iOS 15: What's New With Notifications

Apple in iOS 15 made some updates to notifications, improving how they look, how they're delivered to you, and the control that you have over them.

General iOS 15 Notifications Feature
This guide covers all of the changes that Apple made to notifications in the iOS and iPadOS 15 updates.

New Look for Notifications

Notifications from apps now display larger app icons so it's easier to see what's what at a glance. When you get a text from someone from an app like Messages, it will include their contact photo to make it easier to identify who is messaging you.

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This feature works with built-in Apple apps and third-party apps thanks to a notification API, so third-party apps like WhatsApp, Messenger, WeChat, and others will also be able to show contact photos in notifications.

Notification Summary

The Notification Summary is an opt-in feature that lets you control when notifications from unimportant apps are delivered. In the Notifications section of the Settings app, tapping on Notification Summary walks you through the initial setup process.

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For Notification Summary, you can select specific times for notifications to be delivered, and decide which app notifications will be relegated to the Notification Summary. You can choose just a handful of apps or all of your apps.

Apps need to be selected one by one, but the iPhone will suggest the apps that send the most notifications. You can set the Notification Summary to be delivered multiple times per day.

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By default, the summaries will be set at 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., but the times can be changed and additional delivery times can be added. The Notification Summary also shows up on the ‌iPhone‌ in a dedicated section ahead of those times, so you're never really missing out on any of your notifications, even the unimportant ones.

Muting Notifications

Apps sending notifications or Messages threads can be muted temporarily, either for the next hour or for the entire day.

If you're part of a messaging thread that's particularly active but you aren't participating, your ‌iPhone‌ will send you a notification that suggests muting it so you're not bothered.

Time Sensitive Notifications

With Notification Summary, notifications that are time sensitive are still delivered right away. So if you're waiting on food delivery, a ride, or get a fraud alert from your bank, you'll know immediately and won't miss it in the Notification Summary.

Apple developed a Time Sensitive notification API for developers for apps that need to deliver notifications as soon as possible, so as of this fall, apps will be able to use the Time Sensitive notification feature.

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Top Rated Comments

DaPizzaMan Avatar
20 weeks ago
My biggest problem with notifications is how difficult it is to dismiss them - especially with a case. I shouldn't have to make such a large swiping motion just to clear a notification. And the "Clear All" should not require two taps. Everything needs to be made a little bit quicker, more refined, and easier. It's a bit clunky, and it's been that way since iOS 7(?) I believe.

On Android (from what I've seen - I don't own a device myself), it's a VERY simple swipe to dismiss a bunch of notifications at once.

Edit: And yes, I have most notifications off, but that doesn't change the fact that swiping should not be as difficult as it is.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rychiar Avatar
20 weeks ago
I still miss notifications being a tiny black bar at the top of the screen like when they were new… the last thing I want it bigger icons and peoples faces in the text ones
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mansplains Avatar
20 weeks ago
I've really enjoyed the new view for notifications. Most complaints I've heard about iOS notifications versus android is the view, but I think if people turned off notifications entirely for things they don't interact with, it would solve those problems for them. It's definitely nice to have options either way!
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
20 weeks ago
Love the changes. It looks so rich.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
danny1305 Avatar
20 weeks ago

How about taking the obnoxious red dot off trying to force me to use Apple Pay and 2 factor auth?
There’s always gotta be one of these guys….always
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DaPizzaMan Avatar
11 weeks ago

Did iOS 15 remove the functionality to open a notification (specifically messages) by swiping right on them?
Yes. Long press (hold) the notification instead.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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