My iPhone for Seniors, Second Edition (2016)

5. Customizing How Your iPhone Looks and Sounds

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In this chapter, you learn how to make an iPhone look and sound the way you want it to. Topics include the following:

Image Getting started

Image Customizing your Home screens

Image Setting the screen’s brightness, view, text size, and wallpaper

Image Choosing the sounds your iPhone makes

Image Setting up notifications and the Notification Center

There are lots of ways that you can customize an iPhone to make it your iPhone so that it looks and sounds the way you want it to.

Getting Started

In Chapter 4, “Configuring an iPhone to Suit Your Preferences,” you learned how to change many aspects of how your iPhone works. This chapter focuses on how you can change the way you interact with your iPhone and how it interacts with you. Following are key areas you can configure to personalize your iPhone’s personality:

• Home screens. The iPhone’s Home screens are the starting point for most everything you do because these screens contain the icons that you tap to access the apps and web page icons that you want to use. You see and use the Home screens constantly, so it’s a good idea to customize them to your preferences. You can place icons on specific screens, and you can use folders to make your Home screens work better for you.

• Screen brightness, view, text size, and wallpaper. Because you continually look at your iPhone’s screen, it should be the right brightness level for your eyes. However, the screen is also a large user of battery power, so the dimmer an iPhone’s screen is, the longer its battery lasts. You should find a good balance between viewing comfort and battery life. Fortunately, your iPhone has an Auto-Brightness feature that automatically adjusts for current lighting conditions.

The iPhone 6/6 Plus and 6s/6s Plus offer two views. The Standard view maximizes screen space and the Zoomed view makes things on the screen larger, making them easier to see but less content fits on the screen. You can choose the view that works best for you.

As you use your iPhone, you’ll be constantly working with text so it’s also important to configure the text size so that it is easy to read. Making text larger improves its readability, but also means that less text fits on the screen so you have to move on the screen more to read all of it.

Although it doesn’t affect productivity or usability of the iPhone, choosing the images you see in the background of the Home and Lock screens makes your iPhone more personal to you and is just plain fun.

• Sounds. Sound is one important way your iPhone uses to communicate with you. The most obvious of these sounds is the ringtone that plays when you receive a call. However, there are many other sounds you can choose to help you know when something is happening. You can also choose to disable sounds so that your iPhone isn’t so noisy.

• Notifications. Many apps use notifications to communicate information to you, such as to inform you about status updates, email messages, text messages, and other events. You can use the Notifications settings to enable or disable notifications and to configure them for specific apps. Configuring notifications is one of the most important ways to customize your iPhone so that it keeps you informed as much as you want it to without overwhelming you.

Customizing Your Home Screens

The Home screens come configured with icons in default locations. You can change the location of these icons to be more convenient for you. As you install more apps and create your own web page icons, it’s a good idea to organize your Home screens so that you can quickly get to the items you use most frequently. You can move icons around the same screen, move icons between the pages of the Home screen, and organize icons within folders. You can even change the icons that appear on the Home screens’ Dock. You can also delete icons you no longer need.

Moving Icons Around Your Home Screens

You can move icons around on a Home screen, and you can move icons among screens to change the screen on which they are located.

Image Press the Touch ID/Home button to move to a Home screen if you aren’t there already.

Image Swipe to the left or right across the Home screen until the page containing an icon you want to move appears.

Image Tap and hold any icon. After a moment, the icons begin jiggling and you can then move icons on the Home screens. You also see Delete buttons (an x) in the upper-left corner of some icons, which indicate that you can delete both the icon and app or the web page link (more on this later in this section).

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Image Tap and hold an icon you want to move; it becomes larger to show that you have selected it.

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Image Drag the icon to a new location on the current screen; as you move the icon around the page, other icons separate and are reorganized to enable you to place the icon in its new location.

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Touch But Don’t Press (6s or 6s Plus)

If you are working with an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, don’t press on icons when you want to move them, just touch your finger to the screen. If you apply pressure, you may open the Quick Action menu instead. When you just touch an icon and leave your finger on the screen, the icons will become fuzzy briefly and then start jiggling indicating you can move them.


Image When the icon is in the location you want, lift your finger up. The icon is set in that place.

Image Tap and hold on an icon you want to move to a different page.

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Image Drag the icon to the left edge of the screen to move it to a previous page or to the right edge of the screen to move it to a later page. As you reach the edge of the screen, you move to the previous or next page.

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Image Drag the icon around on the new screen until it is in the location where you want to place it.

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Image Lift your finger up. The icon is set in its new place.

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Image Continue moving icons until you’ve placed them in the locations you want; then press the Touch ID/Home button. The icons are locked in their current positions, they stop jiggling, and the Delete buttons disappear.

Creating Folders to Organize Apps on Your Home Screens

You can place icons into folders to keep them organized and to make more icons available on the same page. To create a folder, do the following:

Image Move to the Home screen containing two icons you want to place in a folder.

Image Tap and hold an icon until the icons start jiggling; the Delete buttons appear.

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Image Drag one icon on top of another one that you want to be in the new folder together.

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Image When the first icon is on top of the second and a border appears around the second icon, lift your finger. The two icons are placed into a new folder, which is named based on the type of icons you place within it. The folder opens and you see its default name.

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Image To edit the name, tap in the name field.

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Image Edit the folder’s name.

Image Tap Done.

Image Tap outside the folder to close it.

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Image If you’re done organizing the Home screen, press the Touch ID/Home button. The icons stop jiggling.

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Locating Folders

You can move a folder to a new location in the same way you can move any icon. Tap and hold an icon until the icons start jiggling. Drag the folder icon to where you want it to be.


Placing Icons in Existing Folders

You can add icons to an existing folder like so:

Image Move to the Home screen containing an icon you want to place in a folder.

Image Tap and hold an icon until the icons start jiggling and the Delete buttons appear.

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Image Drag the icon you want to place into a folder on top of the folder’s icon so that the folder’s icon enlarges. (The icon doesn’t have to be on the same Home screen page; you can drag an icon from one page and drop it on a folder on a different page.)

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Image When the folder opens, lift up your finger. The icon is placed within the folder and you see its current location within the folder. (If you don’t want to change the icon’s location when you place it in the folder, lift up your finger as soon as the folder’s icon enlarges; this places the icon in the folder but doesn’t cause the folder to open. This is more efficient when you want to place multiple icons within a folder during the same time period.)

Image Drag the new icon to its location within the folder.

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Image Tap outside the folder. The folder closes.

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Image When you’re done adding icons to folders, press the Touch ID/Home button.


Removing Icons from Folders

To remove an icon from a folder, tap the folder from which you want to remove the icon to open it. Tap and hold the icon you want to remove until it starts jiggling. Drag the icon you want to remove from inside the folder to outside the folder. When you cross the border of the folder, the folder closes and you can place the icon on a Home screen.



Folders and Badges

When you place an icon that has a badge (the red circle with a number in it that indicates the number of new items in an app) in a folder, the badge transfers to the folder so that you see it on the folder’s icon. When you place more than one app with a badge in the same folder, the badge on the folder becomes the total number of new items for all the apps in the folder. You need to open a folder to see the badges for individual apps it contains.


Configuring the Home Screen Dock

The Dock on the bottom of the Home screen appears on every page. You can place any icons on the Dock that you want, including folder icons.

Image Move to the Home screen containing an icon you want to place on the Dock.

Image Tap and hold an icon until the icons start jiggling and the Delete buttons appear.

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Image Drag an icon that is currently on the Dock from the Dock onto the Home screen to create an empty space on the Dock.

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Image Drag an icon or folder containing icons from the Home screen onto the Dock.

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Image Drag the icons on the Dock around so they are in the order you want them to be.

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Image Press the Touch ID/Home button to set the icons in their current places.

Deleting Icons

You can delete icons from a Home screen to remove them from your iPhone. When you delete an app’s icon, its data is also deleted and you won’t be able to use the app anymore (of course, you can download it again if you change your mind). When you delete a web page’s icon (see Chapter 13, “Surfing the Web,” for information on creating web page icons), the bookmark to that web page is deleted.

Image Move to the Home screen containing an icon you want to delete.

Image Tap and hold an icon until the icons start jiggling and the Delete buttons appear (you can delete icons that are inside folders, too).

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Image Tap the icon’s Delete button.

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Image Tap Delete. If the icon was for an app, it and any associated data on your iPhone are deleted. If the icon was for a bookmark, the bookmark is deleted.

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>>>Go Further: More on Organizing Home Screens

Organizing your Home screens can make the use of your iPhone more efficient. Here are a few more things to keep in mind:

• You can place many icons in the same folder whose name you want to change. When you add more than nine, any additional icons are placed on new pages within the folder. As you keep adding icons, pages keep being added to the folder so that it opens. You can swipe to the left or right within a folder to move among its pages, just as you can to move among your Home screens.

• To change a folder’s name, move to a screen showing the folder. Tap and hold an icon until the icons jiggle. Tap the folder so that it opens, and then tap the current name. Edit the name, tap Done, and tap outside the folder to close it. Press the Touch ID/Home button to complete the process.

• To delete a folder, remove all the icons from it. The folder is deleted as soon as you remove the last icon from within it.

• You can only delete icons for things you’ve added to your iPhone, which are either apps you’ve installed or bookmarks to web pages you’ve added. You can’t delete any of the default apps, which is why their icons don’t have Delete buttons like apps that you install do. If you don’t use some of these default apps, move them to pages of your Home screen that you don’t use very often so they don’t get in your way, or create a folder for unused icons and store them there, out of your way.

• To return your Home screens to how they were when you first started using your iPhone, open the Settings app, tap General, Reset, Reset Home Screen Layout, and Reset Home Screen. The Home screens return to their default configurations. Icons you’ve added are moved onto the later pages.


Setting the Screen’s Brightness, View, Text Size, and Wallpaper

In this section, you learn how to configure three functional aspects of your iPhone’s screen, which are its brightness, view, and text size, along with one that is just for fun, which is the image you see in the background of the Home screens and on the Lock screen (this is called wallpaper).

Setting the Screen Brightness, View, and Text Size

To set the screen brightness, perform the following steps:

Image In the Settings app, tap Display & Brightness.

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Image Drag the slider to the right to raise the base brightness or to the left to lower it. A brighter screen uses more power but is easier to see.

Image If you don’t want to use the Auto-Brightness feature, slide the switch to off (white) to disable this feature. The Auto-Brightness feature adjusts the screen brightness based on the lighting conditions in which you are using the iPhone. You’ll get more battery life with Auto-Brightness on, but you might not be comfortable with the brightness of the screen when you use the iPhone where there isn’t a lot of ambient light.

Image Tap View; if you don’t see this option, your iPhone doesn’t support it and you can skip to step 17. The View settings screen enables you to set the zoom level you want to use.

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Image Tap Standard.

Image Look at the sample screen.

Image Swipe to the left or right to see examples of what other screens look like in the Standard view.

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Image Look at the next sample screen.

Image Swipe to the left or right to see examples of what other screens look like in the Standard view.

Image Tap Zoomed. The sample screens change to reflect the Zoomed view.

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Image Swipe to the left and right to preview the other sample screens in the Zoomed view.

Image If you want to keep the current view, tap Cancel and skip to step 16.

Image To change the view, tap the view you want.

Image Tap Set (if Set is grayed out, the view you selected is already set and you can skip to step 17).

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Image Tap Use Zoomed (this is Use Standard if you are switching to the Standard view). Your iPhone restarts and uses the new view.

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Image Move back into the Settings app and then to the Display & Brightness screen.

Image Tap Text Size. This control changes the size of text in all the apps that support the iPhone’s Dynamic Type feature.

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Image Drag the slider to the right to increase the size of text or to the left to decrease it. As you move the slider, the text at the top of the screen resizes so you can see the impact of the change you are making.

Image When you are happy with the size of the text, tap Display & Brightness.

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Image If you want to make all of the text on your iPhone bold, set the Bold Text switch to on (green) and move to step 21. If you don’t want to bold the text, skip the next step.

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Image Tap Continue. Your iPhone restarts. All the text is in bold, making it easier to read.

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Setting the Wallpaper on the Home and Lock Screens

When you choose your wallpaper, you can use the iPhone’s default images, or you can use any photo you have taken on your iPhone. You can set the wallpaper on Home screens and on the Lock screen (you can use the same image in both places or use a different one for each). To configure your wallpaper, perform the following steps:

Image In the Settings app, tap Wallpaper. You see the current wallpaper set for the Lock and Home screens.

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Image Tap Choose a New Wallpaper. The Choose screen has two sections. The APPLE WALLPAPER section enables you to choose one of the default wallpaper images while the PHOTOS section shows you the photos available on your iPhone. If you don’t have any photos stored on your iPhone, you can only choose from the default images. To choose a default image, continue with step 3; to use one of your photos as wallpaper, skip to step 8.

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Image Tap Dynamic if you want to use dynamic wallpaper, Stills if you want to use a static image, or Live if you want to use a Live Photo. These steps show selecting a Live Photo, but using a dynamic or still image is similar.

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Wallpaper Options Explained

Dynamic wallpaper has motion (kind of like a screen saver on a computer). Stills are static images. Live Photos show motion when you tap and hold on them. Live Photos are available only on iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus. On other models, you only see the Dynamic and Stills options.


Image Swipe up and down the screen to browse the images available to you.

Image Tap the image you want to use as wallpaper.

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Image Tap Perspective to use the Perspective view of the wallpaper (see the sidebar “More on View Options”), tap Still to use a static version of the image, or tap Live Photo to use a Live Photo.

Image Tap Set and move to step 15.

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More on View Options

The Perspective view can be a bit difficult to describe because it is subtle. This view magnifies the wallpaper image when you tilt your iPhone. It is sometimes noticeable and sometimes not, depending on the image you are using for wallpaper. The best thing to do is to enable it to see if you notice any difference or disable it if you prefer not to use it for the specific images you use as wallpaper. You can enable or disable it anytime for your wallpaper on the Lock and Home screens. To change the view without changing the wallpaper, move to the Wallpaper screen and tap the wallpaper (tap the Lock or Home screen) you want to change. Tap Perspective to use the Perspective view or Set if you don’t want to use it. To save the view, tap Set or to leave it as it is, tap Cancel.

When you choose a Live Photo as wallpaper, you can touch and hold on the screen to see the image’s motion. Note that when you apply a Live Photo to the Home screen wallpaper, it becomes a static image for which you can choose the Still or Perspective view.


Image To use a photo as wallpaper, swipe up the screen to browse the sources of photos available to you; these include All Photos, Favorites, albums, and so on.

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Working with Photos

To learn how to work with the photos on your iPhone, see Chapter 14, “Working with Photos and Video You Take with Your iPhone.”


Image Tap the source containing the photo you want to use.

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Image Swipe up and down the selected source to browse its photos.

Image Tap the photo you want to use. The photo appears on the Move and Scale screen, which you can use to resize and move the image around.

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Image Use your fingers to unpinch to zoom in or pinch to zoom out, and hold down and drag the photo around the screen until it appears how you want the wallpaper to look.

Image Tap Perspective to use the Perspective view of the wallpaper (see the sidebar “More on View Options”), tap Still to use a static version of the image, or tap Live Photo to use a Live Photo (only available on iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus).

Image Tap Set.

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Image Tap Set Lock Screen or Set Home Screen to apply the wallpaper to only one of those screens; tap Set Both to apply the same wallpaper in both locations. The next time you move to the screen you selected, you see the wallpaper you chose.

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Image If you set the wallpaper in only one location, tap Choose to move back to the Choose screen and repeat steps 3–15 to set the wallpaper for the other location.

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Choosing the Sounds Your iPhone Makes

You can configure the sounds the phone uses in two ways. One is by choosing the general sounds your iPhone makes, which is covered in this section. You can also configure sounds specific apps use to notify you about certain events; this is covered in the next section.

To configure your iPhone’s general sounds, do the following:

Image On the Settings screen, tap Sounds.

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Image If you want your iPhone to also vibrate when it rings, set the Vibrate on Ring switch to on (green).

Image If you want your iPhone to vibrate when you have it muted, set the Vibrate on Silent switch to on (green).

Image Set the volume of the ringer and alert tones by dragging the slider to the left or right.

Image If you want to also be able to change this volume using the volume buttons on the side of the phone, set the Change with Buttons switch to on (green).

Image Tap Ringtone. On the resulting screen, you can set the sound and vibration your iPhone uses when a call comes in.

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Image Swipe up and down the screen to see all the ringtones available to you. There are two sections of sounds on this screen: RINGTONES and ALERT TONES. These work in the same way; alert tones tend to be shorter sounds. At the top of the RINGTONES section, you see any custom ringtones you have configured on your phone; a dark line separates those from the default ringtones that are below the custom ones.

Image Tap a sound, and it plays.

Image Repeat steps 7 and 8 until you have selected the sound you want to have as your general ringtone.

Image If necessary, swipe down the screen so you see the Vibration section at the top.

Image Tap Vibration. A list of Standard and Custom vibrations is displayed.

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Individual Ringtones and Vibrations

The ringtone and vibration you set in steps 6–14 are the default or general settings. These are used for all callers except for people in your Contacts app for whom you’ve set specific ringtones or vibrations. In that case, the contact’s specific ringtone and vibration are used instead of the defaults. See Chapter 7, “Managing Contacts,” to learn how to configure specific ringtones and vibrations for contacts.


Image Swipe up and down the screen to see all the vibrations available. The STANDARD section contains the default vibrations while the CUSTOM section shows vibrations you have created.

Image Tap a vibration. It “plays” so you can feel it.

Image Repeat steps 12 and 13 until you’ve selected the general vibration you want to use; you can tap None at the bottom of the Vibration screen below the CUSTOM section if you don’t want to have a general vibration.

Image Tap Ringtone.

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Image Tap Sounds. The ringtone you selected is shown on the Sounds screen next to the Ringtone label.

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Image Tap Text Tone.

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Image Use steps 7–14 and tap Text Tone to set the sound and vibration used when you receive a new text. The process works the same as for ringtones, though the screens look a bit different. For example, the ALERT TONES section is at the top of the screen because you are more likely to want a short sound for new texts.

Image When you’re done setting the text tone, tap Sounds.

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Image Using the same pattern as you did for ringtones and text tones, set the sound and vibrations for the rest of the events in the list.

Image If you don’t want your iPhone to make a sound when you lock it, slide the Lock Sounds switch to off (white). Your iPhone no longer makes this sound when you press the Sleep/Wake button to put it to sleep and lock it.

Image If you don’t like the audible feedback when you tap keys on the iPhone’s virtual keyboard, slide the Keyboard Clicks switch to off (white) to disable that sound. The keyboard is silent as you type on it.

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>>>Go Further: Sounding Off

Following are some other sound- and vibration-related pointers:

• You can tap the Store button on the Ringtone, Text Tone, and other screens to move to the iTunes Store, where you can download ringtones and other sounds to your iPhone. See Chapter 6, “Downloading Apps, Music, Movies, TV Shows, and More onto Your iPhone,” for more information about downloading content from the iTunes Store.

• You can create custom vibration patterns, too. On the Vibration screen, tap Create New Vibration. Tap the vibration pattern you want to create; when you’re done tapping, tap Stop. Tap Record to start over if you don’t like the one you created. When you’re done, tap Save. Name the pattern and tap Save. The patterns you create are available in the CUSTOM section on the Vibration screen, so you can use them just like the iPhone’s default vibration patterns. To remove a custom pattern, swipe to the left on it and tap Delete.


Setting Up Notifications and the Notification Center

Your iPhone uses notifications, which can be messages on the screen, sounds, or vibrations, to let you know when something has happened that you might want to know about. Since there is a lot of activity on your phone, it’s important that you choose which events you want to be notified about. You want to strike a balance so that you are informed about what is important to you while not receiving so many notifications that they are annoying or disruptive.

Understanding Notifications and the Notification Center

There are several types of notifications, which include badges, banners, alerts, vibrations, and sounds.

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Badges are the counters that appear on an app’s or folder’s icon to let you know how many new of something you have, such as email messages, texts, event invitations, and so on. You can enable or disable the badge for an app’s icon. (Remember that when a badge appears on a folder’s icon, it counts all the events for all the apps it contains.)

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Banners are small messages that appear at the top of the screen when something happens, such as when you receive an email message. Banners contain the icon of the app from which they come, and they can show a preview (if you enable the preview setting). Banners are nice because they don’t interfere with what you are doing. If you ignore a banner, after a few seconds, it disappears. If you tap a banner, you move into the app producing the banner and can work with whatever the banner is for, such as a new email message. You can swipe up on a banner to close it. You can swipe down on a banner to reply (for some apps, such as Messages). When you receive a new banner when one is visible on the screen, the first one rotates out of the way so the newest one is displayed. If you receive a lot of notifications at the same time, you see a summary of how many you have received.

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Alerts are another means that apps can use to communicate with you. There are alerts for many types of objects, such as texts, emails, reminders, missed call notifications, and so on. The differences between a banner and an alert are that alerts appear in the center of the screen and you must do something to make the alert go away, such as listen to or ignore a voice message. Some alerts have an Options button; tap this button to see and do actions related to the notification. Alerts can contain a variety of other options depending on the app that sent the alert; for example, you can mark a reminder as complete or tap Later to reset the reminder’s alert.


Cellular Emergency Notifications

Depending on where you live and which provider you use, you might receive emergency notifications from government agencies for such things as weather emergencies, Amber Alerts (in the United States, these are issued when a child is abducted), and so on. These alerts appear on your iPhone when they are issued to keep you informed of such events. You can enable or disable certain of these notifications.


You should use alerts when you want to be sure to take action on the occurrence about which an alert is sent. For example, you might want to use alerts for calendar events so you have to respond to the notice that the event is coming up, such as the start of a meeting. Banners are better for those notifications that you want to be aware of but that you don’t want to interrupt what you are doing, such as email messages. (If an alert appears each time you receive an email message, they can be very disruptive.)

Sounds are audible indicators that something has happened. For example, when something happens in the Game Center, you can be notified via a sound. Earlier in this chapter, you learned how to configure your iPhone’s general sounds. You also can configure the sounds used for a specific app’s notifications.

Vibrations are a physical indicator that something has happened. Like sounds, you can configure general vibrations, and you can also configure an app’s vibration pattern for its notifications.

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The Notification Center enables you to access all your notifications on one screen. As you learned in Chapter 1, “Getting Started with Your iPhone,” swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the Notification Center. Tap the Notifications tab, and you see your current notifications grouped by the day on which those notifications occurred. Swipe up and down the screen to review them. Tap the delete (x) button and tap Clear to clear all of the notifications for a day. Tap a notification to move into the app from which the notification was sent. You can configure which apps provide notifications on the Notification Center and how many are allowed.

Setting Global Notification Preferences

Use the following steps to configure general notification settings:

Image On the Settings screen, tap Notifications.

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Image In the NOTIFICATIONS VIEW section, tap Sort Order.

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Image Tap Recent if you want the notifications shown in the Notification Center to be organized based on the most recent information being toward the top of the screen, and then skip to step 6.

Image Tap Manual if you want to set the order (from top to bottom) of notifications in the Notification Center.

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Image Drag apps by their order button up and down to change the order in which their notifications appear in the Notification Center.

Image Tap Notifications.

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Image To have notifications on the Notification Center grouped by app instead of by time, set the Group By App switch to on (green); this option is only available if the Sort Order is set to Recent as explained in step 3.

Image Configure each app’s notification settings; the details of this are explained in the next task.

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Image Swipe up the screen until you see the GOVERNMENT ALERTS section.


More Alerts

Depending on where you live, you might see a different set of alert options in the GOVERNMENT ALERTS section. You can enable or disable any of the alerts you see in this section as explained in steps 8 and 9.


Image If you don’t want to receive AMBER alert notifications, set the AMBER Alerts switch to off (white).

Image If you don’t want to receive other types of emergency alerts, set the Emergency Alerts switch to off (white).

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Configuring Notifications for Specific Apps

You can configure how apps can provide notifications and, if you allow notifications, which type. You can also configure other aspects of notifications, such as whether an app displays in the Notification Center or whether its notifications appear on the Lock screen. Not all apps support all notification options. Some apps, such as Mail, support notification configuration by account (for example, you can set a different alert sound for new mail in each account). You can follow the same general steps to configure notifications for each app; you should explore the options for the apps you use most often to ensure they work the best for you.

The following steps show how to configure Mail’s notifications, which is a good example because it supports a lot of notification features; other apps might have fewer features or might be organized slightly differently. But, configuring the notifications for any app follows a similar pattern.

Image Continuing in the Notification Center screen from the previous task, swipe up and down to browse all of the apps installed on your iPhone that support notifications.

Image Tap the app whose notifications you want to configure.

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Image If you want the app to provide notifications, set the Allow Notifications switch to on (green) and move to step 4. If you don’t want notifications from the app, set the Allow Notifications switch to off (white) and skip the rest of these steps.

Image Tap the account for which you want to configure notifications.

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Image To show notifications from the app/account in the Notification Center, set the Show in Notification Center switch to on (green); if you set this to off (white), notifications from the app/account are not shown in the Notification Center.

Image Tap Sounds.

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Image Use the resulting Sounds screen to choose the alert sound and vibration for new email messages to the account (refer to the section on setting general sound preferences earlier in this chapter for details on choosing sounds and vibrations).

Image Tap the back button located in the upper-left corner of the screen (it is labeled with the account’s name).

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Image To display the app’s badge, set the Badge App Icon switch to on (green).

Image If you want the app’s notifications for the account to appear on the Lock screen, slide the Show on Lock Screen switch to on (green).

Image Choose the type of notification you want by tapping None, Banners, or Alerts. You know which alert type is currently selected because its name appears in an oblong button.

Image If you don’t want a preview to appear in the app’s notifications, slide the Show Previews switch to off (white). For example, you might want to keep some types of messages private when you receive a notification; to do so, disable the Show Previews option for that account.

Image Tap the back button, which is located in the upper-left corner of the window and is labeled with the app you are configuring (Mail, in this example).

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Installed App Not Shown?

You must have opened an app at least once for it to appear on the Notifications screen.


Image Configure notifications for the other accounts used in the app.

Image Configure notifications for VIP email and threads.

Image Tap Notifications.

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Image Repeat these steps for each app shown on the Notification Center screen. Certain apps might not have all the options shown in these steps, but the process to configure their notifications is similar.

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VIPs Are Special

Mail supports VIPs, which are people from whom email messages are treated specially, such as having a dedicated mailbox in the Mail app. You can apply specific notification settings to VIP messages using the VIP option. These override the notification settings for the email account to which messages from VIPs are sent.