iOS 9: A Take Control Crash Course
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Pull Down the iOS 9 Notification Center

A notification is an optional alert from an app that advises you of a new status or activity. For example, you can get a notification when you receive a new email message.

But alerts are easy to miss, so Notification Center compiles all your recent notifications in a single place. In iOS 9, the iPad’s Notification Center has been split into two columns to take better advantage of its larger screen .

**①** The Today view in Notification Center summarizes your day, and it can include widgets from third-party apps, such as Dark Sky, Kindle, PCalc, and Dropbox.
The Today view in Notification Center summarizes your day, and it can include widgets from third-party apps, such as Dark Sky, Kindle, PCalc, and Dropbox.

Opening Notification Center

Place your finger above the top of the screen and pull Notification Center down like a window shade.

Closing Notification Center

Press the Home button or drag the handle (at the bottom of the screen) up.

Notification Center Layout

Setting up Notifications

**②** In Settings > Notifications, you can set preferences for each app, including sounds, alert styles, and more.
In Settings > Notifications, you can set preferences for each app, including sounds, alert styles, and more.

Notification Types

**③** Badges are hard to miss, but if they’re overused, they’re easy to ignore.
Badges are hard to miss, but if they’re overused, they’re easy to ignore.

Widgets

In iOS 9, apps can have Today view widgets that display in the Today or Widgets view. For example, the PCalc widget puts a calculator in your Notification Center.

Adding a Widget

  1. In Today view, scroll to the bottom of the view and tap Edit.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the screen to see the Do Not Include list and find the widget you want to add.
  3. Tap that widget’s green add button .
    **④** To add a widget to Notification Center, tap its green add button. To remove a widget, tap its red delete button.
    To add a widget to Notification Center, tap its green add button. To remove a widget, tap its red delete button.

    The widget’s entry moves into the top portion of the list (or into the Widgets View list on the iPad).

  4. If you like, adjust the widget’s position by dragging the grab handle at the right of its entry. Drag the handle up or down (on the iPad, you can drag a widget up from the Widget View list to the Today View list).
  5. At the upper right, tap Done.

Removing a Widget

  1. In Today view, scroll to the bottom and tap Edit.
  2. Tap the widget’s red delete button. Tap Remove.
  3. At the upper right, tap Done.

Working in Notifications View

**⑤** Swiping from right to left on a notification reveals an x, which you can tap to delete the notification. Or—in a few cases—you see other management options; for example, in the case of a Mail message, you can mark the message as read or Archive it.
Swiping from right to left on a notification reveals an x, which you can tap to delete the notification. Or—in a few cases—you see other management options; for example, in the case of a Mail message, you can mark the message as read or Archive it.

Interactive Notifications

Interactive notification banners let you act upon notifications without having to open the corresponding app.

When you see a banner pop up at the top of your screen, pull down on it to respond .

**⑥** Pull down a notification banner to reply to a message without opening Messages.
Pull down a notification banner to reply to a message without opening Messages.

You can reply to messages, “like” Facebook comments, and more!

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