How to Sched­ule Noti­fi­ca­tions Sum­ma­ry on your iPhone

Danny Maiorca

Apple has given users significant control over their iOS notifications over the years, with new features coming in all the time. And beyond toggling them on and off, you can now prioritize the most important ones and have them sent to your iPhone at specific times.

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Scheduling notifications summary on your iPhone is a great way to help you stop getting distracted by checking your device, while it can also make sure that no communications slip under the net.

If you want to know how to schedule notifications on your iPhone, you've come to the right place. Keep reading to learn more about the Scheduled Summary feature and how you can use it.

What Is Scheduled Summary on iPhone

As part of its iOS 15 notification changes, Apple introduced Scheduled Summary (of notifications), which enables you to batch notifications that aren't as important and deliver them at a time that suits you.

By batching your notifications, you can ensure that those you don't care about don't cloud the essential ones that need more urgent attention. Moreover, you can stop feeling overwhelmed at receiving notifications throughout the day – while not missing out on anything simultaneously.

When using Notification Summary, you can choose which apps you include and don't include in your daily reports. However, it's worth noting that activating Notification Summary will not stop all notifications from coming through. You'll still receive time-sensitive ones, in addition to direct messages.

How to Activate Notification Summary on iPhone

Before you start scheduling notifications on iOS, you'll need to activate the Notification Summary feature on your iPhone. Don't worry, though, because the process isn't complicated. Follow the steps below to achieve this.

Step 1: Go to your iPhone's Settings app.

Step 2: Look for the Notifications tab, which is in the same box as Focus, Screen Time, and Sound & Haptics.

Iphone settings notifications

Step 3: Select Scheduled Summary, which is the top option on the next window.

Iphone scheduled summary select

Step 4: Next to Scheduled Summary, you'll see a toggle button. Flick this on so that the grey space turns green.

Iphone turn scheduled summary on

If you're using this feature for the first time, you'll see a pop-up talking about what Notification Summary is. You can start scheduling your notifications straight away by hitting Continue or wait by selecting Set Up Later instead.

Iphone notification summary setup window

How to Schedule Notifications on Your iPhone

After activating Scheduled Summary, you're ready to begin taking more control of your notifications. To start scheduling notifications on iOS, follow these steps.

Step 1: Open the Settings app and select Notifications.

Iphone settings notifications

Step 2: Go to Scheduled Summary.

Iphone scheduled summary select

Step 3: On the Your Summary page, select the apps you want to include in your scheduled summary. Then, press Add [number] Apps.

Iphone add aps notification summary

The apps you see are based on which ones deliver the most daily notifications. If you can't find the app you'd like to add, click on Show More under the Your Summary page. You'll find all of the other apps that didn't show in the original section when you're there.

Iphone show more apps

Step 4: You'll then go through to the Set a Schedule page. Here, you can tweak summary times. To do this, Tap on the time in the darker grey box and tweak it to meet your needs.

Change time schedule summary

Step 5: Once you've added the number of briefings you want to receive, tap Turn on Notification Summary.

Turn on notificiation summary iphone

How to Customize a Scheduled Summary

If you want to customize your interface, you can do so in several ways.

The first is to show your next summary before the time you scheduled; if you enable this feature, you'll see these in your Notification Center.

To turn this feature on:

Step 1: Open the Settings apps, and tap on Notifications.

Step 2: Click on Scheduled Summary.

Step 3: Look for the Show Next Summary tab and toggle the feature on.

Iphone show next summary

You can also add new apps to your existing summary without needing to make drastic changes. Doing so is simple:

Step 1: Open the Settings app, tap on Notifications and select Scheduled Summary.

Step 2: Scroll down to Apps in Summary.

Step 3: Toggle the apps you want to include so the button turns green.

The changes should take place immediately.

Iphone turn app summary options on

If you decide later to add new summary times for your existing settings, you can also change this without needing to do much.

Step 1: Open the Settings app, tap on Notifications and select Scheduled Summary.

Step 2: Under Schedule, select Add Summary.

Scheduled summary add summary

Step 3: Tap on the time and change it to something that suits you better. Then, tap anywhere on your screen for the changes to take effect.

Scheduled summary change time

Scheduling iPhone Notifications Is Easy

Scheduling notifications on your iPhone is a great way to avoid distractions during the day and ensure that you receive only the most important ones straight away. Setting the feature up isn't difficult, and making tweaks as and when you need to is also simple.

Having read this guide, you should have all the information you need to schedule notifications on iOS and enjoy a more productive relationship with your iPhone.


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Danny specializes in writing about iOS and macOS for Guiding Tech. He is a freelance writer with an extensive portfolio in the technology sector, which spans across some of the industry's biggest publications. Danny lives Copenhagen, Denmark, having been born in the UK.