The best way to stop infinite notifications from clogging up the entire Notification Center or the lock screen is via notification grouping. You can navigate through individual notifications and discover the ones you need a little bit more easily now that all the alerts are arranged in orderly stacks based on apps or the environment. Additionally, watchOS 7 gives you control over notification grouping on your Apple Watch so you can select your favourite method of stacking alerts or even eliminate it if you like the more conventional appearance of the alerts.
Manage Notification Grouping on watchOS
Let’s first clarify the differences between Automatic and By App notification grouping so you may pick the one that best suits your requirements.
Difference Between Automatic and By App Notification Grouping
WatchOS groups notifications in two ways, automatically and by app, just like iOS 14. By app mode consolidates all notifications into a single stack for each app, as opposed to automated mode, which provides notification stacks based on factors like as contacts, time, discussion threads, and more. You should choose the notification grouping mode that best suits your preferences.
Personally, I prefer to consolidate notifications for particular apps, such as expenditure trackers, personal finance, and activity, into a distinct stack for each app. It gives me the ease of being able to quickly and clutter-freely view all of the alerts from one app in a single stack. Additionally, it guarantees that I won’t need to search elsewhere to find the needed alerts for the same app.
And for apps like news and reminders, I opt for the automated mode. For a customised experience, watchOS uses machine learning to track your interactions with alerts and stack notifications. You can select the preferred notification grouping style for each app, according on your preferences. Let me demonstrate how it should be done.
Choose the Preferred Style of Notification Grouping on watchOS
Be aware that watchOS allows you to modify notification grouping on an individual app basis. Therefore, you must explore each app to adjust the settings.
- Launch the Watch app on your paired iPhone.
2. Next, select My Watch from the menu in the lower left corner of the screen. Then click Notifications.
3. Next, locate the app (that enables notification grouping).
4. Click on Notification Grouping after that.
5. Finally, you have three choices to make:
- Off: Select it to turn off Notification Grouping for this specific app.
- Automatically: Choose it to let watchOS stack notifications for this app depending on nature. (By default, this mode is selected.)
- By App: Select this option to allow watchOS to group all notifications into a single stack.
You can move forward after choosing the desired option.
Manage Notification Grouping on watchOS With Ease
This is how you may control how your Apple Watch groups notifications. Choose the most suitable option based on your requirements now that you are aware of how each alerts grouping mode functions. It would have been preferable if watchOS had given users the opportunity to choose the notification grouping style for the entire system.
I hope Apple includes it in watchOS 8. Anyway, watchOS 7 looks to have checked off almost all the boxes owing to some really important additions like sleep tracking, battery health, and handwash detection. What are your thoughts on the most recent watchOS release, and what new features would you like to see in watchOS 8? Tell us in the comments section below.