Notifications in iOS 15 got a design overhaul on iPhone and iPad, and one of the marquee feature additions is notification summary. This article explains what it is and how to use it.

notification summary 2
With the notification summary, you can schedule select app notifications to be delivered alongside others as a bundle at a specific time of the day. The idea is that by bundling non-urgent notifications and receiving them in a summary at convenient times, you can reduce the amount of times your device pings you and lessen distractions throughout the day.

You can create up to 12 daily summaries and schedule them to arrive on the Lock Screen and in the Notifications Center when you want. For example, you could opt to have them delivered during your lunch break, after dinner, or last thing before bedtime, and and on-device machine learning will automatically populate each summary based on priority.

Here's how to set up scheduled summaries.

  1. Launch the Settings app and tap Notifications.
  2. Tap Scheduled Summary, then toggle on the switch next to Scheduled Summary to reveal the scheduling options menu.
  3. Under "Schedule," tap the time next to the 1st Summary and adjust it to when you'd like to receive it. If you want to receive additional daily summaries (up to 12 in total), tap Add Summary and similarly set the time.
  4. You can manually assign apps to your summary by toggling the switches next to them in the "Apps in Summary" list further down the options menu. Use the tabs to either view the apps list in alphabetical order or by the number of notifications sent by each app (the numbered red dots indicate the average daily number of notifications).

settings

That's all there is to it. Now that you have a notification summary (or summaries) scheduled, expect to see it appear in Notifications Center and on your Lock Screen at the set time.

Tip: You can add any app's notifications to your scheduled summary from the Lock Screen or Notification Center: Simply swipe left on the notification in question, tap Options, and select Add To Summary.

Related Roundups: iOS 15, iPadOS 15
Related Forum: iOS 15

Related Stories

gmail privacy added feature

How to Send Expiring Emails on iPhone and iPad

Monday February 28, 2022 3:08 pm PST by
Unlike Apple Mail, Gmail for iPhone and iPad offers users the facility to send emails that are passcode protected and expire after a specified time. This article explains how it's done. If you need to send private information to someone over email, it's best to do it securely, which is why Gmail includes an optional "confidential mode" for sending messages of a sensitive nature. By...
iOS 15 Weather Feature

iOS 15: How to Get Weather Notifications on Your iPhone

Wednesday September 1, 2021 3:26 pm PDT by
In iOS 15, Apple's stock Weather app received a major design overhaul, thanks in part to a number of features brought over from the popular weather app Dark Sky, which Apple acquired in 2020. One of those features is the ability to receive notifications when rain or snow is starting or stopping. This article explains how to enable them. In Apple's revamped Weather app in iOS 15, you can sign ...
apple tv keyboard notification iphone tight

How to Disable Annoying Apple TV Keyboard Notifications in iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1

Wednesday October 13, 2021 2:30 am PDT by
On the Apple TV, if you prefer not to input text using the Siri Remote you can use a nearby iPhone or iPad to type. Whenever a text field appears on the Apple TV, a notification appears on the iPhone or iPad, and after tapping the notification, you can use the on-screen keyboard on your iOS device to enter text on the Apple TV. It used to be the case that you could disable these...
red dot apple watch

Why There's a Red Dot on Apple Watch and How to Hide It

Tuesday February 22, 2022 5:07 pm PST by
If you're wondering what the little red dot means at the top of the watch face on an Apple Watch, this is an indicator that you have unread notifications. If you'd like to know how to get rid of it either temporarily or for good, read on. What the Red Dot Does The red dot is a bit like the badge notification you see on iPhone app icons. It's useful for knowing when you have a notification...
example slide over

How to Multitask on iPad With Slide Over

Thursday January 27, 2022 5:51 pm PST by
In iPadOS, Apple includes several multitasking options that let you work with more than one app on your iPad at the same time. This allows apps that support multitasking to be used in a few different ways. This article looks at Slide Over. Be sure to check out our separate Split View how-to guide by clicking the link. We've also provided a link for it at the end of this article. Slide Over in ...
iOS 15 Focus Feature

iOS 15: How to Customize a Focus

Wednesday July 21, 2021 3:50 pm PDT by
In iOS 15, Apple's new Focus feature aims to reduce distractions and set your device to help you be in the moment. You can do this by creating a new Focus or selecting a suggested one based on the context, like during work hours or while you're winding down for bed. If you want to customize a Focus that's already set up, you can do so by going into Settings -> Focus and selecting the Focus...
time to stand apple watch

How to Turn Off 'Time to Stand' Reminders on Apple Watch

Friday March 4, 2022 11:23 am PST by
By default, Apple Watch periodically sends you stand reminders, but if you’re finding them annoying, there’s an easy way to turn them off from your wrist or using your iPhone. Keep reading to learn how. Remaining sedentary for extended periods of time isn’t great for your health, which is why Apple Watch includes stand reminders. If you remain seated for the first 50 minutes of an...
Twitter Feature

How to Create Your Own GIFs in the Twitter iOS App

Wednesday March 23, 2022 7:19 pm PDT by
Twitter has updated its iOS app with a new in-app camera feature that lets users create their own animated GIFs for posting to the social media platform. The following steps show you how it's done. In Twitter, hit the big blue plus button to start composing a tweet. Tap the picture icon in the compose window, just above the virtual keyboard. Tap the camera icon. Make sure GIF is selected ...

Popular Stories

apple ar headset concept 1

Apple's Headset Said to Feature 14 Cameras Enabling Lifelike Avatars, Jony Ive Has Remained Involved With Design

Friday May 20, 2022 6:50 am PDT by
Earlier this week, The Information's Wayne Ma outlined struggles that Apple has faced during the development of its long-rumored AR/VR headset. Now, in a follow-up report, he has shared several additional details about the wearable device. Apple headset render created by Ian Zelbo based on The Information reporting For starters, one of the headset's marquee features is said to be lifelike...
anker 563 dock ports

Anker's Latest USB-C Docking Station Brings Triple-Display Support to M1 Macs

Wednesday May 18, 2022 7:06 am PDT by
While Apple's early M1-based Macs can only officially support a single external display, there are ways around the limitation. Anker is launching a new 10-in-1 USB-C docking station today which delivers just that. The Anker 563 USB-C dock includes two HDMI ports and a DisplayPort port, and it leverages DisplayLink to carry multiple video signals over a single connection. Given that this hub...
apple data auction iphone privacy ad

Apple Highlights iPhone's Latest Privacy Features in New 'Data Auction' Ad

Wednesday May 18, 2022 9:00 am PDT by
Apple today shared a new ad highlighting iPhone privacy features like App Tracking Transparency and Mail Privacy Protection that are designed to give users more transparency and control when it comes to their personal data being collected. The ad revolves around a young woman named Ellie who discovers that her personal data is being sold at an auction house, with bids being placed on her...
Prosser Series 8 3

Apple Watch Series 8 Rumored to Feature New Design With Flat Display

Wednesday May 18, 2022 6:21 am PDT by
The Apple Watch Series 8 could feature an all-new design with a flat display, according to the leaker known as "ShrimpApplePro." In his latest video on the YouTube channel Front Page Tech, Jon Prosser highlighted information from ShrimpApplePro that suggests the Apple Watch Series 8 could feature a flat display in what seems to be a design originally rumored for the Apple Watch Series 7. ...
sony headphones 1

Sony's New WH-1000XM5 Headphones vs. Apple's AirPods Max

Friday May 20, 2022 12:18 pm PDT by
Sony this week came out with an updated version of its popular over-ear noise canceling headphones, so we picked up a pair to compare them to the AirPods Max to see which headphones are better and whether it's worth buying the $400 WH-1000XM5 from Sony over Apple's $549 AirPods Max. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. First of all, the AirPods Max win out when it comes ...
iPhone 14 Purple Lineup Feature

Will the iPhone 14 Be a Disappointment?

Saturday May 21, 2022 9:00 am PDT by
With around four months to go before Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 14 lineup, the overwhelming majority of rumors related to the new devices so far have focused on the iPhone 14 Pro, rather than the standard iPhone 14 – leading to questions about how different the iPhone 14 will actually be from its predecessor, the iPhone 13. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are expected...
apple ar headset concept 2

Apple's AR/VR Headset Nearing Completion as Board Gets Demo

Thursday May 19, 2022 9:52 am PDT by
Apple last week demonstrated its upcoming AR/VR headset to Apple board members, indicating that the device is in an advanced stage of development and could see a debut in the not too distant future, reports Bloomberg. Apple has also ramped up development of the software that runs on the headset, with that software expected to be called "RealityOS," or rOS for short. Render via designer Ian ...