Funny how our mobile device (iPhone) could turn against us (users) due to annoying pop-ups and various warning messages, even though Apple (iPhone product maker) offers a very nice user experience, but iOS has some quirks that may irritate you.

The following quick tips can help you eliminate some of the biggest culprits your iPhone may be showing. In this article, we also answer the question of how to turn off this annoying message on the iPhone to update iOS.

Hide the text of incoming messages

By default, when someone sends you a text through Apple Messages, their message will appear as part of the notification on your lock screen. You can change it to get the notification, but the message itself is hidden. It’s much less annoying than worrying about who might be viewing your incoming messages. To change it go to:

Settings> Notifications> Messages> Preview and switch to Never.

Now nobody can see the text of incoming messages until the phone is unlocked.

Disable or customize banners and badges

We have users who can’t stand a mess and a bunch of unread badges is a complete mess to them. For example, if I have a badge account in an iPhone app, I am notified of something important. So, in theory, I should check out those urgent notifications, clear the number of badges, and be on my way. If there’s nothing that important, why is the badge important? As a result, I’m turning off badges and notifications for most apps on my phone.

Here’s how to turn off badge counting and notifications. Go to:

Settings> Notifications> and select the app you want to customize.

Note that there are three options for images: the lock screen, the action center, and the banners. The lock screen refers to messages that appear on your lock screen (for example, the full text of incoming messages unless you change the default). Action Centre is the screen you get when you swipe up from the top of the screen. Banners are the pop-up notifications you see while using your phone.

Under these options, there are two more: Sounds and Badges. Sounds are sound alarms. Badges are the red circles with numbers that appear on app icons, e.g. For example, the one in the messaging app that tells you how many unread messages you have.

Unless an app has a legitimate reason to interrupt your day, I recommend that you at least turn off notifications and badges on the lock screen. You can turn them all off by checking the Allow notifications option at the top.

How can you decide which notifications to activate? Easy. Do you need to know when this happens? For example, you may want new email notifications when you have important business deals. It is certainly useful to receive flight update notifications from certain travel apps while you are out and about. Your food delivery app and your car service apps also provide you with relevant information in real-time. However, anything that is simply not important should not bore you with its presence.

Disable Siri and stop getting yourself worked up

Based on a recently published report and research, it was found that there are many people whose jobs involve handling sensitive information. For example, when they ask me about my job, when I write about technology, and when I have advice for them, I always say, “Make sure you turn off Siri on your iPhone.”

I understand that Siri plays an important role in certain contexts. It’s an amazing helper for some accessibility needs. It’s also very useful for getting people not to look at their phones while driving. (Please don’t text or drive. You will kill someone.) That said, if you don’t need Siri regularly, it’s in your best interest to turn it off. That way, it won’t automatically trigger at odd times, and you won’t accidentally hear something that you would rather not hear from someone else. (Apple has a pretty good policy for anonymizing requests sent through Siri to its servers, but any time information is scanned and sent there is a risk of someone intercepting it.)

To turn off Siri, go to:

Settings> Siri & Search> and turn off all six options.

Turn off live photos (those boring little videos).

Have you ever taken or received a photo that turned out to be a very short video? And you didn’t want that to be the case? A few years ago, Apple released Live Photos, a feature that allows you to capture a quick clip of motion and audio like a very short video. Almost no one is the problem, but Apple enthusiasts know what this feature is and how it works. Sometimes all they know is that they are trying to take a photo and get a little video clip instead.

If you can’t be bothered, just turn off the iPhone’s ability to take a live photo and never worry again. Go to:

Settings> Camera> Keep Settings> and turn off Live Photo.

Stop receiving urgent “update” requests

Do you often see pop-up messages about updating your operating system? To stop them, you need to turn off automatic updates in settings. Go to:

Settings> General> Software Update> Automatic Updates = Disabled

The advantage is that you no longer see annoying notifications.

Though the con is, you don’t necessarily know immediately when an update for your operating system is available. In a perfect world, a badge notification will appear on your settings icon when a new system is available to download and install. In reality, the badge usually doesn’t appear until a few days after it’s released (not sure why it does). When you hear that a new update is available, you’ll see it when you open Settings> General> Software Update.

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