Here's How To Fix Your iPhone's Ugly Notification System

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As speculation and rumours move from the iPad 2 to the iPhone 5, people are guessing what iOS 5 will bring.

One of the most common complaints from developers and iPhone owners is the way iOS handles multiple push notifications.

We couldn’t agree more. When notifications stack up, it’s difficult to tell which app they’re coming from. Android does a much better job, but it’s still not perfect.

Until Apple fixes this (hopefully in iOS 5), we came up with three ways to adjust notifications on the iPhone and iPad.

Here’s what you do:

Adjust Your Notification Settings
Make sure you’re only receiving notifications from the apps you want. Not only will it save your battery, but it will also spare you from multiple badge alerts on your phone.

To adjust your notifications settings, tap the Settings icon, then tap Notifications. From there, you can switch notifications on and off for each individual app.

To take it a step further, you can select what type of notification you receive from each app: Sounds, Alerts, or Badges. Sounds and Badges are self explanatory. Alerts are the little numbers that appear next to an app when you have a new notification. Choose the combination that works best for you.

Jailbreak And Tweak iOS

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Photo: Peter Hajas

For jailbroken iPhones, head to the Cydia app store and search for “MobileNotifier.” This app tweaks how notifications appear with a bar that slides down from the top of your phone. You can tap the bar to open a box with all your notifications in one place.Best of all, the app is free and open sourced. You can read more about MobileNotifier from the developer here.

This app is not for those who are too scared to jailbreak their phone. But if iOS notifications bother you a lot, now may be the time. You can learn how to jailbreak here.

Put All Notifications In One App

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Photo: Apple

Boxcar is a free app for iPhone that consolidates all your notifications in one place. It’s compatible with Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, your RSS feed, Google Voice, and too many other services to list here. When you receive an alert, tapping it will open the dedicated app for it.It’s not perfect, but still a much better alternative to what the iPhone offers out of the box.

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