Quickly Dismiss A Banner Notification In Your iPhone’s Status Bar

The new notifications in iOS 5 are great and unobtrusive, but sometimes they stick around in your status bar for a bit longer than you’d like. Whether or not you’re wiping away an embarrassing text or it’s simply covering up something on your screen, there’s a simple way to dismiss the message immediately.

All you have to do is swipe from the right to the left, on top of the message. You can’t do it the other way around — it has to be from right to left. This will toss the message away like you’re flicking it off your screen with your finger. (In a way, you kind of are.)

Check out the video above for a demonstration.

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