How to Reply to & Dismiss Notifications in iOS 10 on iPhone

The times they are a changin’ with iOS 10. If you want to reply to notifications from Lock screen on your 3D Touch compatible iPhone, you’ll need to use 3D Touch. Older models have the good ‘ol swipe to Reply feature in place, which we’ll also go over. However rich notifications from Lock screen in iOS 10 allows you to do a lot more. The notification on your Lock screen can easily be responded to using either 3D Touch or by swiping left. This is one of the ways Apple is incorporating 3D Touch into more and more places on the iPhone. Here’s how to respond to notifications in iOS 10.

Related: How to Update to iOS 10

How to Reply to iOS 10 Notifications from Lock Screen on an iPhone with 3D Touch:

  • Find the notification you want to reply to.

  • Activate 3D Touch by hard-pressing the screen.  

  • Depending on the notification, a box will pop up with various actions you can take.

  • For example, if you receive a Message, 3D Touch the notification to open up a box for replying right from Lock screen.

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  • To dismiss a notification, swipe left on the notification and tap Clear. 

How to Reply to iOS 10 Notifications from Lock Screen on an iPhone without 3D Touch:

  • Find the notification you want to reply to.

  • Swipe left on the notification.

  • Depending on the type of notification, you’ll see different options.

  • For example, if you receive a Message, tap View after swiping left.

  • A box with Messages will pop up. From here, you can reply directly from Lock Screen.

  • To dismiss the notification, swipe left on the notification and tap Clear. 

Some notifications will only give you the option to dismiss it. What actions appear when you 3D Touch or swipe left on a notification depends entirely on the app itself. Notifications from the app Medium allow me to bookmark an article for reading later. Experiment with different notifications to see all the options you have.

What to Do If You Can't Reply to Messages Notifications from Lock Screen:

If you’re not able to reply or respond to Messages notifications from Lock screen, it’s likely a settings problem. You’ll need to allow access to Messages when iPhone is locked. To do this:

  • Open Settings.

  • Select Touch ID & Passcode. Enter your passcode.

  • Scroll down to the section labeled Allow Access When Locked.

  • In order to reply to the notifications from Lock screen, toggle on Reply with Message.

You may consider turning Notifications View and Today View on as well, but it’s ultimately up to you and how private you want to be.


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Conner Carey holds a bachelor's in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and resides in Fairfield, Iowa. When she's not writing, you can find her singing jazz or watching anime. Her personal blog can be found at; you can also follow her on twitter @connerleecarey.