HiFutureSelf

Help with Notifications and Reminders

This is a quick help section for the HiFutureSelf app. HiFutureSelf allows you to send messages to your future self as reminders and notifictions.

How much does the app cost?

It's completely FREE! The HiFutureSelf app is a project I enjoy working on. It's been in the App Store since 2010!

Do you collect or store my personal data?

No! Your messages never leave your device.

Why don't my notifications show up?

On your iPhone, navigate to:

Settings > HiFutureSelf > Notifications

Make sure the following settings are enabled:

  • Allow Notifications
  • Sounds
  • Badge App Icon
  • Show on Lock Screen
  • Show in History
  • Show as Banners
  • Banner Style: Persistent
  • Show Preview - Always (Default)
Why do notifications disappear on my iPhone?

Your settings might have HiFutureSelf notifications as "Temporary" which would make them disappear even if you did not take an action.

On your iPhone, navigate to:

Settings > HiFutureSelf > Notifications

And Set:
  • Banner Style: Persistent
My Location based messages are not arriving:

In addition to the settings above, we need to make sure location settings correct. On your iPhone, navigate to:

Settings > HiFutureSelf > Location

  • Allow Location Access: While Using the App

If your messages are still not showing up, you might need to enable location based alerts on your phone. On your iPhone, navigate to:

Settings > Location Services > System Services

Enable the following:

  • Location-Based Alerts
How to enable notifications on your iPhone:

Navigate to

Settings > Notifications > HiFutureSelf
Then, make sure the following is enabled:

  • Allow Notifications
  • Sounds
  • Badge App Icon
  • Show on Lock Screen
  • Show in History
  • Show as Banners
  • Banner Style: Persistent
  • Show Preview - Always (Default)
What is a Push Notification?

There are two types of notifications on an iOS device. HiFutureSelf uses Local Notifications. but there is also Push Notifications. Local notifications are triggered by the device itself, while Push Notifications are sent ("pushed") from a server to your device.

What is a Local Notification?

There are two types of notifications on an iOS device, Local Notifications and Push Notifications. Local notifications are triggered by the device itself, while Push Notifications are sent ("pushed") from a server to your device. HiFutureSelf uses Local Notifications, which means your messages are not sent to a server. They are kept on your device, and work even if you're offline.

Why use Local Notifications?
  1. Privacy: The HiFutureSelf app uses local notifications. You don't send your data to a server. Your notification reminders and messages stay on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Offline Operation: The app does not need an interent connection to work! Your time based notifications will trigger even if you're offline.
  3. Battery Eficiency: Since HiFutureSelf never sends data to a server or waits for a response it saves energy on your iOS device!
Am I charged for notifications?

There is no charge for HiFutureSelf notifications!

Do I need to be connected to the internet?

Time based notifications do not need an internet connection! Only location based notifications require an internet connection for a map to be loaded. Time based notifications in HiFutureSelf operate completely offline!

Do you store my notifications on your servers?

No! Your notifications never leave your iOS device.