Your iPhone can inform you about a new text message in several different ways. One option is called a banner, which temporarily displays at the top of the screen, then disappears after a few seconds. Another option is called an alert, and requires you to dismiss it before it will go away. A text message alert can display both when the phone is locked or unlocked, and is the preferred messaging notification type for many iPhone users.
If you are currently using the banner notification style, or you are not receiving text message notifications at all, then you can learn how to receive text message alerts on your iPhone 6 by following the steps in the guide below.
Enabling Text Message Alerts in iOS 9
The steps below will assume that you currently receive either banner notifications, or no notifications at all when you receive a new text message. If you have alerts enabled, and are instead trying to determine why you are not receiving alerts for a specific conversation, then read this article – https://www.solveyourtech.com/mute-notifications-iphone-text-conversation/ about muting and unmuting text conversations.
Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.
Step 2: Tap the Notifications option.
Step 3: Select the Messages option.
Step 4: Select the Alerts option under the Alert Style When Unlocked. If you would like to see these alerts on your lock screen, then tap the button to the right of Show on Lock Screen to turn it on. The option is enabled when there is green shading around the button. It is turned on in the picture below.
Is the gray bar above your iPhone keyboard making it difficult for you to type? This article – https://www.solveyourtech.com/turn-off-predictive-text-word-suggestions-ios-9/ will show you how to turn off or minimize the predictive feature in iOS 9.
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