Alerts and notifications are a very important element of the apps on your iPhone, as they provide visual and audio cues that you have received a new message, or that something on your device requires your attention. Without these notifications we would be forced to blindly check our devices periodically to see if we have a new email or text message. Your iPhone can even be configured to alert you to the same text message multiple times by repeating alerts at two minute intervals.
But if your iPhone is typically nearby, then you might find the repeat alerts to be unnecessary. Fortunately this setting is something that you can adjust, and you can even elect to disable the repeat text message alerts entirely. This means that you will only receive the initial alert when the message is first received, and there will not be any additional alerts for that message.
Disable Repeat Alerts for Text Messages in iOS 8
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 8.4. However, these steps will also work for other iPhone models using the same operating system, as well most other iPhone models using iOS 6 or higher.
- Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.
- Step 2: Select the Notifications option.
- Step 3: Select the Messages option.
- Step 4: Scroll to the bottom of the screen and select the Repeat Alerts button under Message Options.
- Step 5: Select the Never option at the top of the screen.
Now you will only receive alerts for text messages when they are initially received. The alerts will no longer be repeated at two minute intervals.
Would you like to see a preview of text messages on your lock screen, so that you can know who has texted you without unlocking your device? Or do you dislike this behavior, and would like to disable that setting? This article will show you how to configure the lock screen alert behavior for text messages on your iPhone.
Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
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