How to Stop Apps Sending Alerts & Notifications to an iPhone or iPad
If you’re the type of iPhone or iPad user who prefers to strictly control what alerts and notifications get pushed to their iOS device, you may be bothered by an unsolicited notification coming to your lock screen or the Notifications panel of iOS. Many apps will try to send you notifications by default, and even some of the Apple bundled apps will opt into that default as well. If those alerts bother you and quickly clearing them isn’t sufficient, the best thing you can do is to simply disable a specific apps ability to post a notification to your device.
This is a really useful way to limit potential annoyance that comes with having too many apps that can push alerts to your screen.
For this specific walkthrough example, we’ll demonstrate disabling incoming notifications and alerts of all types from the App Store application, which comes bundled on all iOS devices. The App Store is actually a really quiet application and rarely pushes notifications, while there are many third party apps that are prolific if not outright egregious with their usage of notifications and alerts, and those apps in particular may benefit from disabling their notification ability this way.
Disable All Notifications for an App in iOS
This works the same in all modern versions of iOS on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:
- Open the “Settings” app and choose “Notifications”
- Locate and choose the app to adjust push notification behavior from as found in the Notifications settings list
- Flip the “Allow Notifications” toggle into the OFF position
- Repeat for other apps as desired, then exit out of Settings as usual
The changes take effect immediately, so if you disable alerts for any app, like Candy Crush or Clash of Clans, you’ll instantly get zero inbound alerts, banners, or lock screen notifications for those apps that have had the notifications ability disabled.
It’s important to realize that this turns off all aspects of notifications, including the banner, the alert, the sound effect, the buzzing – everything. If you don’t want to go that far, you can simply adjust the settings instead, or just mute a specific notification, like the mail alert sound, or even badge icon.
Do you want a alert when you get a new Snapchat message or Facebook comment? Do you want your phone to chime while you’re laying in bed because your Clash of Clans base got raided? Do you need an alert that the App Store is having a specific promotion? Do you want to know that your DuoLingo streak is going to end? Do you want to get email pings for your junk mail account? Thats up to you, different things matter to different people, so adjust what you find in the Notifications panel as appropriate to your specific needs, maybe you want those app alerts, maybe you don’t want AMBER alerts, maybe you don’t care about any of it. And remember another completely valid approach is to use the excellent Do Not Disturb feature on a timer, which basically sets a block of time where none of the aforementioned alerts can bug you.