Secret iOS Gestures: Get Rid Of Pesky Notifications On The Fly [iOS Tips]

Secret iOS Gestures: Get Rid Of Pesky Notifications On The Fly [iOS Tips]

Notifications on the iPhone can be annoying. Right? They drop at inappropriate times, and I always end up accidentally activating them. Of course, my iPhone is more than happy to hop over to the application that sent the Notification in the first place. There are, 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. Give it a try and let us know how it goes.

  • CharilaosMulder

    great one, discovered it about a month ago. always had the problem that the notification banner was hiding the UI (mostly back button) of the app I was using. luckily, even before I found out I knew I could still tap the buttons by tapping at a very small margin underneath the notification banner.

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