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By default, iOS shows notifications in the order you received them. That can be handy, of course, but if you get a lot of notifications, you may find it easier to group notifications by the app they come from. You can also sort notifications manually so that the apps you care about always show their notifications first on your list. Here’s how to do that in iOS.
iOS lets you manage notifications pretty well. You can turn them on or off altogether. You can control what apps do and don’t send notifications. And for each app that you allow to send notifications, you can control whether the notifications appear on your lock screen and in the notification center, whether they play a sound when a notification appears, and even whether they display a badge on the app’s icon that shows how many unread notifications there are. Put together, these options give you a decent amount of control.
By default, notifications are displayed in chronological order.
If you receive a lot of notifications from particular apps, though, and you want to keep seeing those notifications, you may find it more useful to group notifications by app instead of when you received them. On your iOS device, fire up your Settings app. On the main Settings page, tap Notifications.
On the Notifications page, switch the “Group By App” toggle to the on position.
Now, when you view notifications, they are nicely arranged by the app doing the notifying.
One of the big advantages to this is that you can now easily scan and clear all notifications from a particular app. Just tap the X to the right of the app’s name.
And then tap the Clear button to make all notifications from that app go away.
If you really get a lot of notifications, the other setting you can change that might make things easier for you is the sort order in which notifications are displayed. Back on the Notifications pages, tap the “Sort Order” option.
On the Sort Order page, tap Manual.
Use the handles to the right of an app to drag it higher or lower on the list. You’ll see notifications from the apps you gave priority earlier in the list so that you get to the important stuff first without being bothered by all your other notifications. You can use this feature along with the group by apps feature or on its own.
And that’s all there is to it. It’s super easy change whether notifications are shown chronologically or grouped by app, so play with the setting and see what you prefer. Or, just switch back and forth between the views when you need to. For even better control, you can manually sort the order in which app notifications are displayed.
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Learn about the new time-ordered notifications in iOS 9’s Notification Center, and how to switch between app and time-based sorting.
With iOS 9 and the advent of near-instant Touch ID unlocking on newer iOS devices like the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, Apple decided to change the way sorting is handled in the Notification Center. Previously, Notification Center was sorted by app instead of by the time of the notification’s arrival; however, if you have near-instant unlocking of your devices, then you’d lose the ability to see notifications in order of the time in which they were received.
Fortunately, Notification Center in iOS 9 can be sorted based on time ordering instead of app ordering. Here’s how to make this switch, or return to the standard pre-iOS 9 ordering of notifications in their app-based state.
Time-based sorting in Notification Center
By default, iOS 9’s Notification Center will sort incoming notifications by time instead of by the app that sent them. If you’ve previously changed this setting, or you’re not seeing the sorting happen in this manner, you can change the setting by performing the following steps.
- Open the Settings app.
- Navigate to Notifications | Sort Order.
- Ensure Sort Order is set to Recent.
- Navigate back to the Notifications section.
- Ensure that Group By App is disabled (Figure A).
App-based sorting in Notification Center
If you want to go back to the pre-iOS 9 way of sorting where the Notification Center is sorted by the name of the app and not by time of the notification coming in, this is how you change the settings.
- Open the Settings app.
- Navigate to Notifications.
- Enable the option to Group By App.
This will cause all notifications to be sorted by app, and then time of arrival under the app name heading. You can manually sort the app sort order by opening Settings | Notifications | Sort Order, selecting Manually, and then dragging the app names to change the sorting (Figure B).
I just downloaded and installed the new iOS 10 and the first thing I noticed that I want to change is the notifications. I would like to get them grouped by app again, how I had them set up on iOS 9. However, I can’t seem to find this option anywhere in the settings. Can someone please tell me how I can change this setting or if it’s no longer an option?
Thank you in advance.
iPhone 6, iOS 10
Posted on Sep 13, 2016 11:30 AM
You can submit your feedback to Apple here:
Sep 14, 2016 4:24 PM
I actually called support and yes this is no longer an offered feature with the new ios and in order to get this feature back everyone needs to go to apple.com/feedback and report that you would like it back and with the next update they may do that if enough people request it.
Sep 14, 2016 4:25 PM
You are right. The new Notification Center makes our life so difficult and wastes our time
Please Apple return back the old feature “sort by apps”.
Sep 13, 2016 5:57 PM
Yeah, the new notification center is awful.
I”m using it on an iPad, not an iPhone (don’t trust it on my iPhone yet).
1) No clear indication of which part of notification center you’re in (just two very easy to miss dots at the bottom of the screen).
2) the notification center widget “edit” mentions left column vs right column, but this has absolutely no apparently meaning. If you’re in notification center and rotate the screen to landscape, column do not form. It also doesn’t have any relevance to left (widget) screen vs right (notifications) screen.the
3) the “group by app” in settings isn’t there anymore (nor the “sort order”). Which are SORELY missed.
4) to scroll through widgets, you have to touch the widgets, you can’t put your finger into the margin to scroll. Which, because IOS is so horrible about detecting grab vs click, is prone to activating the widget instead of bypassing it.
So far, the rest of IOS 10 is just “slightly different”. But Notification center? HORRIBLE.
Optimize the Outlook mobile app for your phone or tablet
After you set up email in Outlook for Android or Outlook for iOS, you can customize the mobile app to stay connected the way you want. Click on the handy tips below to learn how to optimize Outlook for your mobile device.
Customize swipe options to quickly take action on emails in your inbox.
Tap Settings > Swipe Options.
Tap Swipe Right or Swipe Left and select an action.
Focused Inbox separates your inbox into two tabs—Focused and Other. Your most important emails are on the Focused tab while the rest remain accessible on the Other tab. Focused Inbox is on by default.
Scroll down to Focused Inbox, then tap the button to toggle the setting.
Organize mail by thread arranges messages as conversational threads based on the message Subject. Organize mail by thread is on by default.
Scroll down to Organize mail by thread, then tap the button to toggle the setting.
Switch to the Calendar view.
Tap the View icon, then select Agenda, Day, or 3-Day view.
Tap and hold to select the message.
Tap an action from the list.
Tap the message to open it.
Tap the ellipses … , then tap an action.
Update notifications for specific email accounts
Open the Outlook app.
Go to Settings > Notifications under Mail OR Notifications under Calendar.
Change which email accounts you wish to see notifications for.
Update device notifications for the Outlook app
On your device, go to Settings > Notifications.
Scroll down your list of apps to Outlook.
Update how you wish to receive notifications.
On both Android and iOS you can easily add Outlook to the “dock” on your home screen. This means that no matter what page of your home screen you’re on, the Outlook app will always be just 1-click away.
Hold your finger on the Outlook app icon.
Drag it to the dock/app bar at the bottom of your screen.
Note: If you need to make room, hold your finger on an another app in the dock and drag it onto the home screen.
Adding the Outlook calendar widget makes it easy to get your agenda for the day. You’ll always be able to see your upcoming events at a glance!
Hold your finger on an empty space on your home screen.
Tap Widgets at the bottom of your screen.
Swipe until you find the Outlook group. Tap it.
Touch and hold the Outlook Agenda widget and move it to where you want in your home screen.
Choose your settings and tap Ok. Then drag the borders of the widget to the size you like.
Swipe down from the top of your screen to bring down the notification center.
Swipe to the right to view your widgets and scroll to the bottom. Tap Edit.
Scroll down the list of apps and tap the + next to Outlook. Tap Done.
You can access your widgets easily by swiping down or swiping to the left most screen on home.
Avoid clutter on your phone or tablet’s screen by hiding the unused email and calendar apps that come with your phone.
Hold your finger on the native email apps like Gmail or Calendar.
Drag it to the trash can icon that says Remove at the top of your screen.
Note: Don’t worry! This does not delete the app, it simply removes it from your home screen. You can always re-add it again later.
Hold your finger on the native email apps like Mail or Calendar.
When the apps are shaking, drag one on top of the other to make a new folder.
Note: Doing this makes it easy to clear space on your home screen, as Apple doesn’t allow you to hide or remove these apps.
You can now mark contacts as favorites to see notifications and conversations involving these contacts first.
To mark a contact as a favorite, open their profile card, then select the star at the top left of the card. Once you have one or more favorite contacts, you can select an email account from the account sidebar to see all recent conversations with your favorite contacts displayed before your other messages.
Note: This feature does not work in the All Accounts view.
You can set notifications for your favorite contacts, as well as drag and drop them to change the order in which they’re displayed.
Updating the Outlook app to the latest version means you get all the bug fixes, security updates, and new features you need to be productive. You can update the Outlook mobile app from your device’s app store.
Open the Play Store on your Android device.
Search for Microsoft Outlook.
Note: If it says Open instead of Update, then you’re already on the latest version of Outlook for Android.
Open the App Store on your iPhone or iPad.
Tap Updates on the bottom bar.
Scroll to Microsoft Outlook and tap Update.
Note: If it says Open instead of Update, then you’re already on the latest version of Outlook for iOS.
Talk to your Microsoft 365 admin for support. If you are the admin, contact Office 365 for business support.
Download a quick reference guide to your Outlook mobile app.
For self-help troubleshooting tips see Troubleshoot email setup on mobile.
Next week, Apple is giving iPhone and iPad owners more control over when and how often some apps alert them.
iOS 15 brings many new features to the iPhone and iPad, and it’s looking as if Notification Summary is going to be a hit. Here’s what you need to know.
Apple is releasing iOS 15 on Sept. 20 and it’s coming with a much-needed overhaul to the iPhone’s notification system. With iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 , Apple is adding a bunch of new features centered on notifications and alerts. For example, a new Focus mode replaces Do Not Disturb , making it possible to automate exactly when and which apps will make your phone buzz. There are also new options to mute an apps’ alerts for an hour or the rest of the day, and a new Notification Summary.
After a few minutes of initial setup, Notification Summary will start displaying alerts in one, compact notification card at a predetermined time — instead of all at once. You can choose which app notifications you want to bundle together.
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I’ve been testing the iOS 15 beta and have appreciated being able to still see alerts from apps like Firewalla or Yelp only a couple of times a day rather than getting interrupted at random times throughout the day. Below I’ll walk you through everything you need to know about Notification Summary so you’re ready when iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 are released on Monday.
Getting started with Notification Summary in iOS 15
Once you’ve downloaded iOS 15, the quickest way to get Notification Summary turned on and set up is to open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad and select Notifications. Next, tap on the option labeled Scheduled Summary at the top of the screen.
You should see a splash screen like the one in the screenshot below, detailing what Notification Summary is and walking you through the setup process. You’ll be presented with a list of apps, with the noisiest at the top. Select as many apps as you want to add to your summary from the list then tap the Add X Apps button when you’re done. Don’t feel like you have to finalize your list right now — you can always go back and add or remove apps from the list at any time.
Next, you’ll be asked when you’d like to see your summary. The default setting is one summary at 8 a.m. and another at 6 p.m. You can edit the times, as well as add or remove times from the list. When you’re done, tap Turn on Notification Summary.
Now all you have to do is wait for your specified time to come and you’ll see a summary card showing you all of the alerts it’s been holding, organized by the apps and alerts you interact with the most at the top and those apps you don’t interact with all that often at the bottom.
Initial setup of Notification Summary takes just a few taps.
Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET
Fine tune your iPhone’s Notification Summary
The basic setup process is quick and painless, but it doesn’t cover all of the settings and features you can enable for notification summary.
To further customize the feature, go back into the Settings app then go to Notifications > Scheduled Summary.
Here you can edit the times your summaries show up, or if you want to have your summaries visible at all times, turn on Show Next Summary. This is also where you can go if you want to edit which apps show up in your summary.
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Safari Notifications can be great, but a flood of them can hide what you really want to see. Here’s how to get them under control, and specify which notifications will be displayed to you in macOS.
There’s no end-all, be-all set of steps for enabling or disabling notifications — the process is highly dependent on your personal preferences. Instead, it mostly boils down to learning what each option does. This guide is designed to show you the plethora of options you have to manage notifications in macOS Catalina.
Where to find the Notifications settings in macOS Catalina
- Click the Apple menu in the top left corner of your screen
- Click System Preferences
- Click Notifications
Once in Notifications, you’ll be able to customize your notifications to your heart’s content. Here’s a list of the options you’ll run into, as well as what each option does.
Do Not Disturb
If you’ve got an iPhone, you’re probably already familiar with Do Not Disturb (DND) mode. When your Mac is in DND, all notifications are stopped and held for later review. You can set up specific times and scenarios for your Mac to hide notifications such as 10:00 pm until 7:00 am, when your display is sleeping, or when you’re projecting your screen.
You can also allow specific notifications — such as call notifications — to “break through” Do Not Disturb, enabling you to receive them when other notifications are hidden.
Toggling Notifications on and off
Below “Do Not Disturb”, you’ll find a list of all the applications on your Mac that have the ability to push notifications to you. Here, you’ll be able to set what permissions these apps have when it comes to sending notifications.
Toggling “Allow Notifications from. ” for a specific app allows you to toggle any alerts on and off easily.
App alert style
You can further customize the type of alert you get, too. Every app can have one of three types of alert styles.
- None: Notifications don’t appear on-screen at all
- Banners: Notifications appear in the top right corner of the screen and disappear after a few seconds
- Alerts: Notifications appear in the top right corner stay on the screen until you dismiss them
Customizing Notification preferences in macOS
There are an additional set of notification preferences for each individual app. Toggling these on and off allows you to further customize the way notifications can interact with your Mac.
You can set notification preferences in the Canvas Student app to receive updates about your Canvas courses. Once notifications are selected, notifications are sent to you even if you have not opened the Canvas Student app. You can choose to set notifications for specific communication channels, or you can set notifications for all your available channels.
Communication channels in the Canvas Student app match the same notification options within your Notification Preferences in the browser version of Canvas. Any preferences updated in the app will be reflected in the browser version.
The images in this lesson are shown for a phone display, but unless otherwise noted, tablet displays mirror the same steps.
Open User Menu
On the Dashboard, tap the Menu icon.
Tap the Settings link.
Select Communications Channel
All notification communication channels available to you display in the Settings page.
View Email Notifications
The Email Notifications link displays all email addresses added to your account.
Set Notification Preferences
The Email Notifications link displays all email addresses added to your account. Tap the email address where you want to set notifications .
Email notifications match the notification types set in the browser version of Canvas. Options include Immediately, Daily, Weekly, or Never.
To change a notification email frequency, tap the notification name . A list will display with the list of frequency options. Tap the name of the desired frequency.
View Other Notification Channels
Any other notification communication channels available to you can be set in the app.
Tap the communication channel you want to view.
Set Notification Preferences
By default, all other communication notifications can either be on or off.
Enabled notifications show the toggle to the right  and are sent ASAP.
To disable a notification, tap the slider (toggle will be on the left) . Disabled notifications are never sent.
Twitter’s non-chronological timeline was always a bit controversial. After all, the beauty of Twitter is that things are happening in real time, and what’s the point of reading through Twitter if you’re not discovering things as they are occurring?
Whatever reasons Twitter had for implementing this policy, it decided to reverse its course back in late 2018 and allowed users to opt back into a chronological Twitter feed. The keyword here is “opt in” — you still have to manually elect this option to read Twitter the classic way. Here’s how to turn it on.
- Open your Twitter app. If you’ve ever wondered about that sparkly icon on the upper right corner is, well, that’s your magic button.
- Tap it and you’ll get the option to “See latest Tweets instead.”
It’s as easy as that. On the web, you’ll Immediately see the difference. To refresh your feed and see tweets chronologically on your mobile app, either close your app fully and reopen it, or tap the home icon on the lower left corner (there should be a dot over the icon now that indicates new tweets have arrived.) You can also tap the home icon then drag down your feed to manually refresh the stream.
If you decide that chronological just isn’t for you, you can always head back to the sparkle icon and revert to the top tweets feature to get tweets Twitter recommends for you.
This feature is now available for Android, iOS, and the web version of Twitter.
Before iOS 15 officially rolls out, you can try some of its most useful new features in the public beta now.
It looks like we’re just weeks away from the official rollout of iOS 15, which is expected to be available when the iPhone 13 launches later this month.
But if you’re impatient, you can still try the next-gen version of the iPhone operating system before it’s fully baked by downloading the public beta . We’ve got a step-by-step guide on how to download it , as well as a preview of our thoughts on some of the biggest changes. As with all betas, not every single feature is currently available and others will definitely change before the release is finalized . But in case you just want to dive right in, here are some of the key features you should take some time to play around with.
Focus is sort of like Apple’s take on the good ol’ AIM away message, but for the modern era. In short, you can set up several profiles for different scenarios that give you more control over how you interact with your phone. On vacation? You can block notifications from your work apps and email. Sneaking out for a workout during lunch? Same thing, except you can opt to allow messages from Slack in case something urgent comes up. You can even create custom home screens that only show you the apps you want to see for a particular scenario.
You can set up Focus profiles by either opening your Settings or swiping from the top right to access the Control Center. Focus profiles are extremely customizable, so you can really go ham experimenting on what works best for you.
Schedule Your Notifications
Schedule Your Notifications
Some notifications are necessary. Most aren’t. Still, sometimes you want to know about an Uber or Postmates discount code—just not whenever it is the app decides to bug you. The nice thing about iOS 15 is you can now bundle the not-so-important notifications and schedule them to show up at a time of your choosing. Direct messages still go through, and you can choose which apps are part of your Scheduled Summary and which aren’t. (You can even see the average number of notifications a particular app will send you in a day.) Again, this is highly customizable so you can tailor your summary to suit your actual needs instead of relying on an algorithm.