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iPO Quick Tip

iPhone OS 3.0: Enabling Push Notifications

One of the cool features built into iPhone OS 3.0 is the ability to display alerts and messages from applications that aren't active, also known as "push" notifications. Push notifications aren't active by default, and if you don't have the right apps installed, you won't even be able to find the feature on your iPhone or iPod touch.

To take advantage of Push notifications, you need to start by installing an application that can take advantage of the feature. AP Mobile and AIM both fit the bill.

iPhone OS 3.0 Push notification alert

After you add a Push-aware application to your iPhone or iPod touch, do this:

Install Push-aware apps to see the Notifications Setting

  • Launch the application. You'll see a dialog asking if it's OK for the application to use the Push notification service. Go ahead and tap OK.
  • Now press the Home button to exit the app and go to Settings > Notifications. You won't see the Notifications option until you install and launch a push-aware application.
  • Make sure Notifications is set to On.

Alert settings can be set per-app

Every push-capable application installed on your iPhone or iPod touch will appear in Notifications, too. Just tap each app to turn on or off its sound, on-screen alert, or badge tag. Since these settings are per-application, you can set one to use all three notification type, while limiting another to just audio or badge alerts.

You can set sound, alert and badge notifications

Push notifications are handy because they let users get information without having to always keep a single application open. Instant message clients are especially happy to have Push notification support in AIM and BeejiveIM so they can stay on top of their chat conversations without having to keep the apps open.

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Dave Hamilton said:

I wish Apple would give us a way of disabling sounds during certain hours. I’d like to know if I get an SMS or someone calls me late at night, but I don’t need AP News pestering me while I sleep.

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Lee Dronick said:

I wish Apple would give us a way of disabling sounds during certain hours. Iíd like to know if I get an SMS or someone calls me late at night, but I donít need AP News pestering me while I sleep.

Yes! I am using my iPhone as an alarm clock. Day or night,  I would also like to assign specific “ring tones” to certain senders.

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Dave Hamilton said:

For the record, the iPhone’s Alarm Clock will sound even if it’s in mute mode.

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Lee Dronick said:

For the record, the iPhoneís Alarm Clock will sound even if itís in mute mode.

Good point. However, I am using a 3rd party alarm clock as my primary and I need to test that with the iPhone in mute mode. I will do that in a short bit and get back to you all.

Maybe I should just get back using one of my iPods as an alarm.

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Lee Dronick said:

I just tested my 3rd party alarm clock app with the iPhone muted. It doesn’t override the mute as does the Apple Clock app. What I had been wanting was an alarm sound that isn’t so jarring, I guess I could create my own and I will look into doing something that suits my needs.

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