Sort Notifications in iOS by Time of Arrival

Nov 11, 2011 - 6 Comments

Notifications in iOS sorting by recency, time of arrival

If you get a ton of alerts or use the iOS Notification Center as a queuing system, sorting them by most recent event is preferential to grouping them by app. This makes it so you can quickly scan Notifications on iPad and iPhone by what came in most recently, rather than by what application the notification came from.

How to Set Notifications to Sort by Recency & Date in iOS

Here’s how to sort notifications based on their time of arrival:

  1. Open “Settings” and tap on “Notifications”
  2. Under “Sort By” tap on “Recent” or “By Time” (wording depends in iOS release)

This option is available in all versions of iOS regardless of what it looks like:

Sort iOS app notifications by time of arrival

Pull down Notification Center from the clock in iOS and you’ll see the new grouping arrangement, where items will be mixed together in accordance to their occurrence, rather than by app.

You can do a similar trick on the Mac with notification center sorting by time as well


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. ramona kiske says:

    How can I relay notifications to another device over Jabber texting?

    I use the ZOM client (

  2. […] precisely where an app is displayed within Notification Center, rather than relying on the two default sorting options. Do that just by dragging them around according to where you want each apps respective placement […]

  3. […] The default setting for Notification Center in both OS X and iOS is to sort alerts from apps manually, a setting which doesn’t make much sense if you use Notifications as a timeline of events and want the most recent always on top. Fortunately, changing Notification Center to arrange alerts by time is as simple in OS X as with iOS: […]

  4. Murphy says:

    Mine seem to be grouped by app regardless of what I choose. Anyone else seeing that?

    I noticed the same thing before I updated to 5.0.1

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