Quickly swipe away all your Windows Phone 8.1 notifications with one swipe

The Notification Center in Windows Phone 8.1 is the new central location for managing notifications missed while away form the phone. When you have numerous apps firing up notification alerts it can prove a task to go through and delete them all. Luckily, there's a "clear all" button, but Microsoft has also included a sweet little gesture which is just as convenient to mark everything as read and start fresh.

It's already possible to swipe away each individual notification using one finger, but did you know there's also a gesture to clear everything in the center? Simply swipe to the right (that's from left-to-right) with two fingers instead and everything disappears like magic. It's an easy way to quickly get in and out without messing around with a button to keep everything fluid in the new user experience.

That said, the option is always there, just in case you feel like going back to hitting visible elements. Let us know how you choose to effectively manage notifications on your Windows Phone.

Need more tips for Windows Phone 8.1? Make sure you check out our one-step guide right here!

via: WMPU; thanks, FlawlessSayan, for the tip!


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Quickly swipe away all your Windows Phone 8.1 notifications with one swipe


@Rich and anyone else. Can you help me out. I'm using a 1520 with the 8.1 preview. When I try to swipe away a single individual notification it "PULLs" and swipes away ALL the notifications in that particular category. Ex. If I want to swipe away one Hotmail email notification, ALL, of the Hotmail notifications get deleted not just the one I select. Any suggestions?

Same thing with me. Even if I swipe just one, all the notification related to that particular app goes along with it. I never knew there was a way to dismiss each separately.

You can't dismiss each individually.. What you can do is dismiss each related group individually. i.e. All Facebook,all outlook,all Twitter etc. But you can't have say 3 Facebook notifications,and clear just one. All of them will go with it. It's still cool though.

You cannot swipe away individual selections within a category say "WPCentral" or "Yahoo Mail." You can only swipe away that group of notifications so far in 8.1. You can however open an individual selection and it will not clear the entire group away but that's it.

That's just how it's been designed, I think. Having said that, the ability to swipe away an individual notification instead of the entire category would be sweet. They could add the ability to clear the category by swiping on the category title - all the more fine-grained control for the end user.

That's just the way it works. If you want them gone you'll have to actually read them. When you swipe them away, just remember you have some emails of interest to look at when you get the chance. Because they are still marked unread in the box......

The full set of notifications only go away if you swipe the header of the set.. Try swiping a particular notification

Nipper, swiping one notification takes the whole group with it. It would be nice to be able to swipe a single notification, say, by going in the other direction.

Ditto, and great to know as sometimes lots of notifications come in and I just need to clear them quickly.

Great. Wondering if there are more multi touch tricks with the phone. I know I can rotate Maps now which is quite handy

Is the Dev Preview update still available? I've updated to the mini-pre 8.1 update. But I wasn't able to update to the 8.1 DP. I heard MS stopped the Dev Preview...

I heard they would just stop the Preview for SethPogi. Maybe you have that checkbox not activated anymore in the app. Maybe it was overloaded... maybe your network wasnt connected. just out of curiosity - where did you here they stoped the preview program>

if you really want 8.1 (and have a fast wifi and some patience and happen to own a lumia), i'd suggest you backup your data, reinstall the official firmware using nokia software recovery tool. and upgrade to 8.1 once again. it's working for people now i suppose. just got a friend to update his 720 two days ago.
the recovery will usually take you back to amber+gdr2. so first update to black and then install dev preview app and update to 8.1! :)
as i said, it needs patience. but a fast wifi will definitely help in downloading updates quickly, though installing them is a pain.
anyways, all the best. :D

I've been on the 8.1DevPre for about 2 weeks now, and I just received an update last night.
So its still running. :)

Maybe you just need to reinstall/install the "Preview for Developers" app and Sign in. After that check for update again and it should work. Good luck

Not bad, now need inline response to texts from the notification window instead of having to jump to the app.

That's actually a pretty clever feature in my opinion. Would be nice if people would be happy that apple created something that I believe other mobile OS's don't have and that everyone will eventually benefit from.

Still going to use the button because most of the time just holding and using the phone with one hand... But it is good to know.

I hope WP gets the quick reply like IOS does . When I switched to another app in multitasking , it's always show 'resuming' kinda annoying . My sister's Xperia E , although it's lags like hell , but it's multitasking is very good . I don't get it . Although my Lumia 620 had a dual core , but the tiles always takes time to load/show .

Ilustrates why the whole Notification Center was stupid to begin with.  I use live tiles exclusively.

Are you that ignorant of how live tiles work?  I waste NO time seeing which app gave me a notification.  That's the POINT of live tiles.  Good grief.  You people ruin WP.

Oh snap, you just got Rubino'd! I actually had no idea about this, thanks for the post Dan, keep 'dem tips coming!

Aha, good find - didn't notice that!  Anyone else experience any lag when pulling down the action centre shade?  If I've got one or two it's fine but if there's a few apps on there it can stutter - and spoils it a little on my 1020 :(

I did have the same problem with my L1020 but latest update seems to have fixed it, as well as some of the other lag problems.

Is there a way to dismiss just part of notification. Like if i get two messages and want one to stay in the notification Center as a reminder but remove the motivation for the other message

I haven't found a way without actually tapping the notification you want to clear. If you tap one in a section with multiple, the one you've tended to will disappear but the others stay.

Couple indirectly related questions which hopefully someone can shine some light on the matter based on 8.1 on Nokia Lumia 630 in our case as we're testing the unit and 8.1 currently in house:

  1. Is anyone else having Bluetooth issue when playing music (e.g. Nokia MixRadio in our case) where it freezes and unless device is restarted the Bluetooth settings are not usable/switchable
  2. From notifications/quick access area when Bluetooth is tapped it only switches the Bluetooth ON/OFF however wireless is taken to options screen to choose desired wireless AP, now is this because there is only one Bluetooth device locally or it is as it for everyone? Rather frustrating that is not consistent if is how it is for everyone even with other Bluetooth devices available locally

Think it has something to do with security.. accessing it from lock screen... But I do agree that double tap or something should take you to settings of Bluetooth... Would be handy.. Also would be nice to have option to send music to one device and calls to another in Bluetooth, as when I'm listening to music I'd rather talk to people with my headset than my stereo...

because, why press a button when you can do an awkward gesture instead. Notifications are mainly driven by a thumb, so the two finger swipe is neat but.. impractical.

In certain situations, its more practical than pressing X. Driving, skiing, running, jumping, feeding llama, and so on.

When it is in a cradle it would be easier than aiming for the small clear all area I suppose... Similar to the new music app where they implemented swipe to change song instead of aiming for small icons.... (off topic but I have to let out frustration... I wish they would just go back to the old music hub still)

you people should not be using your phones while driving.  It still shocks me that some states haven't made that nonsense illegal.

I'm a bit confused. I am unable to swipe away a single notification of multiples for one specific app. It always swipes away every notification for the specific app. Am I doing something wrong?

Why have an apple logo on the back of the phone, and with a bite out of it, omg it just ruins the whole design :/s

And if you want to swipe away all the notifications from just one app, simply swipe over the app title in the Action Center (or is it Notification Center?) with one finger.

Didn't know about this two-finger swipe though. Thanks :)

Does not really need to swipe on the app name, anywhere will do even on the notification, they are tied while you swiping...

You can also clear all the notifications from a single app by just swiping away the app icon in the Notifications Center (with one finger).

I find this *extremely* useful with WhatsApp notifications! :)

This feature would be even better if it was an option to swipe away individual notification.  This functionality was supported in the old webOS.  You could still support current functionality be allowing the user to swipe away the application title to clear all notifications under that application.  If you could swipe individual notifications under each application title, you could keep important notifications in the list and discard those that are unimportant as a way to triage messages and notifications.

Notice that notification center now doesn't show all notifications from same app. When there is too many notifications for same app, it will show "more notifications"

Yeah found that out 2 days ago. A dev from black tusk, gears of war was spamming my twitter. Why can't i.......Oh wait, u can swipe everything away.

Still think the notification center needs to group together the texts and what not. Seeing 5 notifications in a row about texts from the same person gets old. Lol.

Actually, 5 texts in a row from the same person is ideal as you can see if any need a quick response or can be read later etc.

Do we have a change log for the latest update yet? I'm curious to know what was updated as I didn't get the changed boot screen and even quiet hours didn't change.

That's actually a pretty clever feature in my opinion. Would be nice if people would be happy that apple created something that I believe other mobile OS's don't have and that everyone will eventually benefit from.
(Sadly I think people will just dislike apple for being apple)

Edit: Weird. This was a reply to a comment about apple's inline text reply)

Thanks for the tip, as always Daniel!!  I think the Notification Center is off to a good start, but still needs a lot of work to get to it's full potential.

Bit hard while driving... When ph is in cradle, trying to hit the clear all with one finger without looking is almost impossible!

I use to lay one entire finger only on the screen and swipe them all away...

Didn't tried using two fingers since the way I use is working too.


Two finger swipe?
I don't have two thumbs on my right hand.
I'm glad the clear all button is still there.
I think a left swipe might be more intuitive.

The problem isn't swiping everything off easily; it's swiping things off one at a time... Want to swipe off that one spam mail but keep the relevant ones? No deal, it's all or none!

It does nothing on my 928. I thought that you didn't need to touch the screen, I just used my whole hand to clear it, mehh!

Hmmmm Neat trick. I still prefer glancing at my notifications like twitter and clearing them individually as soon as I've glanced through them. Would not want to miss a tweet from Daniel Rubino "BBM for Windows Phone is Finally here".... Ahhh how I long to see that tweet!

Did you know you can also close apps by swiping down? (instead of using the 'x' on the top right)

I did it yesterday and I found that the numbers on the Tiles don't reset, but if you use the clear all button they reset

All you do is swipe over to your app list and it shows a progress bar on whatever app you are updating/downloading. And btw...fuck android.

It does annoy me when the notification disappears from the NCenter when you go onto the app its notified you about, should be like text message, be your accent colour until you read it then goes to normall text, least you have an option to erase you notifications...

"Clear All" is better in that you can do it with the thumb of the same hand than having to bring your other hand to use 2 fingers to swipe everything away. Good to know though.

Personally, I would like an option for notifications to clear out after a specified period (such as one hour/day/month etc.) much like emails. The notification centre isn't often useful as the tiles have usually told me more before I get it pulled down, so on the odd occasion it proves useful I find it too clogged to be helpful. A simple time out would be an obvious solution to all these issues.

Good to know although I have to admit I almost never check the notification center. I know it's one of those things people have been fighting for, but I never use it. It is nice to have though.

Wow its amazing, you mean I can do this instead of tapping that incredibly annoying clear all button. What a time saver!

If you really want to just get rid of one. Click it and then click back immediately and it will take it out of the list

I never have to bother with this because I have no use for the Notifications Center.  Live Tiles are all I need. I just wish there was a way to completely turn OFF the Notifications Center because it gets in my way.