Forget needing to check your apps manually to figure out whether something has happened in them that you need to pay attention to. These days, apps are smart enough to send you notifications that there's something you need to check out. These alerts, called push notifications, can show up as badges on apps or messages that pop up on your iOS device's screen. This article explains how to configure and use them.
To take advantage of iPhone push notifications, you'll need:
- An iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running iOS 3.0 or higher
- Apps that support push
- A web connection (4G or Wi-Fi)
- To turn push notifications on, first install an app that supports them.
- Next, tap the Settings app.
- What you see in Settings depends on what version of the iOS you're running. On iOS 5 and up, tap Notification Center. On iOS 3 and 4, tap the Notifications menu (if you don't see it, you likely don't have an app that supports push) and move the slider to On.
- If you're on iOS 5 and up, you can skip this step. In iOS 3 and 4, turning notifications on will reveal the apps on your device that support push notifications.
- There are multiple ways for push notifications to display content to you. You can control these options by app, so different apps can display their content differently. To control these options, tap on an app.
- Begin by choosing an Alert Style. Your options are None, Banners (which are small messages that stack on the iPhone's home screen), or Alerts (bigger boxes that are centered on the home screen). Tap the one you prefer.
- Next, you can choose whether you want a Badge App Icon (a red number that appears on the app's icon that indicates how many messages/alerts the app has for you) to appear or Sound to play when there's an alert. Move the sliders to Green/On to enable these options.
- In iOS 5 and up, you can determine whether the notifications appear in the Notification Center feature. To allow this, move the Show in Notification Center slider to On/Green and choose the number of notifications you want to appear for that app in Notification Center (1, 5, or 10).
- Lastly, you can choose whether or not push notifications appear on your iPhone's lock screen by moving the slider.