By the looks of it, one of iOS 12+ primary goals is to help you foster a healthier relationship with your smartphone. This is a general trend across the smartphone industry, and it makes sense for Apple to spearhead the market.
That includes new features like Screen Time and updates to Do Not Disturb, but there are also some refinements to the ways that iOS handles notifications.
One of those ways is called Instant Tuning, and it allows users to — among other things — get their notifications more “quietly.”
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What Are ‘Quiet’ Notifications?
Instant Tuning is an iOS 12+ and iPadOS feature that allows users to quickly adjust and manage their notification setting without delving into the actual Settings app.
In other words, you’ll be able to swipe on a notification and instantly “mute” the specific app without leaving your Lock screen or Notification Center.
Basically, when an app is set to deliver its notifications “quietly,” those notifications won’t show on the Lock screen. You also won’t hear any notification sounds or see a banner across the top of your device on the Home screen or in other apps.
These quiet notifications can be found in the Notification Center, which is accessed by swiping down from the top of your device’s display (the top-right on the iPhone X).
Basically, it’s a quick way of putting an end to spammy notifications or alerts from apps that just aren’t relevant to your life at any given moment.
And it should help users avoid the scourge of constant notifications barraging them throughout a given day. In other words, turning on Deliver Quietly is probably a good idea for most of your apps.
How to Enable Quiet Notifications
Enabling quiet notifications is extremely easy. All you need is a notification.
Either find one on your Lock screen or swipe down from the top of your iPhone or iPad to open the Notification Center. (On the iPhone X, swipe down from the top-left.)
- Find a notification
- Swipe from the right to the left on a notification you’d like to deliver quietly. This will bring up some additional options.
- Tap on the box labeled Manage.
- Then, tap on Deliver Quietly.
Alternatively, you can hit Turn Off to completely disable notifications for that specific app. This means they won’t show up as banners or ping your device, but they’ll also be absent from the Notification Center, too.
You can also tap Settings to quickly get to the app’s specific notification settings menu. That allows you to change banner styles, sounds, and preview options.
Note: This only applies the deliver quietly setting to that specific app — such as Messages or Facebook. You’ll have to repeat these steps if you want other apps to deliver their notifications quietly.
How to Disable Deliver Quietly
Sometimes, you probably want a particular app to deliver notifications normally — in other words, you want to turn off Deliver Quietly. Luckily, it’s pretty much just as easy. But it can take a few extra steps, depending on which options you chose.
- Find a quiet notification in the Notification Center. (Pull down from the top of your display, or the top-right on an iPhone X.)
- Swipe from the right to the left on a notification you’d like to deliver quietly.
- Tap on Manage.
- Tap on Deliver Prominently.
If you don’t have a pending notification from that specific app or you chose to Turn Off that app’s notifications entirely, you’ll need to delve into the Settings app.
Navigate to Settings —> Notifications and choose the app you’d like to re-enable prominent notifications for. Make sure that Lock Screen, Banners, and Sounds are all toggled on.
Mike is a freelance journalist from San Diego, California.
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