How to Turn off Notification on iPhone

You can turn them off temporarily or longer term

What to Know

  • Turn off notifications by app: Settings > Notifications. For each app make sure the slider for Allow Notifications is turned off.
  • To turn off all notifications (including calls): Open the Control Panel and select Do Not Disturb.
  • Or, on the Notifications screen, swipe left on a notification until you see the menu. Select Manage and choose how to handle notifications.

This article provides instructions for turning off notifications on an iPhone, including how to turn off notifications temporarily or longer, and information about what happens when you turn the notifications to Off.

How Do I Temporarily Turn off Notifications?

Turning off all notifications on your iPhone is easy. Enable the Do Not Disturb feature on your iPhone either through Settings or the Control Panel. Do Not Disturb will turn off all the notifications that come into your phone, including app notifications, mail and message notifications, and call notifications.

If that's not what you had in mind, there are a few other ways to manage your notifications, too.

How Do You Turn off Notification on iPhone?

Although using Do Not Disturb to turn off your notifications can be temporary (when you're ready, turn off Do Not Disturb to begin receiving notifications again), you can also turn off your notifications temporarily just for specific apps.

For example, if you want to receive calls and messages, but you don't want to receive other types of notifications from a specific app, turn them off temporarily (or permanently) through Settings.

  1. Go to Settings > Notifications.

  2. Here you can alter notifications for any app. Tap the app to adjust notifications as you need.

  3. Choose the options that best suit you for the notifications for the app. Choose to disable Allow Notifications or change where and how notifications, sounds, and badges appear.

    Once you've finished making your selections, close out of Notifications. When you're ready to get the notifications again, follow these instructions to change the settings again.

    Screenshots showing how to adjust notifications on iPhone.

Change Notifications Settings From an Incoming Notification

There is also an alternative to using this method to silence notifications for specific apps. If you receive a notification from an app for which you want to turn off notifications, adjust notification settings directly from the notification.

  1. On the Notifications screen that appears when you wake your iPhone, slowly slide a notification to the left. A menu should appear on the right side of the notification.

  2. Select Manage.

  3. On the screen that appears, select Deliver Quietly or Turn Off. If you choose Deliver Quietly, the notification will still appear in your Notification Center, but it won't make noise or vibrate your phone. If you choose Turn Off, the notifications will be turned off completely until you turn them back on.

    You also can tap Settings to be taken to the same settings screen you used above to turn off notifications.

    Screenshots showing how to turn off notifications from the Notification Center.

How Do You Turn off All Notifications on iPhone?

The most common way to silence all notifications on iPhone at this time is to use Do Not Disturb, which is detailed above. But if you truly want quiet time, you can also flip the Silence switch on the left side of your phone to Off (It will show red when Off and silver when On).

This action silences all notifications instantly, and they will remain silenced until you move the switch back to the On position.

What Happens When You Turn off Notifications on iPhone?

If you're stressed about turning off the notifications on your phone, don't be. While turning them off either using Do Not Disturb or using one of the methods to change the notifications for individual apps, you can always turn them back on when you're ready.

And if you think you may forget to turn them back on, you can always set a reminder to do it later.

FAQ
  • How do I turn off live notifications for Facebook on an iPhone?

    If you don't want to receive notifications from Facebook about a live video, it's easy to turn off these notifications. In the Facebook app, tap Menu (three lines), then tap Settings & Privacy > Settings > Notification Settings. Tap Video, then toggle off Allow Notifications on Facebook.

  • How do I turn off push notifications on an iPhone?

    Push notifications can be one of several things: badge icons next to an app icon that show how many unread notifications for that app there are, banners that appear at the top of your screen, alerts that appear in the middle of your screen, and sounds that indicate an alarm or timer. Turn off these push notifications in the same way as described above: Go to Settings > Notifications, tap the app, then toggle off Allow Notifications.

  • How do I turn off email notifications on an iPhone?

    Go to Settings > Notifications, then scroll down and select Mail. Toggle off Allow Notifications, or select a specific email client, such as Gmail, and toggle off Allow Notifications for that client.

  • How do I turn off news notifications on an iPhone?

    Go to Settings > Notifications, then scroll down and select News. To stop notifications from all news sources, toggle off Allow Notifications. To stop notifications from specific sources, tap News Notification Settings; under Channels You Follow, toggle off any channels from which you no longer wish to receive notifications.

  • How do I turn off notifications when I'm talking on my iPhone?

    Unfortunately, there's no official way to disable notifications only when you're on a call. One workaround is to turn off sound (enter Silent Mode) before taking a call. However, if you have Vibration enabled in Settings > Accessibility > Touch, you'll still feel your phone vibrate if notifications are allowed.

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