Cus­tom­ize grouped no­ti­fi­ca­tions

Still want your app no­ti­fi­ca­tions to come in one at a time? iOS 12 lets you re­visit the old days, re­veals Leif John­son

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If you ever ask an An­droid user what they dis­like most about iOS, Ap­ple’s no­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem al­most al­ways en­ters the dis­cus­sion. Be­fore iOS 12, we’d get in­di­vid­ual no­ti­fi­ca­tions for ev­ery lit­tle thing, while for years An­droid de­clut­tered its home screens by smartly group­ing no­ti­fi­ca­tions.

With iOS 12, Ap­ple fi­nally gets its own ver­sion of grouped no­ti­fi­ca­tions. Even bet­ter, you can cus­tom­ize which apps have grouped no­ti­fi­ca­tions and which don’t. Af­ter all, some apps ben­e­fit more from in­di­vid­ual no­ti­fi­ca­tions than oth­ers. Here’s what you need to do:

1. Open Set­tings. 2. Press No­ti­fi­ca­tions.

3. Find the spe­cific app you’d like to cus­tom­ize the no­ti­fi­ca­tions for, and press it.

4. On this screen you can do all kinds of things with your no­ti­fi­ca­tions, but for our pur­poses, we want to scroll down to No­ti­fi­ca­tion Group­ing. Press it.

So here’s where the fun hap­pens.

The de­fault set­ting in iOS 12 is Au­to­matic, which al­lows iOS 12 to com­pile smart no­ti­fi­ca­tion stacks for each app. The no­ti­fi­ca­tions will al­ways be grouped by app, but iOS 12 some­times makes dif­fer­ent stacks de­pend­ing on whether, say, a bunch of emails in Mail come from a dif­fer­ent per­son.

Se­lect ‘By App’, though, and ev­ery no­ti­fi­ca­tion for a sin­gle app falls un­der a sin­gle stack ev­ery time. It’s the Au­to­matic mode taken to the ex­treme, and it might be worth it for apps with repet­i­tive no­ti­fi­ca­tions.

And if you don’t care for all this stack­ing, you can go back to the good old days – or the cur­rent days, if you’re still run­ning iOS 11 – by click­ing Off. Do this, and each no­ti­fi­ca­tion for a par­tic­u­lar app will once again show up in­di­vid­u­ally.

Cus­tomiz­ing no­ti­fi­ca­tions from the No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­tre

For­tu­nately, Ap­ple en­sures that you don’t al­ways have to run back to Set­tings if you want to cut a no­ti­fi­ca­tion out of your life. You can do it straight from the stacks of your No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­tre. Here’s what you need to do:

1. Find the stack of no­ti­fi­ca­tions you wish to cus­tom­ize.

2. Press and hold your fin­ger on the stack to ac­ti­vate Force Touch. An iso­lated no­ti­fi­ca­tion will pop up.

3. Click the three dots in the up­per right for More Op­tions.

4. You’ll now see a cou­ple of big op­tions. You can Turn Off all no­ti­fi­ca­tions for that app en­tirely, or you can set them to De­liver Qui­etly (which means they show up on the app but not in the No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­tre). Al­ter­na­tively, you can just click Set­tings and have ac­cess to all the op­tions de­scribed in the first sec­tion above.

I’m only pick­ing on Mes­sages here be­cause it’s the app I get the most no­ti­fi­ca­tions from. As you can see, I keep most turned off

In fact, most of the time it will be more con­ve­nient to cus­tom­ize no­ti­fi­ca­tions this way

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