How to Manage Push Notifications on the iPad

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On an iPad and other mobile devices, push notifications allow an app to notify you of an event without the need to open the app, such as the message that appears on your screen when you receive a message on Facebook or the vibrating buzz and sound that plays when you get a new email. This is a great feature that lets you know about events without taking the time to open a lot of apps, but it can also drain your battery life.

iPad notifications screen.

And if you get a lot of notifications from a lot of apps, it might simply be annoying. But don't worry, it is easy to turn off push notifications. And if you did accidentally turn them off, it is easy enough to turn them back on.

How to Manage iPad Notifications

Push notifications are managed on a per-app basis. This means you can turn off the notifications of a particular app, but there is no longer a global setting for turning all notifications off. You can also manage the way you are notified.

  1. First, go to your iPad settings by launching the Settings app. This is the icon that looks like gears.

  2. This will take you to a screen with a list of categories on the left side. Notifications are near the top, just under the Wi-Fi settings.

  3. After you choose the Notifications setting, you can scroll down the list of apps. The apps that have notifications turned on are listed first, followed by those that will not notify you at all.

  4. Tap the app you want to manage. This will take you to a screen that allows you to tune your notifications.

  5. If you want to turn off notifications completely, just flip the Allow Notifications switch to off.

  6. You can also remove the app from the Notification Center, which will keep messages from popping up on your screen, disable or customize the notification sound, choose whether or not to show the badge icon (the red circle displaying the number of notifications or alerts) and whether or not the notification shows up on the lock screen.

It's usually a good idea to keep notifications for events like Mail, Messages, Reminders and the Calendar. After all, it wouldn't do you any good to set a reminder if your iPad couldn't send you a notification of that reminder.

You can also customize the notification center by turning on and off features of the Today screen.