How to Clear Notifications on iOS 16

Notifications haven’t been the strongest suit on iPhones and the way Apple shows notifications has remained the same for a significant part of the last decade or so. Up until iOS 15, notifications from all apps you receive would show up in an endless list that was hard to look at, let alone clear them. 

With iOS 16, Apple’s Notification Center received a revamp as you can choose to keep your alerts minimal or group them together into stacks of different apps. The redesigned Notification Center now also makes it easy to clear away notifications and in this post, we’ll help you clear notifications in every possible way.  

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How to dismiss a notification on iOS 16

When you’re on your Home Screen or actively using an app, all notifications you receive will show up as banners at the top unless disabled. If you wish to view this alert at a later time without it bothering you from an ongoing task, you can dismiss it by swiping the banner upwards.

This will move the notification you received to the Notification Center so that you can view it or clear it later. 

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How to clear individual notifications on iOS 16 (List view)

If you have enabled List view as the default style for your notifications to appear on your iPhone’s lock screen and Notification Center, you can clear notifications one at a time with ease. 

To clear one notification from your Notification Center, swipe downwards from the top left corner of your screen. 

If you have a new notification, it will show up at the bottom. If you wish to view older notifications, swipe upwards from an empty space on this screen. When doing this, avoid swiping up from the bottom as it will close the Notification Center instead. 

When you swipe up, you’ll see all of your past notifications under “Notification Center”. 

To clear an individual notification from this screen, swipe it gently towards the left to reveal more options.

When additional options appear, tap on Clear on the right-hand side of the notification. 

The selected notification will disappear from your Notification Center. 

iOS 16 now allows you to clear notifications more swiftly without tapping on more options. So, you can also clear a notification by swiping quickly to the left in one go. 

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How to clear individual notifications from an app on iOS 16 (Stack view) 

When you’ve set the notifications style on your iPhone to Stack view, you will see notifications from various apps stacked into one based on the app you’ve received the alert from. If you have a bunch of notifications from different apps you want to clear, launch the Notification Center on your iPhone by swiping downwards from the top left corner of your screen.

If you have pending notifications from multiple apps, they will show up at the bottom. If not, swipe upwards from an empty space on this screen. When doing this, avoid swiping up from the bottom at it will close the Notification Center instead. 

When you swipe up, you’ll see all of your past notifications under “Notification Center”. Here, you’ll see multiple stacks of alerts from different apps. 

To clear an individual notification from an app, tap on a stacked notifications for one app. 

The stack will now expand to show more notifications from the selected app sorted from new to old. You can clear one of the notifications from the selected stack by swiping it gently towards the left.

When you see additional options, tap on Clear on the right-hand side of the selected notification.

The selected notification will disappear from your Notification Center.

You can also clear any of these notifications quickly by swiping it quickly to the left in one go. 

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How to clear all notifications from an app on iOS 16 (Stack view) 

When your notifications are arranged in Stack view, iOS 16 now lets you quickly clear all notifications from one app with ease. That’s because, all notifications from one app are grouped together in Stack view, making them easier to clear and mute them entirely. To clear all notifications from an app on iOS 16, launch the Notification Center on your iPhone by swiping downwards from the top left corner of your screen.

All new notifications should appear at the bottom. If you have no new notifications but want to clear older ones from your Notification Center, swipe upwards from an empty space on this screen. When doing this, avoid swiping up from the bottom at it will close the Notification Center instead.

When you swipe up, you’ll see all of your past notifications grouped together into stacks of different apps’ alerts.

To clear all notifications from an app, you can swipe a whole stack to the left quickly in one go. 

You can also swipe left on an app’s stack gently to reveal more options.

When these options appear, tap on Clear All to remove them from your Notification Center. 

 

Another way you can swipe all notifications from an app is by tapping on its stack from Notification Center. 

When the stack expands, tap on the X icon at the top of the stack. 

To confirm this action, tap on Clear at the top. 

This should clear all of the app’s alerts from your Notification Center. 

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How to clear all of your notifications on iOS 16

When you keep on receiving alerts continuously from different apps and the Notification Center shows you an endless list of alerts, you can clear them all together with a single action. To do that, launch the Notification Center on your iPhone by swiping downwards from the top left corner of your screen.

Since we’re clearing all of your notifications, you will need to swipe up from an empty space on this screen. When doing this, avoid swiping up from the bottom at it will close the Notification Center instead.

When you swipe up, you’ll see all of your past notifications in Stack or List views. To clear them all, tap on the X icon at the top of the Notification Center. 

To confirm your action, tap on Clear at the top. 

All of your notifications will now disappear forever. 

That’s all you need to know about clearing notifications on iOS 16. 

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2 Comments

  1. I get so many group suggestions that I can’t reach the bottom of my news feed. They just started about a eeek ago.
    I am not intetested in any of them.
    How do you get rid of all these group suggestions?

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