How to customize and interact with push notifications on iOS 12

Launched just over two months ago, the iOS 12 It is already adopted by most Ma-compatible devices.

Among the main news of this update, we commented on the Time of Use features, the Shortcuts app and now we will understand how to work better with notifications push in this version of iOS.

Lock screen notifications

In iOS 12, notifications have gained important new features that improve productivity and increase user customization options. In this sense, it is possible to define which alerts you want to receive silently, which ones will be deactivated and which ones will not be received in groups.


Similar to iOS 11, you can customize app-specific notifications on your iPhone or iPad, but now with more tweaking options. To change alert styles on iOS 12, follow these steps:

Customize notification style on iOS 12

  1. Open the Settings app and select "Notifications."
  2. Select the app you want to customize in the "Notification Style" section.
  3. Choose the type of alert (if it will appear on the Lock Screen, Notification Center, or Banners), enable or block the sound and warning options, and set the best notification grouping style for that app (automatic, per app, or disabled).

By setting the notification grouping mode to “Automatic”, the system gathers the latest notifications from the same application (older alerts will not be included). To collect all notifications from the same app, regardless of the time the notification was received, select “By app”; the option "Disabled" does not group any alerts.


Grouped notifications are displayed on the Lock Screen and Notification Center; To expand grouped alerts, tap the latest notification and all previous messages / alerts will be displayed below. To regroup notifications, tap Show less.

Manage notifications on iOS 12

Another feature built into iOS 12 lets you set certain notification settings from the alert itself. So to receive a silent alert or even turn it off, swipe left over the notifications and select the "Manage" option. Then set whether you want to receive that type of silent notification (“Receive Silently”) or then disable it.

Apple points out that muted notifications keep appearing in Notification Center, but they don't play sound, display banners, or indicate warnings in the app icon. To revert this setting, swipe left over the notification again, tap "Manage" and select the "Receive Prominently" option.

Note that to preview Lock Screen notifications without unlocking your device, go to Settings Notifications Show Previews and select "Always."


If you are not viewing notifications for a particular application or service, check out the following points:

  • Make sure the app is compatible or configured to send alerts. For that, go to Notifications Settings, select it and make sure the "Allow Notifications" option is enabled.
  • If you recently installed an app or restored your iPhone / iPad from a backup, open the app once to start receiving notifications.
  • Also check if the “Do Not Disturb” feature is enabled (it will silence all notifications).

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