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HOWTO: Disable iPhone App Push Notifications for Longer Battery Life

iPhone Push Notifications Battery LifeLonger Battery or Lots of Red Circles With Numbers? Your Choice.

Push Notifications were introduced to iPhone 3G and continue to become more and more popular with developers as a way to make their apps more interactive but it comes at a price, battery life.

This appears as a part of my iPhone Battery Saving Tips & Tricks series.

Push Notifications in iPhone OS 3 and still in iOS4 continues to drain the battery at an alarming rate in some cases and more often than not are just not necessary.

There are two types of Push Notifications on iPhone, one for apps and one for mail.

I’d recommend tweaking  both for better battery life but only the apps one is covered here.

This has been carried out and tested on an iPhone 3GS running iOS4.


Disabling Push Notifications (Applications)

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Tap Notifications
    iPhone iOS4 Settings Panel Notifications
  3. To turn off all Application’s Push Notifications, toggle the ON/OFF switch at the top
    iPhone iOS4 Notifications Panel Push Notifications
  4. To turn off a selection of your Application’s Push Notifications, enter each individual Application’s Notifications page and toggle Badges, Alerts and Sounds as required.
    iPhone iOS4 Notifications Push Facebook
  5. Press the Home key to return to the springboard.



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  1. Dan says:

    Thanks! Answered my question!

  2. Pete says:

    I have a Iphone 4 with OS 4.3.1. I have 777 poker on my phone and i get notifications on it even when i have notifications turned off. sounds, alerts and badges are also off.

    1. Big E says:

      I have the same thing happening to me. I would like to kno how it is overriding the system. My itunes account got hacked and I am wondering if this app had something to do with it.

      1. Rosco says:

        Hi guys…

        In both cases, are your phones jailbroken?

        Also, a lot of Apps have their own notification settings either stored inside the App itself or in the Apps own Settings panel at Settings > {App Name} > Notifications

        Give it a try.


  3. Raza says:

    Thanxs, hope this helps.

  4. Pete says:

    No not jail broken. Wanted to retain integrity as much as possible. No notification settings inside the app that I can find. Totally stumped. Can’t find anything else to turn off.

  5. sean says:

    Same problem, not jail broken, 777 poker was closed when disabled notifications. No settings in app. How to stop notifications without deleting app?

  6. Simon says:

    Same thing here. Everyday it pops a message this is annoying…. Plz if someone knows how share it

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