For those of you that may want to disable notifications for the Apple Messages app, but not disable iMessage altogether, please follow the steps outlined below.
- From the Home Screen, open the Settings App:
- Go to Notifications > Messages:
- Change the notification settings to mirror what you see below:
After you change these settings, you will need to manually open the Messages app to check for any messages that you may have received. You will no longer receive alerts/notifications when a message is received.