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How to silence notifications on your iPhone

At the least, you should probably schedule Do Not Disturb overnight.
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February 9, 2023

App notifications are one of the advantages of an iPhone, but they can easily get out of hand. Here’s how to silence notifications, including individual apps or more widely using Apple’s Do Not Disturb mode.

QUICK ANSWER

To silence iPhone notifications, the quickest and most broad option is the Do Not Disturb Focus mode in Control Center. You can customize it via Settings > Focus. To quiet individual apps, go to Settings > Notifications and select the apps you want to change.


JUMP TO KEY SECTIONS

How to turn off notifications on an iPhone

Unfortunately, you can’t toggle off notifications on a universal basis — presumably this is because some notifications are absolutely essential, such as login prompts. You can however mute individual apps, or turn on a Do Not Disturb mode which will block everything except those essentials and what you allow.

How to turn off notifications for a specific app

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Select Notifications, then scroll down to the Notification Style section.
  • Tap on the app you’d like to silence.
  • Toggle off Allow Notifications.

How to enable Do Not Disturb on an iPhone

By default, Do Not Disturb silences most calls, alerts, and notifications while your phone is locked. To turn on Do Not Disturb at any time:

  • Open Control Center on your iPhone by swiping down over your battery readout.
  • Tap and hold Focus.
  • Tap Do Not Disturb.

If you like, you can customize Do Not Disturb using Focus mode settings. These include allowing certain apps or people to bypass filters, or having the mode kick in automatically at a certain time or place. You can even have it trigger when you open a specific app, say if you don’t want any distractions while reading or working out. Go to Settings > Focus to get started.