Being bombarded with notifications isn’t really fun for anyone, and if you’re wondering how to turn off notifications on iPhone, you’re not alone.
While turning on Do Not Disturb can give you a reprieve from notifications, it’s not really a permanent fix, while the steps we’ve outlined below can help you fine-tune and turn off your notifications completely. .
How to Disable Notifications on iPhone
There are different levels you can access on your iPhone to turn off notifications – the most detailed being on an app-by-app basis, as follows.
- Open the Settings app
- Tap Notifications
- Scroll down and tap an app of your choice
- Disable Allow Notifications
That’s it – it will disable that app’s ability to send you notifications, and you’ll just have to do the equivalent for each app in your library.
It may take a long time if you have a whole bunch of apps installed, but it’s worth the effort.
How to Enable Do Not Disturb on iPhone
If you want to use a more temporary setting to get some quiet, you can use Do Not Disturb, and you can now customize how it works. To use it, follow the steps below.
- Pull down on the top right of your screen to open the control center
- Tap Focus
- Tap Do Not Disturb
This will activate the mode, but you can customize it by tapping the three dots next to the setting for this last step.
If you tap on Settings, you’ll get to a page where you can set up lots of exemptions, from people in your contacts to specific apps.
You’ll also be able to schedule the mode to start at a specific time each day and turn off at another, making it much easier to set boundaries between work and personal life.
You can even set up filters that prevent access to certain conversations or apps while you’re using the mode, if you find them distracting.
All of this will silence notifications while it’s active – although notifications will still be sent and collected, just much quieter. So to completely avoid sending them in the first place, we always recommend going app by app as described above.