Two Ways to Customize iOS 8 Notification Center


iOS 8 arrived with a bucket of new features. One of them is the new and improved Notification Center. Design wise, iOS 8 Notification Center is similar to iOS 7 Notification Center. What helps iOS 8 Notification Center stand out is customizability options.

Two Ways to Customize iOS 8 Notification Center

There’s one noticeable difference between iOS 8 and iOS 7 Notification Centers. iOS 7 had three tabs at the top. They were ‘Today’, ‘All’ and ‘Missed’. iOS 8 however has just two tabs; the ‘Today’ tab and the notifications tab. The app widgets can be placed in the ‘Today’ tab.

Since the new Notification Center is different from the previous one, those who upgraded to iOS 8 from iOS 7 might need time to adjust. In case they don’t want to get accustomed, there’s an option for them; they can customize the Notification Center so it adequately fits their needs. They can even disable a number of its features.

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In this article, we’ll discuss how iOS 8 Notification Center could be customized. But before that we’d like to inform readers the biggest change in iOS 8 Notification Center is the addition of new gadgets. iOS 7 Notification Center didn’t have so many gadgets. These gadgets benefit users. If apps support the functionality, then users could put the app widgets into the ‘Today’ tab under the Notification Center. That enables them to quickly look at a stream of information.

Problem is iOS 8 is quite new and the number of apps that support the Notification Center widgets are not plenty in number. But even then it’s worth because users can quickly glance and get all the information. Besides, app developers are aware of this functionality of the Notification Center and they are developing apps which will support it.

Customization Process

You can customize iOS 8 Notification Center either through the Settings app or directly by going to the ‘Today’ tab and then tapping on the ‘Edit’ button.

If you want to follow the first route, go to ‘Settings’ then go to ‘Notifications’. You’ll see a number of options to choose from. If you select ‘Sort Manually’, all the notifications from the apps will be arranged in a particular order. If you select ‘Sort By Time’, notifications will be listed on the basis of when you receive them.

Underneath, you’ll find apps that you’ve already installed. Tapping on them will take you to the Notification Settings for that app. In case you don’t want any notification from that app, toggle off ‘Allow Notifications’.

Another way of customizing the Notification Center is choosing the widgets that you want to see in the ‘Today’ tab. Then you need to scroll down and tap on ‘Edit’. This will allow you to select which gadgets you want to include in the Notification Center and which you don’t.

You’ll find two icons on that page; one green plus and the other is red minus. Tapping on the green icon will let you add a widget and tapping on the red minus icon will remove it.

The process isn’t difficult at all. You could get savvy after one or two attempts. The more you’ll use it, the more you’ll love it. Just bear in mind you can add only those app widgets which support the Notification Center.


  1. — abhilash

    Abhilash Thakur is the founder of who has a keep eye on news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad

    How about having a *keen* eye on news, rather than a *keep* unless of course you mean to say “who keeps an eye” on news.

    just sayin’