In this post, I’d like to address a common query regarding mobile phone notifications – which ones should you enable or disable?

To answer briefly, keeping the number of enabled notifications to a minimum is recommended. To put it another way, you shouldn’t have all notifications activated.

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It’s essential to recognize that notifications act as disruptions.

Think about the numerous times your phone chimes, buzzes or flashes throughout the day. Consider this – what is the perception of others when your phone constantly makes noise? If unsure, take the initiative to ask them or simply observe their reactions.

But before we dive further, let’s familiarize ourselves with the various types of notifications available on the iPhone (while I don’t use an Android, I’m sure they have similar options):

  • Banners: These appear on your lock screen.
  • Sounds: Audible alerts for notifications.
  • Badges: Small circled numbers indicating the count of unread messages.
  • Notification Center: If selected, this is where your notifications will appear, separate from the lock screen pop-ups.

Remember, it’s not necessary to have all these types of notifications activated.

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While I’m not part of the No-notification movement, I believe in using notifications that truly benefit you.

Here are the notifications I have enabled:

  • Text and instant messages (including WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Slack, etc.)
  • Calendar reminders
  • Weather apps (I use more than one)
  • Credit card apps
  • Delivery apps
  • Health-related apps like Apple’s Health app)

On the other hand, the notifications I have deactivated include:

  • Social media
  • Email
  • Sports apps

I do not have any news apps installed on my iPhone, so they’re not listed.

A worthwhile strategy I suggest is conducting a notification cleanse regularly. This involves going through all your notifications on all your devices and disabling any that don’t serve a purpose for you. If executed correctly, you should have most of your notifications disabled.

To sum up, the fewer the notifications, the better!

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