How to Turn Off iPhone Notifications

Are you constantly inundated with push notifications reminding you to play some random game? Have you had enough of pings, dings, and buzzes for one day? It’s time to take control of notifications on iOS before they take control of you.

Temporarily Silence Notifications Using Do Not Disturb

If all you want to do is temporarily silence notifications, the Do Not Disturb feature in iOS may be your best friend -- and it’s only a swipe away from just about anywhere on your device.

1. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to get to Control Center

2. Tap the Do Not Disturb icon— it’s shaped like a crescent moon. In iOS 8 and later, the button will turn from gray to white when activated.

While Do Not Disturb is turned on, your phone won’t play any alert sounds or vibrate when you receive a notification while your phone is locked; notifications will still appear on the lock screen.

Change Do Not Disturb Settings

If you want to customize what sort of notifications get through and when Do Not Disturb kicks in, go to Settings and tap Do Not Disturb. Here, you can schedule specific times when you don’t want to be disturbed -- overnight, say -- and specify whose calls can override your Do Not Disturb mode. (By default, iOS allows calls from anyone you’ve marked as a favorite. You can also specify that calls from everyone or no one are allowed.)

Worried that an important call won't get through? iPhones have a Repeated Calls setting that allows a second call from the same person within three minutes of the first call to not be silenced; the setting is on by default.

Turn Off Notifications for Specific Apps

If you want to keep notifications for some apps while preventing others from sending notifications entirely, you can do that as well through iOS’s Notifications settings.

1. Open the Settings app and tap Notifications.

2. Tap the app whose notifications you want to silence. (In the above screenshot, we've selected the Messages app.)

3. Slide the Allow Notifications toggle to the “Off” position.

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