How long do notifications stay visible in the top bar?

sakau2007

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When I get a message, or some other notification, how long should the notification stay there if I don't acknowledge it by clicking on it? It seems like it used to only be a few seconds but in iOS 8, sometimes it is a few seconds and sometimes it is much longer.

Is there a setting for this? Does it vary by app notifying you? Is it just a bug?
 

migdaddy

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When I get a message, or some other notification, how long should the notification stay there if I don't acknowledge it by clicking on it? It seems like it used to only be a few seconds but in iOS 8, sometimes it is a few seconds and sometimes it is much longer.

Is there a setting for this? Does it vary by app notifying you? Is it just a bug?
I notice this too. I believe its a known bug that will hopefully be fixed with the new update.
 

GreyOS

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It hangs for 6-7 seconds, which I agree is too long. It's probably because actionable buttons and quick reply can be revealed by pulling down, so they want to give you more chance to do that. But 4 seconds would be plenty.

I've said it before and I'll say it again... the banners in iOS 7 onwards have forgotten their purpose in the original iOS 5 incarnation, which is to deliver notifications with minimal distraction.

In iOS 7 they made them too big, such that they can really obscure and distract you from content (most notable when playing games).

In iOS 8 they made them hang around too long.
 

migdaddy

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Some of the notifications remove when pushed up, but others dont, such as whatsapp. If i push the home button though, it goes away.
 

cynics

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I've had message app notifications hang indefinitely. It's kind of humorous because it's generally when I'm just waiting for them to disappear so I can use something at the top of the screen.

I'll have to check it to make it go away, pushing up on them doesn't work.

It's rare though only happened 5-10 times.
 

The Doctor11

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Yeah happened to me to. I got a message notification when I was in the middle of a intense game so I didn't want to use quick reply and I was waiting for it to go away and it didn't so after about 15-20 seconds I swiped it away.
 

C DM

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It hangs for 6-7 seconds, which I agree is too long. It's probably because actionable buttons and quick reply can be revealed by pulling down, so they want to give you more chance to do that. But 4 seconds would be plenty.

I've said it before and I'll say it again... the banners in iOS 7 onwards have forgotten their purpose in the original iOS 5 incarnation, which is to deliver notifications with minimal distraction.

In iOS 7 they made them too big, such that they can really obscure and distract you from content (most notable when playing games).

In iOS 8 they made them hang around too long.
The same timing is present in iOS 7. When this topic came up in a few threads before I had an iOS 7 device and timed a few different notifications which stayed the same 6-7 seconds on that device as they did on an iOS 8 device I was using for comparison.
 

GreyOS

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The same timing is present in iOS 7. When this topic came up in a few threads before I had an iOS 7 device and timed a few different notifications which stayed the same 6-7 seconds on that device as they did on an iOS 8 device I was using for comparison.
Thanks for the correction.

The comparison I made between iOS 7 and 8 timings is one thing I was speculating on based on others comments in this thread. It has since emerged that some people in this thread are actually experiencing a *bug*, where the notification is not auto-dismissing at all.

What I said about how I feel about the size of the banners across iOS 7 and 8 still stands though, just to be clear.
 

C DM

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Thanks for the correction.

The comparison I made between iOS 7 and 8 timings is one thing I was speculating on based on others comments in this thread. It has since emerged that some people in this thread are actually experiencing a *bug*, where the notification is not auto-dismissing at all.

What I said about how I feel about the size of the banners across iOS 7 and 8 still stands though, just to be clear.
Yeah, I think that's basically where the issue is when it comes to all of this in iOS 8. It seems to affect some people while many others don't see it--pretty much as it goes for many other issues people notice as well.
 
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