How Do I Turn Off Notifications On iPhone? Here’s The Fix!

You keep receiving notifications on your iPhone and you want it to stop. When Notifications are turned on for an app, it has permission to send you alerts constantly throughout the day, even if you don’t want to receive them. In this article, I’ll show you how to turn off notifications on your iPhone!

What Are iPhone Notifications?

Notifications are alerts you receive on your iPhone from a specific app. This includes things like new text messages or iMessages in the Messages app, live updates from your favorite sports team, or whenever someone likes your picture on Instagram.

push notification from messages app

Where Do Notifications Appear?

Notifications can appear on your iPhone’s Lock Screen, History, or as Banners (near the top of the screen) when your iPhone is unlocked. You can set notification Banners to appear temporarily (they’ll disappear after a few seconds) or persistently (they’ll never go away). So if you noticed that a notification would never disappear, you probably had Persistent turned on.

How To Set Notification Banners To Temporary

To set notification Banners to appear temporarily, go to Settings -> Notifications and tap on the app that’s sending you Persistent Banner notifications. Underneath Show as Banners, tap the iPhone on the left side above Temporary. You’ll know Temporary is selected when it’s surrounded by an oval.

set notification banners to temporary

How To Turn Off Notifications On iPhone

To turn off notifications on your iPhone, go to Settings -> Notifications — you’ll see a list of your apps that can send you notifications. To turn off notifications for an app, tap on it and turn off the switch next to Allow Notifications. You’ll know the switch is off when it’s gray and positioned to the left.

turn off push notifications on iphone

I Want To Turn Off Instagram Notifications!

One of the most common complaints we hear is that people are unable to turn off notifications from Instagram. It’s true — you can’t turn off Instagram notifications from Settings. However, you can turn off Instagram notifications in the Instagram app itself! Watch our YouTube video to learn how:

How To Temporarily Turn Off Notifications

There’s also a way for you to temporarily mute Notifications. Maybe you’re in class or an important meeting and you don’t want your iPhone to be a distraction. Instead of turning Notifications off and on again, you can use Do Not Disturb.

Do Not Disturb silences notifications and calls while your iPhone is locked. There are a couple ways to turn on Do Not Disturb:

  1. Control Center: Open Control Center by swiping up from below the very bottom of the screen (iPhone 8 and earlier) or by swiping down from the upper right-hand corner of the screen (iPhone X). Then, tap the moon icon.
    do not disturb off vs on control center
  2. Settings: Open Settings and tap Do Not Disturb. Then, turn on the switch next to Do Not Disturb.
    do not disturb icon indicates on

Should I Turn Off Notifications?

As I stated earlier, you probably don’t want to turn off notifications for every app. However, turning off notifications for apps when you don’t need them is a great way to save battery life. It’s so important that we made it step five in our article about ways to increase iPhone battery life!

Push Mail Notifications

Perhaps the most common notifications people receive on their iPhone is Push mail. If mail is set to Push, you’ll immediately receive a notification when you an email arrives in your inbox. However, like Notifications, push mail can be a major drain on your iPhone’s battery.

To turn off push mail, go to Settings -> Accounts & Passwords -> Fetch New Data. First, turn off the switch at the top of the screen next to Push.

turn off push iphone settings

Then, underneath Fetch, select an amount of time. I recommend every 15 or 30 minutes, so you’ll receive emails almost as soon as they arrive and you’ll save some battery life. Furthermore, if you’re expecting an important email, you can always just open up the Mail app! New emails will always show up there, even if Push is turned off.

select fetch mail time

You’ve Been Given Notice

You now know how to turn off Notifications on your iPhone! I hope you’ll share this article on social media to help your friends and family turn off their iPhone notifications too. If you have any other questions, leave me a comment down below!

Thanks for reading,
David L.

About Author

David Lynch is an expert on cell phones, cell phone plans, and other tech. After using a flip phone into his early 20s, he learned the ropes about iPhones and Androids from a former Apple employee. Today, his articles and videos are read and viewed by millions, and he has been cited by major publications including Reader's Digest, Wired, CMSWire, Consumers Advocate, and more.

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Samera Baird
2 years ago

Can I stop notifications from specific phone numbers?

Colin Boyd
2 years ago
Reply to  Samera Baird

Hi Samera! One thing you can do is silence calls from numbers not saved in your contacts. To do this, open Settings > Phone > Silence Unknown Callers, then tap the switch labelled Silence Unknown Callers. This should help you avoid some spam calls, at least!

Cranford Janelle
3 years ago

How do I remove the comment at the bottom of my text that says downloading iCloud?