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How to schedule a notification summary on your iPhone or iPad

Notifications alert you to many things on your iPhone and iPad, including incoming messages, new emails, and calendar events. Notifications work slightly differently for each app; however, you can schedule a notification summary in iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 or later.

You can schedule times to receive a summary of notifications each day so you can catch up when it’s convenient for you. The summary is personalized to you and ordered by priority based on how you use your apps, with the most relevant notifications at the top.

To schedule a notification summary: 

Go to Settings > Notifications > Scheduled Summary, then turn on Scheduled Summary.

Under Apps in Summary, select the apps that you want to include in your notification summary.

Under Schedule, tap the Add button to add a new schedule or the Remove button to remove a schedule. Then adjust the time for each scheduled summary you have set up.

To add new apps to the summary, go back to Settings > Notifications > Scheduled Summary and select the apps under Apps in Summary. Each app appears with a number showing the average number of notifications that you receive each day from that app.

To change alert styles

  1. Go to Settings and tap Notifications.
  2. Select an app under Notification Style. 
  3. Under Alerts, choose the alert style that you want. If you turn on Allow Notifications, choose when you want the notifications delivered — immediately or in the scheduled notification summary.

With iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, you can turn on Critical Alerts so notifications come through even if your iPhone is muted or you have a Focus set up.

To change group notification settings

  1. Go to Settings and tap Notifications.
  2. Select an app and tap Notification Grouping.
  3. Select one of these options:
    • Automatic: The notifications from the app are grouped according to organizing criteria within the app, such as by topic or thread.
    • By App: All the notifications from the app are grouped together.
    • Off: Turn off grouping

To turn off notifications for specific apps

  1. Go to Settings > Notifications, then tap Siri Suggestions.
  2. Turn off any app.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple’s support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.