The iPhone lock screen may be an excellent way to keep your phone protected, but it’s also an underutilized way to stay up-to-date on everything you need, right there at your fingertips. Here are ten great tips you can use to make sure you get the most out of your iPhone notifications with the least amount of effort.
1. Mute and Disable Notifications right from your iPhone’s Lock Screen
By swiping left on a notification and tapping “Options”, you can quickly mute entire apps and conversations right from your iPhone’s lock screen. With this option, you can temporarily silence an app or contact without going through that hassle of opening your Notifications preferences and disable it from here.
2. Tap and hold the notification to find more information
By tapping and holding a notification, you may be able to view more details by expanding the notification box instead of opening it by tapping on it. This way the sender of a message will not be able to know whether you’ve read that message.
3. Instantly Silence or Disable Notifications
By tapping the “Options” button on a notification, you can quickly mute whole apps and conversations. This way you can easily mute a particular notification for an hour or a whole day without muting all coming notifications. Also, you can efficaciously silence a message or contact without having to access your Notification preferences at all.
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4. With iOS 16 notifications are replaced to the bottom of your iPhone’s screen
Apple’s iOS 16 update caused the notifications screen to be pushed from the top of the screen to the bottom, requiring an upwards swipe to see it. Doing so enables you to view more of your home screen and all the widgets you have added to the lock screen.
5. Check all your notifications without even unlocking your iPhone
As you already know modern iPhone models use Face ID to unlock many things you use on a daily basis. This way you cannot see the contents of a notification before your identity is verified.
And that’s why we all like Face ID in this regard. It makes the whole experience go seamless that sometimes you don’t even notice that your iPhone unlocks to use some functionalities.
6. Disable Siri Access on Lock Screen
Siri is handy when easily accessible, and having it on the lock screen is usually ideal. But Siri requires also security access, so you might want to shut off Siri so that it can’t be instructed to show anything private while your phone is locked.
6.1 Here is how you can disable Siri to be accessible from the lock screen
To disable Siri to be accessible from the lock screen you need to:
- Open your iPhone’s Settings
- Scroll down to Siri & Search and tap on it.
- Right at the top, you’ll find the option to “Allow Siri When Locked”
- Toggle this switch off.
7 Reply to messages right from the Home Screen
Did you know that you can tap and hold your Message notifications right from your Lock Screen? This lets you reply to a message without opening the app or leaving the lock screen. You can use this hack for all kinds of messages, such as your WhatsApp messages, iMessages and much more.
7.1 How to allow access when your iPhone is Locked
Make sure “Reply with Message” is enabled by navigating to
- Then tap on Face ID & Passcode (or Touch ID & Passcode for older devices).
- Fill in your passcode.
- Scroll down and make sure “Reply With Message” is toggled on.
8 Clear all notifications quickly right from the Lock Screen
If you’ve already caught up on something but don’t want to open the app, swipe left and hit “Clear” to get rid of a single notification or the entire stack.
It’s an easy way to keep your Lock Screen organized, and you don’t have to feel overwhelmed by the amount of notifications you get on a daily basis. It’s already hard enough to keep a hectic life together, let alone deal with all those notifications. So swipe to the right, and clear your stuff.
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