The Notification Center on a Apple OS Device: Rita’s iDevice Advice for October 28, 2019

The Notification Center on a Apple OS Device: Rita’s iDevice Advice for October 28, 2019

The Notification Center is a feature in iOS and macOS that provides an overview of alerts from applications.  It displays notifications until the user completes

an associated action, rather than requiring instant resolution.  Users may choose what applications appear in Notification Center, and how they are handled.

Customize your notifications Every time a text, call or email comes when we receive a notification on our home screen.  Unless we switch it off, many apps will send us updates as well.  There are other ways to receive these notifications.  Choose your own notification style by going to Settings, then Notifications, and select the app you want to change notifications for.  Select from different Alerts, Banner Style, Sounds and more.  Now, if you want to make receiving an email sound like a horn honking or receiving a text message that sounds like a duck quacking, you can.  You can use these alerts to differentiate the various notifications, so you can decide which ones deserve immediate attention.

To open the Notification Center, when running VoiceOver:

Swipe down to the second vibration to open the Notification Center.

Along with each vibration is an audible blip sound which can be quite helpful. There is also a blip when you first place your finger on the top or bottom edge of the phone.

Note:  You can still use the gesture of swiping down with three fingers to open the Notification Center: after you have brought focus to any item on the Status Bar.

How to access Lock screen notifications on your iPhone and iPad

The Lock screen is the screen you see when you first wake up your iPhone, whether it’s by pressing the Side button or by lifting your iPhone to wake it up.  It’s also where your notifications pop up.  So, even if you’re sitting on the couch and your iPhone is on the coffee table, your screen will wake up just long enough to show you a text message, email notification, weather alert, or other notification.

You have complete control over what apps send you notifications.  You can disable them entirely, select specific apps to receive notifications from, and even set up how much of a text message you want to be viewable on your iPhone.

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