Is it possible to time adjust push mail on my iPhone? What I want is that the phone automatically adjust the push setting for some time slots a day. E.g. that it should push mail between 9-17, but after 17 it should not push mail for an account. Is there an app for that?

  • What is serving the mail for you? – Robin Jan 27 '12 at 10:43
  • By "push" do you mean "push and display a notification," or "push email to Mail but not display a notification?" – Timothy Mueller-Harder Jan 28 '12 at 3:12
  • @TimothyMueller-Harder not displaying the notification is good enough for me. Is there an app for that? – grm Jan 28 '12 at 14:18
  • @grm Oh—I was sure you were going to answer the first one... Why would you care when it gets pushed if it doesn't display a notification? – Timothy Mueller-Harder Jan 28 '12 at 17:36
  • @TimothyMueller-Harder Sorry, the spellchecker corrected the last one. You are absolutely right! Maybe I should delete this question and ask more preciesly how I can turn off the notification instead? – grm Jan 31 '12 at 10:09

There is no simple app for this in the default Mail app as unfortunately there is no way for an app to change this setting. You either have to accept notifications all of the time, or manually turn them on/off in the Settings app every time you want to change them as @afragen said.

There may be other email apps that will provide this functionality, but I've not come across any.


This isn't currently an option, but in iOS 6, Notifications will have a "Do Not Disturb" feature, so you can mute them at certain hours of the day. It won't stop your phone from receiving mail, but the alerts won't bother you.


Turn off Notifications from the Settings > Notifications tab. Search for Mail and turn off all notification settings.

If you also want you might need to go to Settings > General > Sounds and turn off the New Mail sound.

  • This is also a manual procedure. Looking for something automatic. – grm Feb 16 '12 at 9:13

It might be possible to set your home WiFi router to disable internet access in general or for a specific device or specific service (like Mail) during certain hours. This would normally be under a Parental Controls section of the router setup.

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