Fixed! Cleared Notifications on iPhone & iPad Keep Coming Back

What to Know

  • If cleared notifications on your iPhone keep coming back, reset the settings on your iPhone. 
  • If this doesn't work, reset the network settings and update your apps.
  • As a last resort, you may need to factory reset your device.

Have you ever cleared notifications from the Notification Center on your iPhone or iPad, only to have them come back a day or two later? Here's how to get rid of iPhone notifications that keep coming back!

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How to Stop Cleared Notifications from Coming Back on iPhone & iPad

When you clear notifications on your iPhone or iPad, they're supposed to go away permanently. If things don't work how they're supposed to, and those iPhone or iPad notifications keep coming back, update your iPhone software and iPad software to the latest version. If that doesn't work, force reset your iPhone or iPad.  If the problem persists, read on to get rid of iPhone notifications that keep coming back after you've cleared them.

Reset All Settings on iPhone or iPad

If old iPad or iPhone notifications keep appearing, it's time to reset the settings on your iPhone or iPad

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Reset Network Settings on iPhone or iPad

If cleared notifications keep coming back on your iPhone or iPad, you can also reset the network settings. Keep in mind that taking this step means that you'll have to you’ll have to enter your Wi-Fi passwords again.

reset network settings on iphone or ipad if old notifications come back

Update Apps on iPhone & iPad

If cleared notifications keep coming back from particular apps, updating apps on your iPhone or iPad might help. You can update all your apps at once, right in the App Store app. This helps to resolve any software glitches happening because of app programming and compatibility flaws.

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Hopefully, the app updates resolved the issue! For more troubleshooting and device organization tips, check out our free Tip of the Day Newsletter.

Back Up & Restore iPhone or iPad to Factory Settings

If cleared notifications keep reappearing, it's time to do a factory reset. A factory reset is an extreme step to take for reappearing notifications, and I wouldn't recommend it unless this problem is driving you absolutely nuts. This is because a factory reset will erase all contents, settings, and data; it will be like your iPhone is new out of the box. If you do want to move forward with the factory reset, back up your iPhone or iPad, then factory reset your device. Once the reset is complete, restore your device from the backup to get the data and settings back on your iPhone or iPad.

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  • How do I get rid of old notifications on my iPhone? You can swipe left on a notification to clear it or you can use this simple shortcut to clear all notifications on your iPhone or iPad all in just two steps.
  • Can I see the old notifications that I cleared? No, you can't see notifications that you've cleared on your iPhone or iPad. But you can see the notification history for past alerts if you haven't cleared notifications yet.

By now, those pesky reappearing notifications should be off your iPhone or iPad. Be sure to check back with iPhone Life for fixes to any other problems with your Apple devices!

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Author Details

Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays has over a dozen years of experience writing for online publications. As a Feature Writer for iPhone Life, she has authored hundreds of how-to, Apple news, and gear review articles, as well as a comprehensive Photos App guide. Leanne holds degrees in education and science and loves troubleshooting and repair. This combination makes her a perfect fit as manager of our Ask an Expert service, which helps iPhone Life Insiders with Apple hardware and software issues.
In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.