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Often times, when you're performing one task on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, maybe checking your email, or playing a game or watching a video, other applications will need your attention. Let's take a look at how to manage the way alerts and messages pop up on your device. For example, maybe while I'm browsing a webpage I receive a text message. I'm alerted to this by a notification area that temporarily appears at the top of the screen. This allows me to glance at and preview my message without leaving my browser. After a few seconds the notification disappears and I can just continue reading. Now new to iOS 7, you can immediately dismiss a notification when it comes in if you don't want to wait for it to disappear on its own.
Just swipe up on the notification to dismiss it. Now if you receive a notification that you want to address immediately just tap it and you'll be switched over to the app that sent the notification which in this case is the messages app. And here I can just type my reply right away. So notifications are fairly unobtrusive. You can ignore them and they'll disappear after a few seconds, swipe to immediately dismiss them, or tap to address them. You can get a rundown of all of your recent and upcoming notifications by swiping down from any screen to open the notification center. Notification center has been revamped in iOS 7, and it's now divided into three sections.
Today, all, and missed. You can switch among them either by tapping their Headers. Or by swiping left and right. The Today section gives you information pertaining to the current day. You see the date displayed nice and large at the top here, and the current weather appears underneath it. Tapping the Weather opens the Weather app, where you can get more details. Let's swipe down to open Notification Center again, right from here. Under the weather information I currently see the next item on my schedule, and under that is my hourly schedule for the rest of the day. Below that is a preview of what's in store for tomorrow, I see there are two events currently scheduled. Basically the today notification area provides an overview of your day.
Other items that might pop up here include any reminders you've set, and information about how stocks are performing. I'll show you where to customize this information shortly. Let's swipe over to the All area. This section shows you all of your notifications organized by Apps. Tapping a notification in here opens the app in question. You can also tap the X buttons here to dismiss the notifications. The third and final area is missed notifications. Basically, all notifications that arrive when you're not actively using your device are considered a missed notifications, and they'll appear here in chronological order. The older notifications appear at the bottom of the list and disappear after a day.
So those are the three main sessions of the notification center. Let's close that and take a look how you customize what you see here, and how specific app notifications behave. Let's go to settings, notification center, the first section here is for deciding whether I want to be able to see my notifications from the lock screen. If you're concerned that someone could pick up your device while it's locked. Swipe down to open notification center and see potentially sensitive information. You'll want to turn these switches to off, otherwise it's kind of convenient to not have to unlock your phone before being able to see what you have on your schedule, or to see what calls or messages you might have missed.
Under today view, you can specify what information shows up in the today section of notification center. Just turn the switches on and off as you'd like. For example, stocks is currently set to off, but I can turn it on. And now when I open notifications center and go to today, I see stock information. The stocks you see are determined by the ones you've selected in the stocks app, which we'll look at in a later chapter. Next we have the notifications View Section, and you can choose to sort manually or sort by time, this determines how the all view in notifications center is sorted.
Sort by time lists the notifications with the most recent ones at the top of the screen. If you choose Sort Manually, the orders determined by the lists of apps found here under the include section. If I tap Edit, notice I can grab the handles of the apps, and drag them up or down to prioritize them. So here in this include area is where you can determine which apps you want to hear from. You can also decide what type of alert pops up, when you receive a notification from an app. Just tap the App. And there are three alert styles you can choose from here. None, displays no onscreen message when you receive a notification.
But you'll still see the notification in the Notification Center. Banner is the message that appears at the top of the screen that we saw, when I received my text messages. And alerts opens a pop up window you can dismiss. The Batch Up Icon Switch, is for deciding if you want numerical numbers to show up on the app icon. Which can be useful to let you know how many messages are waiting for you in that app. Under the alert section is where you decide whether the app shows up in notification center at all. If you turn this off, you won't receive any notifications from this app. And it will moved to the do not include section, which you see there. And the Show on Lock Screen switch list, you determine if you want to see notification from this app while your device is locked.
At the very bottom of the Notification Center settings, is a Government alerts section. And here we have Amber Alerts and Emergency Alert switches. Basically, these allow your cellular provider to send through you device, in case of emergency, like sever weather or Amber Alerts which are child abduction notifications in your area. With these switches activated you'll hear an alert sound and a message will appear on your device, providing you with relevant information. If for some reason you prefer not to receive these alerts you can turn them off from here. So that's our notifications and Notification Center work in iOS7.
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