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Using the Notification Center

From: iPhone and iPod touch iOS 5 Essential Training

Video: Using the Notification Center

Often times, when you're performing one task on your iPhone or iPod touch, maybe checking your email or playing a game or watching a video, other applications will need your attention. Maybe you receive a text message or a voicemail. In iOS 5, Apple has refined the way alerts and messages appear on your device. For example, maybe while I'm playing this game, I receive a text message. I'm alerted to this by a notification area that temporarily appears at the top of my screen. This allows me to glance at and preview my message without leaving my game, and as you just saw, after a few seconds, the notification disappears, and I can continue playing my game.

Using the Notification Center

Often times, when you're performing one task on your iPhone or iPod touch, maybe checking your email or playing a game or watching a video, other applications will need your attention. Maybe you receive a text message or a voicemail. In iOS 5, Apple has refined the way alerts and messages appear on your device. For example, maybe while I'm playing this game, I receive a text message. I'm alerted to this by a notification area that temporarily appears at the top of my screen. This allows me to glance at and preview my message without leaving my game, and as you just saw, after a few seconds, the notification disappears, and I can continue playing my game.

Now I've received another text message. Again, I can read the notification and see who sent it. In this case, I want to respond to this notification, so I'll tap it and I'm immediately switched over to the Message app, and I can type my reply. So, notifications on iOS 5 are fairly unobtrusive. You can ignore them and they'll disappear after a few seconds, or you can tap them to go right to the app that sent the notification. Now, if the notification disappears before you get a chance to tap it, you can quickly access all of your notifications from any screen or any application you're in by sliding a finger down from the top of the screen.

This opens the notifications center. Here, you'll find all your recent notifications as well as some widgets that provide useful information like the weather, your schedule, and stock prices. I don't see the recent text I just received because I just read them both. But, you can see here I have a notification from my calendar telling me about my weight training appointment. Now, tapping on any notification in here takes you to the related app. So, tapping weather has opened up the Weather app. You can also specify what apps you want to receive notifications from. I'll go back to my home screen, and from here, I'll go to Settings, Notifications.

Here, I can choose if I want the app sorted manually or by the time they appeared. If you choose By Time, the most recent notifications will be at the top of the notifications center, or you can choose Manually, so you can manually arrange the order of the items down here in the In Notification Center area by tapping Edit, and then dragging the items in the order you want, and you can tap Done when you're done. So here in the In Notification Center area is where you can determine which apps and widgets you want to hear from.

For example, I don't really follow the stock market, so I don't need the Stock Market widget taking up space in my notifications center. So, I'll tap it and turn it off. Under the Not In Notification Center area, you'll find all the other apps you have installed that are capable of sending notifications, but aren't currently enabled to do so. Just tap any one to add it to the list of items that appear in your notifications center. So I'll select Mail and turn it on, so I'll receive notifications when I receive new emails. Now, there are three Alert Styles you can choose from here. None displays no on-screen message when you receive a notification, but you'll still see your notification in the notifications center.

Banner is the message that appears at the top of the screen we just saw with my two incoming text messages. And Alerts opens a pop- up window you can dismiss. I'll stick with Banners. Let's go back to the home screen. So, now when I receive a new email, I see this banner, and I can either ignore it or I can tap it to go right to my email. Lastly, notifications also continue to work when you have your phone locked. So, for example, maybe I put my phone down, and now I'm receiving a phone call but I'm in another room and I don't hear it ringing.

Now, I have a missed call notification. Now, I've received a text message. Again, maybe I wasn't in the same room as my phone, and my screen will go dark again. When I come back to my phone and press the Home or Lock button, I can see my two notifications without unlocking my phone, and this lets me quickly glance at what I missed, and if I want to jump directly to reply to my text message or to call this person back, I just need to slide the icon for that notification to the right, and I'm taken right to that area. So, now that I have my notification set up, I can continue going about my business on my phone, maybe getting back to my game, and I'll continue receiving notifications when emails and text messages come in, and again, if I choose to ignore them, I can always go and view them all in one place in the notifications center and that's how notifications work in iOS 5.

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iPhone and iPod touch iOS 5 Essential Training

123 video lessons · 19503 viewers

Garrick Chow
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  1. 5m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Upgrading to iOS 5
      3m 50s
  2. 42m 59s
    1. A tour around the iPhone and iPod touch
      6m 39s
    2. The Home screen and Home button
      2m 43s
    3. Organizing apps on the Home screen with folders
      1m 11s
    4. Running apps and multitasking
      3m 47s
    5. Choosing and controlling sounds
      3m 24s
    6. Learning finger gestures
      3m 35s
    7. Connecting to a Wi-Fi network
      2m 47s
    8. Using the Notification Center
      4m 13s
    9. Using Twitter
      3m 21s
    10. Charging the battery
      2m 54s
    11. Setting up an iTunes account
      3m 15s
    12. Printing from an iPhone using AirPrint
      2m 6s
    13. Displaying the iPhone screen on a TV
      3m 4s
  3. 14m 16s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      1m 57s
    2. Fixing typos and trusting autocorrect
      6m 11s
    3. Select, copy, paste, and undo
      3m 13s
    4. Hidden shortcuts
      1m 12s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      1m 43s
  4. 32m 33s
    1. Getting the latest version of iTunes
      1m 44s
    2. Connecting your iPhone to a Mac or PC
      5m 10s
    3. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      6m 40s
    4. Syncing photos from a Mac
      4m 37s
    5. Syncing photos from a PC
      3m 30s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      2m 57s
    7. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      2m 49s
    8. Backup options
      3m 15s
    9. Wireless syncing
      1m 51s
  5. 59m 55s
    1. Basic phone activities
      2m 40s
    2. Adding and managing Favorites
      2m 22s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 39s
    4. Receiving calls
      2m 43s
    5. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 17s
    6. Using FaceTime
      4m 28s
    7. Making conference calls
      2m 30s
    8. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      2m 37s
    9. Sharing contacts
      2m 34s
    10. Assigning specific photos and ringtones to contacts
      4m 31s
    11. Using the included headset
      2m 35s
    12. Connecting a Bluetooth headset
      4m 0s
    13. Forwarding your calls
      1m 43s
    14. Turning Call Waiting on and off
      1m 3s
    15. Turning Caller ID on and off
      1m 9s
    16. Creating custom ringtones with iTunes
      6m 16s
    17. Texting, MMS, and iMessage
      9m 48s
  6. 31m 5s
    1. Importing email accounts from a computer
      1m 55s
    2. Setting up Exchange, MobileMe, Gmail, Yahoo, or AOL email accounts
      3m 37s
    3. Setting up other email accounts
      2m 8s
    4. Keeping email synced with your computer
      4m 36s
    5. Composing email
      4m 4s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      6m 47s
    7. Searching your mailboxes
      2m 21s
    8. Setting email options
      5m 37s
  7. 26m 35s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      7m 5s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      5m 22s
    3. Saving images
      2m 34s
    4. Filling out forms and using autofill
      3m 48s
    5. Creating Web Clips
      2m 29s
    6. Using Reader and the Reading List
      1m 47s
    7. Internet tethering
      3m 30s
  8. 27m 9s
    1. Browsing your library
      2m 40s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      6m 30s
    3. Playing and controlling videos
      3m 23s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      2m 55s
    5. Adjusting your iPod settings
      5m 13s
    6. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      3m 15s
    7. Using AirPlay to stream content wirelessly from an iPhone to an Apple TV or AirPort Express
      3m 13s
  9. 39m 12s
    1. Shooting still photos with your iPhone
      7m 32s
    2. Shooting better photos using HDR and grid lines
      2m 56s
    3. Viewing and editing still images
      7m 16s
    4. Customizing your wallpaper
      3m 20s
    5. Shooting video
      2m 53s
    6. Viewing and editing video
      2m 28s
    7. Taking screenshots
      1m 14s
    8. Sharing photos and video
      5m 8s
    9. Geotagging photos
      4m 26s
    10. Creating photo albums
      1m 59s
  10. 19m 7s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      2m 32s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      2m 42s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      2m 26s
    4. Getting directions
      5m 19s
    5. Showing traffic and alternate maps
      1m 46s
    6. Using Street View
      2m 11s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 11s
  11. 18m 9s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      5m 14s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      1m 45s
    3. Setting Time Zone support
      2m 8s
    4. Using the Clock app
      5m 27s
    5. Setting reminders
      3m 35s
  12. 6m 39s
    1. Using the Notes app
      2m 55s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      3m 44s
  13. 7m 38s
    1. Using the Stocks app
      2m 29s
    2. Using the Calculator app
      50s
    3. Using the YouTube app
      2m 54s
    4. Using the Weather app
      1m 25s
  14. 17m 13s
    1. Understanding the App Store
      4m 36s
    2. Browsing the App Store on the iPhone or iPod touch
      5m 24s
    3. Purchasing apps
      6m 35s
    4. Finding app settings
      38s
  15. 16m 1s
    1. Airplane mode
      1m 40s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 25s
    3. Brightness
      55s
    4. About
      2m 24s
    5. Usage
      3m 46s
    6. Date and time settings
      1m 10s
    7. Restrictions
      2m 41s
  16. 12m 24s
    1. Auto-lock
      1m 22s
    2. Passcode lock
      4m 37s
    3. Find My iPhone
      6m 25s
  17. 17m 22s
    1. Introducing Siri
      6m 8s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      1m 36s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 18s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 50s
    5. Voice control for non-iPhone 4S devices
      5m 30s
  18. 16m 0s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 2s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      35s
    3. Rebooting
      42s
    4. Resetting
      2m 15s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      4m 33s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 39s
    7. Extending battery life
      5m 14s
  19. 29s
    1. Next steps
      29s

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