How to clear all notifications on iOS 11 (iPhone 8 tutorial)


Dealing with notifications on iOS has traditionally been one of the worst parts of having an iPhone: notifications are just not as versatile and well-segmented as on Android, and even simple things like clearing all notifications might seem impossible when you see no one-swipe shortcuts or single keys to do it.

Fortunately for those who get bombarded with notifications on a daily basis, there is a relatively easy way to clear notifications on iOS 11, but it's not immediately obvious and does not work for the most recent notifications. What do you do with those recent notifications? You can only swipe and clear them on an individual basis. That's all that Apple is offering in terms of options (don't ask us what's the logic behind this).

So, we are talking about clearing notifications and notifications appear on either the lock screen or the new notification dropdown. Those look identical and have the same notifications that appear in chronological order, the newest being at the top.


The "earlier"notifications show up with a little "X" circle on the top right to the notification. Here is the trick: to get it to clear all, you need to use 3D Touch and press firmly on the X circle. If you just press lightly as usual, you would only clear that one notification, but not all. If you do use 3D Touch correctly, you will see the background blur and the clear all option appear. That's it. Not particularly intuitive and definitely not as easy to digest as notifications on Android.

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5 Comments

1. Cat97

Posts: 1892; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

If you need a tutorial to clear notifications, it's clearly an issue regarding the UI design.

3. Nopers unregistered

More like a slow news day.

2. nikhil23

Posts: 442; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

people claim ios is simple and yet they need a tutorial to do basic functions.

5. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

So, just because an article is posted here means that people actually need it? You know PA will post articles on whatever to generate more traffic thus generating ad revenue.

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