Clear Those Annoying Notifications Without Leaving The Lock Screen In iOS 7 [iOS Tips]

iPhone Lock Screen

I like some notifications. I try to keep it down to a dull roar, of course, but I enjoy knowing when I get a phone call, text message, and email from specific clients or friends.

It’s just that when I see all these notifications in my lockscreen, I mentally dismiss them, only to have them appear again the next time I check my iPhone for the time.

I messed around with it a bit yesterday, and came up with this solution, thanks to iOS 7.

While your iPhone is locked but on (just hit the Home button), check out the little horizontal line at the top of your screen. That’s the Notification Center and it can be accessed without unlocking your iPhone.

Slide down from the line with your thumb or finger, and that will activate Notification Center. I tapped to the “Missed” notifications tab at the top to make sure the iPhone thought I saw everything, and then dismissed Notification Center with a swipe up.

Once you’ve done that, and you get to the lock screen again, you shouldn’t see any notifications hanging around in your lock screen. That is, of course, until you get new ones.

  • dtr5068

    Actually you don’t have to go to the missed. You just have to slide down to activate the notification center and then slide back up and they will automatically clear from the lock screen. But if the particular app is set to show notification’s in the notification center they will still have to be cleared at some point.

  • http://americanphotographygroup.ryanvonschwedler.com/ Ryan

    I googled iphone lock dismiss and found this awesome solution. Simply swipe down notification center and… clear lock screen!

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