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How to silence notifications on your iPhone

Tired of getting pinged every time you get a new text message? You can change that.

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One of the coolest things of modern life from an ’80s kid perspective is that we’ve got a computer in our pockets that can continually keep us connected to our friends, family, and the larger world. It’s also one of the most annoying things, as all of that connectivity and expanded social circles means that you could be left with a continuous stream of notifications.

That’s okay to some, but to introverts like me, I just want them to shut the hell up. I mean, I can open my messaging apps at any time of the day to see anything that needs replying to, why do I need to jump through hoops to reply within seconds of receiving a message?

The answer to this is pretty simple on iOS – turn off notifications for the apps that you don’t want to be bothered by.

How to turn off notifications on iPhone

  • Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad, scroll down to Notifications and tap on it

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Now scroll down to find all the apps installed on your iPhone and turn off their notifications individually. Maybe you don’t want your messaging apps to ping you every time you get a message, or maybe you really don’t care if Photos has added new snaps to your photo reel.

We’ll show you how to turn off notifications for one as an example.

  • Tap on the app you want to turn notifications off for

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  • Tap on the toggle switch next to Allow Notifications so it switches to the off position

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  • If you only want to limit where notifications appear, set where it can show them by tapping on Lock Screen, Notification Center, or Banners, and toggle Sounds and Badges on or off

That’s it, now you can stop iOS from pestering you every time you get a message in your messaging apps. Handy for when you want to unplug, or as a guard against iOS messaging bugs when those crop up.

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