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6 Ways to Get Rid of Those Annoying iPhone Notifications

Having a ton of apps on your phone is convenient, but a cluttered lock screen is stressful and unnecessary. Try these tricks to keep your phone organized.

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Turn off lock screen view                        

This is the easiest way to ensure that your phone screen isn’t filled with notifications when you pick it up for the first time in a few hours. You can choose the apps that you don’t want to show up on your lock screen. After doing this, there will just be a number next to the app when you unlock your phone to let you know there’s new information for you. Check out these hidden iPhone hacks you never knew about. Go to: Settings > Notifications > Choose the app you don’t want to send notifications to your lock screen > Turn off Show on Lock Screen

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Turn off banners

Turning off the banner notifications will keep you from getting distracted by other apps when you are actually using your phone. It’s probably best to only have the banner notifications turned on for text messages. Go to: Settings > Notifications > Choose the app you want to turn banner notifications off for > Turn Show as Banners off

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Turn off badge notifications

We all know that person who has 10,751 unread emails and isn’t bothered by the red badge icon with that ridiculously high number next to their mail app. If you can’t stand having those little red dots clogging up your home screen, you can turn them off. Try these secrets to have better smartphone battery lifeGo to: Settings > Notifications > Choose the app you want to turn badge notifications off for > Turn Badge App Icon off

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Offload unused apps

A lot of people don’t know that they can make their phone do the organizing for them. There is a tool called “Offload Unused Apps” that will automatically delete unused apps that have been sending you notifications and cluttering up your lock screen. If you don’t open an app for a certain number of days, your phone will delete it but save all the documents and data. So, in a few months, if choose to redownload it, all of your information will still be there. Go to: Settings > iTunes and App Store > Turn “Offload Unused Apps” on. To keep your phone feeling Zen, download one of our encouraging iPhone wallpapers!

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Turn on “Do Not Disturb”

This is the perfect setting for when you want to get a peaceful, uninterrupted night of sleep. Turning on the Do Not Disturb setting stops your phone from displaying any notifications. Don’t worry, once you disable the setting, all of your notifications will pop back up. Go to: Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to open the Control Center > Hit the crescent moon icon. Or go to: Settings > Do Not Disturb > Turn on Do Not Disturb

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Manage apps notifications

For some people, the only notifications they want on their phone are for text messages and phone calls. Your phone lets you turn off all notifications settings for your apps so you aren’t getting news alerts every five minutes or updated when someone likes your photos on Facebook. Next, learn about these tricks to use less cell phone dataGo to: Settings > Notifications > Choose the app you want to change notification settings for > Turn off Allow Notifications

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is an Associate Editor at Reader’s Digest. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She writes for, helps lead the editorial relationship with our partners, manages our year-round interns, and keeps the hundreds of pieces of content our team produces every month organized. In her free time, she likes exploring the seacoast of Maine where she lives and works remotely full time and snuggling up on the couch with her corgi, Eggo, to watch HGTV or The Office.

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