Enabling Push Notifications for the iPhone

Many iPhone users don’t know it, but there’s a handy little feature known as Push Notifications for the iPhone. These notifications are cool little tools that will automatically update you when there’s new information about a particular app. All you need to do to use it is to download iPhone apps that have push notifications, and then make sure that your push notifications are turned on through your iPhone. You’ll also need to make sure that you are using an iPhone OS 3.0 or later and that you’re connected to WiFi.

The first thing you need to do is download all the apps that are equipped with push notifications. Shazam, Remote, and Pandora are just a few of the apps that support push notifications. The next thing you’ll need to do is find the Settings icon on your iPhone. This is usually on the Home screen but may have been moved if you’ve ever tinkered with your icon arrangement.

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Once you’re in the Settings menu, you’ll see a notifications bar along the top. You can enable your push notifications simply by touching the bar and sliding it over to the “On” position. If you don’t see the bar, double check your apps again to make sure that they support push notifications. If you do have apps downloaded that support the notifications, you’ll be able to go through them individually and change the settings. This means that just because you have your push notifications enabled, you don’t have to be bombarded with all kinds of information you don’t need. Simply enable the apps that you’re most interested in!

You’ll also be given the choice as to how you would like to be notified. The iPhone gives you three choices. A noise can sound, a message can appear on your screen, or you can receive a badge. A badge is that little number you sometimes see in the upper right-hand corner of an app. If you have your notifications enabled, and see this little number, that means you have “x” amount of push notifications for that iPhone app!

Easy as pie and such a cool feature!

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