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How to change your iPhone lock screen notification layout in iOS 16

With iOS 16, you can choose how your lock screen notifications look. We’ll show you how.

Ios 16 icon with blurred iphone in background
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With the release of iOS 16, Apple added a ton of great quality-of-life features. One of those includes the ability to change how iPhone notifications are displayed on the lock screen.

These new options allow you to choose from multiple different options to find the notification system that is right for you.

The right setting could help save your sanity or make you more productive.

Let’s discuss how to customize your iPhone’s lock screen notification view in iOS i6.

How to change how iPhone lock screen notifications appear

Here’s how to customize the lock screen notification view in iOS 16

  1. Launch the Settings appIos 16 settings app

  2. Go to NotificationsNotifications menu on iphone

  3. In the Display As section, choose a display type: Count, Stack, or ListIos 16 notifications stack

Basically, the options appear in order of least to most invasive.

Here’s what each setting does:

Count: The minimalist approach. Shows a notification count but not the notifications themselves. You can, however, view your notifications by tapping the count.

Ios 16 notifications count
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Stack: Middle ground compromise. Stacks notifications at the bottom of the screen, showing the most recent at the top. Leaves your lock screen looking less overgrown with alerts.

Stack notifications in ios 16
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List: Full notification immersion. Shows a complete list of notifications on your lock screen, ensuring that your alerts are always all up in your face.

List option on iphone lock screen
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And there you have it. All of the different lock screen notification options for iOS 16.

Do you need all of those notifications?

Notifications used to mean something. Now an app will send you an alert just to remind you it’s still there. Do we really need all that noise in our lives?

Being able to customize the notification view in iOS is great.

However, even at the strictest setting, those alerts are still there, bubbling beneath the surface, waiting to be read.

Perhaps switching them off completely would be better for our sanity.

How important are your notifications, anyway? Do you really require alerts for every inane group chat message?

Do you need to know the instant your favorite streaming service releases a new season of something they can’t wait to cancel? Probably, yeah.

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Matt is an Australian writer with a degree in creative and critical writing. Prior to commencing his studies, he worked in tech support and gained valuable insights into technology and its users. He is also an editor and author coach at Dean Publishing.

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