iOS Notifications
This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series iOS Notifications

Notifications are messages that appear on your device screen. Apps use notifications to remind you of new and/or upcoming information such as:

  • a calendar appointment
  • a new text or email message
  • breaking news

You can even get delivery notifications with pictures from Amazon.

Notifications include the app icon, app name, and a message. They typically appear on the lock screen and at the top of the screen when the device is unlocked.

Notifications box on Lock screen

Notification on Lock screen

Notifications at top of Home screen

Notification at top of Home screen when device is unlocked

iOS allows you to control certain aspects of your notifications and how they display on your screen, such as:

  • showing notification previews
  • announcing messages with Siri
  • customizing notification settings for each app

You’ll learn about each of these options as you progress through this series of blog post on iOS Notifications.

How do notifications apply to me?


Notifications are essential for those with cognitive challenges. Visual and/or auditory reminders serve as a prompt or memory cue for users. Controlling where and for how long a notification appears ensures that users will see the notification.


Notifications can benefit caregivers in a variety of ways, including allowing the device to “remind” the loved one of something, as well as, helping the the survivor build independence.


Practitioners will find notifications beneficial as a customized reminder system for their clients or as a cognitive exercise in helping their clients with decision making, sequencing, attention to detail, and more. Ultimately, encouraging clients to customize notifications will help them improve time management, be more productive, and build independence.

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