Changing the iOS 16 Notification Center

Now that iOS 16 is up and running, everyone is enjoying the new features. Apple has made many changes and tweaks to these features for better use of iPhone. Apple has redesigned the notification system in iOS 16 to coincide with the new Lock Screen widgets. Previous notifications took up all of the lock screen space and would fill the screen. Notifications will appear at the bottom of your lock screen as of this year instead of the top under the clock.

This change is causing consternation among many iPhone users. The idea behind these changes is to show more of your wallpaper by moving notifications down. This is especially true for iOS 16, which introduces a slew of new lock screen personalization options, such as widgets, backgrounds with depth effects, live wallpapers, and more. Apple has also added some new notification customization options for iOS 16.

If you open the Settings app and select “Notifications”, you will see three options. Each of these options allows you to customize the appearance of the notifications at the bottom of your lock screen.

Count: This replaces the Lock Screen notifications with a simple piece of text that notifies you of the number of unread warnings. Swipe up to get a list of all your notifications.

Pile: This option will stack all app warnings. So each app has its notification group on your lock screen and in the notification center.

The classic iOS notification system from previous years is still available. You’ll only see a list of all your notifications, which you can expand by swiping up from the bottom of the lock screen.

How to Change iOS 16 Notification Center:

  1. Go to the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Click Notifications.
  3. Go to the display section.
  4. Select a mode from 3 options to use. By default, the Stack option is selected for you.
  5. When you select Stacking, alerts are moved to a stack at the bottom of the screen, which fans out when pressed.
  6. If you select List, warnings on the traditional vertical list are displayed along the screen.
  7. The number of alerts is displayed when you select Count. When the number is touched, notifications are displayed.

However, you cannot change the location of the notifications. In iOS 16, there is no option to revert to the classic notification view. This makes sense given the new lock screen widgets, but based on early comments on social media, there seems to be a market for a traditional lock screen alternative.

That’s it, folks! This is how you might want to change the notification center and its appearance. Let us know your thoughts on the changes Apple has made to the Notification Center in the comments section below.

Until next time, with another topic. Until then, Toodles.

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