Dismiss Notifications On The Fly On Your iPhone [iOS Tips]

Dismiss Notifications On The Fly On Your iPhone [iOS Tips]

Notifications on the iPhone are annoying. There, I said it. They drop at the most inopportune times, and I always end up activating them, while the iPhone is more than happy to hop over to the application that sent the Notification in the first place. There is, however, a couple of cool ways of dismissing them without activating them, short of waiting for them to go away, which is what I’ve done since they appeared in iOS 5. Today’s tip shows you how.

The first way to dismiss the active notification from the top of your iOS device screen is to touch and slightly pull down on the banner notification, then flicking it up. In essence, you’re activating notification center here, then dismissing it.

The other way to do this is to swipe from right to left across the banner, with an almost subliminal down up motion, which the original tipster says can be fairly unreliable, so your mileage may vary.

You’ll need to be careful about holding your finger down since iOS will interpret anything less as a tap, and you’ll end up activating the Notification rather than dismissing it.

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  • Jonathan Ober

    I like how we wanted to be notified to help us multitask but then we look for tips like this to get back to the basics of monotasking…i.e. playing another level of Angry Birds Space :)

  • funkmasteruk

    Why not just go to the Notification centre in Settings and turn them off ? :-)

  • JohnWilson

    Seriously, I think it would be better to tell folks how they can customize how they want to be notified, that they can turn specific ones off, and, in general, how much control they have. Many do not realize this.

  • Chris Cooper

    I like the notification system in general. But it can be annoying sometimes when the notification stays too long on screen and blocks buttons or text at the top of the display. Being able to dismiss them once I’ve read them would be much better.

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