How to Access Notification Center on iPad and iPhone with iOS 13 & iOS 12

Nov 4, 2018 - 9 Comments

Where are notifications in iOS on iPhone and iPad

Can’t find Notification Center? Some iPad and iPhone users may be wondering where they can see all of their notifications and alerts on their devices with iOS 13 and iOS 12.

Accessing Notification Center on an iPhone or iPad is easy with iOS 13 and iOS 12, it’s just a matter of using the proper swipe gesture from the correct location.

How to See Notification Center in iOS 13 and iOS 12

Finding all of your notifications and alerts is easy on an iPhone or iPad with Notification Center, here’s how you can access it on the latest and greatest versions of iOS system software:

  • From the Home Screen or within an app in iOS, swipe down from the middle of the top of the screen to access Notification Center
  • Swipe down from the middle of the very top of the screen to access Notification Center in iOS

  • Keep pulling down until you see Notification Center
  • How to find and access Notification Center in iOS

It’s important to swipe down from the center of the top of the screen, as if you swipe down from the top-right corner then instead you will access Control Center in iOS 13 and iOS 12 on the iPad and some iPhone models. If you find yourself in Control Center, you swiped down too far from the right, so instead aim for the top center of the screen to swipe down from.

Accessing Notification Center in iOS 12

Once you’re in Notification Center you can browse your notifications and alerts as usual, dismissing them, clearing them, and adjusting them as necessary.

Remember, new to iOS 12 and later is that you can quickly turn off future notifications or place them into ‘quiet’ delivery, right from the Notification Center, by swiping over on the notifications and then choosing “Manage” and adjusting the options as desired:

Manage Notifications in Notification Center

If you find the notifications and alerts to be annoying, for example perhaps you’re tired of the tabloid splashy News app deliveries, then you might want to disable the “News” and tabloid notifications and alerts on the iOS lock screens, which you can do from the “Manage” option within notification Center, or from the Notifications section of the Settings app.


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


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  1. Jonathan Schor says:

    So what if you cannot swipe? In fact, I use a stylus. So what then?

    • Louie says:

      You should be able to swipe with your stylus, just as you would with your finger. Even if not, you can still use your finger to swipe. Using a stylus or the apple pencil does not disable finger gestures.

    • tron says:

      You can swipe with your stylus Jonathan. A stylus is capacitive and interacts with the screen the same way a finger, toe, nose, etc does. You can even use a hot dog to swipe and tap on iPhone and iPad.

      It’s all the same.

  2. Ben Stern says:

    My neighbor set up a quick access button on the screen of my iPhone and it shows up on every screen I see. It is great . You can move it around so it doesn’t interfere with the current screen . When you click on it a small pop-up window opens up with Notifications, custom, device, Siri, Home, and control center buttons. Each button opens the appropriate small pop-up window.
    It is really great, but for the life of me I can’t recall how he set it up. I want to set it up on my wife’s phone. Maybe you can give that as a tip one day.

    • avenged110 says:

      I believe you’re talking about “Assistive Touch.” It should have a toggle in the Accessibility settings.

  3. Techsticles says:

    Now they need a way to customize these “quick” settings. The choices are basically off and really off. What if I just want to disable the sound?

    • Tron says:

      Notification Center is just a distraction machine, and an ADHD Generator. Turn the whole thing off, disable every notification.

      The only notifications anyone needs are phone calls and messages. No exceptions.

  4. Mike says:

    How do you fit all those apps into the Dock?

    • Uno says:

      Drag apps into the Dock to fit them into the iPad Dock.

      The iPhone only supports 4 apps in Dock, but iPad supports a lot more.

      Plus iPad gets more with the suggested apps thing, which is kind of annoying but also kind of useful!

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