen, or as ban­ners at the top of the screen, no num­bered badge will be dis­played on the app’s icon, and no sounds will play. Alerts are still dis­played in No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­tre, though.

turn off en­tirely

The Turn Off op­tion is help­ful at those times when you in­stall a new app and, dur­ing its first run, ac­ci­den­tally al­low it to dis­play no­ti­fi­ca­tions. Choose this to turn off all no­ti­fi­ca­tions from the app.

If nei­ther De­liver Qui­etly nor Turn Off of­fers ex­actly the be­hav­iour you want – per­haps you don’t want to hide num­ber badges on an app’s icon, for ex­am­ple – tap Set­tings to go to the app’s page there and fine-tune its alerts to your ex­act pref­er­ences.

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