How to Get Old Notifications View Back on iPhone on iOS 16 With ‘List View’

iOS 16 is designed to give your lock screen a visibly different visual and hands-on experience with the many additions and UI overhaul made to it. One of the key changes is implemented in the way the lock screen notifications will appear to you.

In this article, we will explore the redesigned notification layout that comes with iOS 16.

iOS 16 notifications view: What’s new?

When you swipe up on your lock screen, the notifications fly up from the bottom of the screen in a dramatic change from what you are used to. Apart from the relocation of the notification center, Apple has also introduced 3 layouts to customize the notification view.

In summary, you can now personalize your lock screen notifications to appear as notification Count, Stack, or List depending on your personal preference. The full effect is not available yet to enjoy in the recently unveiled iOS 16 beta version, but based on the WWDC 2022 preview, the notifications can be accessed or customized in a simple and fluid on-screen swipe or pinch gestures. 

The presentation of notifications in “stack” layout is one of the key changes introduced in iOS 16. But, if you are someone who likes having more than one option to choose from, the good news is that you can change the notification view layout to the traditional “list” view.

You can even hide the notifications under the minimalist “count” view right on the lock screen. as shown below. Just swipe up on your lock screen to expand the view.

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How to change the notifications view on iOS 16

There are 2 ways to customize your lock screen notification layout — one method is to perform a designated gesture on the lock screen and the other is to make a change in the notification view settings in the device settings. Here’s how you do it.

Method 1: Using the Settings app

Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

Scroll down and tap Notifications.

Tap Display As.

Select any from the available options — Count, Stack, or List. For example, if the lock screen notification view is set to Stack, tap List to switch to that layout.

That’s it. You have completed the necessary steps to change the lock screen layout from the Settings app. 


Your notifications will now be shown in “list” view on your lock screen. This will get you back the iOS 15-like notifications view where all the notifications will be in a list.

However, if you want to keep this very minimal, then you can choose the option Count to display the count of the notifications, as shown below.

You can always change back to the default notifications view style in iOS 16, which is Stack view.

That’s all there is to changing the lock screen notifications view on iOS 16.

Method 2: Pinch on the notifications to change the layout

(Note: Pinch-to-zoom may not work properly on iOS 16 dev update.)

To begin, unlock your iPhone but stay on the lock screen.

Swipe up from anywhere on the lock screen (but make sure to avoid the bottom of the screen to prevent the opening of the home screen).

Your notification comes up from the bottom of the screen. Pinch zoom on a notification context to switch to the list layout. 



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