i0S5′s new notification system makes keeping track of new notifications and acting on them a piece of cake. Every notification is stored in one place and can be accessed at any time with a single swipe of the finger.
You can access the new Notification Center at any time no matter which app you’re in simply by swiping your finger down from the top of the screen.
When you swipe down. Notification Center will be pulled into view and you’ll be able to see all your current notifications.
To act on any notification in the list all you have to do is tap on it. This will take you directly to the relevant app, enabling you to action it quickly and easily.
To clear notifications that you don’t want to deal with all you have to do is tap the cross next to the appropriate one and then tap Clear when prompted. This will remove the notification enabling you to keep Notification Center tidy and uncluttered.
Now you know where and how to access Notification Center but there are several options you can use to further tailor it to your liking. To access these, return to the home screen and tap Settings.
Scroll down the list of functions and apps until you see Notification Center then tap it. This is where you can configure Notification Center to work the way you want it to.
You can have notifications listed chronologically in the order they appeared or you can choose to group them by App so all new notifications from a specific app appear together.
Select Time to have notifications displayed chronologically. This way you’ll see all your notifications displayed in the order in which they were received with the most recent at the top.
If you would prefer to group your notifications by the app from which they were generated, tap the Edit button.
You’ll see that a symbol showing three horizontal lines has appeared next to each app name. Holding your finger on this symbol and then sliding it up and down enables you to drag the app to the desired position in the list. For example if you choose to place it second in the list behind Mail then all Mail notifications will appear first in Notification Center followed by all notifications from the app you selected.
When you’re happy with the order in which your apps appear tap the Done button.
To adjust the notification settings for any individual app, just tap on the app title. You’ll then be able to choose how you want notifications from that app to be handled.
If you don’t want to receive alerts from a particular app, tap on its name then turn its notifications off.
If at any time you want to turn on notifications for an app you previously turned off, just click on the app name in settings and switch it back on. Notifications from that app will then appear in Notification Center as before.
Tap the back arrow when you’re happy with your choices to return to the main screen.
If you receive notifications when you’re iPhone is locked they will appear on the lock screen. This way you don’t have to go into Notification Center to check for new notifications every time you look at your phone.
You can access notifications straight from the lock screen by sliding the button next to the notification from left to right in exactly way you use the ‘slide to unlock’ button to unlock your iPhone normally. Doing this take you straight to the app for which notification appeared.
If there were multiple notification the lock screen you can review them by entering Notification Center as normal by swiping from the top of the screen.
If a notification is generated by any app while your phone is in use it will appear as an alert at the top of the screen. Unlike the old notification system it won’t pause or affect what you’re doing in any way. To act on it immediately just tap it to be taken straight to the relevant app.
If you don’t want to act on it immediately or you’re busy, don’t worry. Just ignore it and after a few seconds it will disappear.
You can add multiple recipients. When group messaging, the name of the sender appears above each message so you can easily keep track of who said what.
When you’re ready to deal with it, swipe down with your finger from the top of the screen to open Notification Center and you’ll find it there waiting for you.