How to Turn Off Messages Preview on iPhone

Notifications are great, they let you know when you have a message, email or missed call. The preview allows you to see a section of the notification without navigating to the app. But the fact that you can read the notifications on your device means that anyone else can do so too should you leave the device unattended. The good news is, iOS allows you to hide the notifications from prying eyes. In this article, we show you how to do that.

Why You Should Disable Notification Preview from the Lock Screen

The main reason why you want to disable notification preview from your lock screen has more to do with privacy than anything else. If you place your device on the table anyone around can just press a button and be able to see a preview of your messages including the content and who’s been texting you. Therefore, if you are in the habit of placing your device down anywhere, you may want to disable the notifications preview.

Disabling the notifications preview is a great strategy to maintain privacy since no one will be able to see a preview of your iMessages, text messages and emails without first unlocking the device. It is also a great way to get rid of those annoying notifications.

2 Ways to Turn Off Messages Preview on iPhone

Method 1: Disable Notification Previews of All Apps

The process to disable the notifications preview is quite simple as the following steps clearly demonstrate.

Step 1: Tap on the Settings app to gain access to your device’s settings. Find “Notifications” and tap on it.

Step 2: At the top, you will see “Show Previews.” Tap on this option

Step 3: If you don’t want the previews to show up when the phone is locked, choose “When Unlocked.” If you don’t want the previews to show up at all, select the “Never” option to completely disable the previews.

Disable Notifications Preview

Method 2: Turn Off Only the Messages Preview

There are some apps that deliver important notifications and you want to keep those while disabling notifications for messages, WhatsApp, whose notifications range from not important at all to downright annoying. Fortunately, there is a way to disable notifications for specific apps. Here’s a step by step guide to help you turn off only the notification previews for some messages app.

Step 1: Open settings on your device. Tap on “Notifications” to open the notifications option.

Step 2: First set the “Show Previews” to “When Unlocked” and then go back to the notifications screen.

Step 3: Under “Notifications” you should see a list of the apps on your device. Select the messages app you wish to disable notifications and disable “Allow Notification”option.

Enable Notification Previews for Individual Apps

And just like that, you are able to maintain your privacy by disabling notification previews on your lock screen. It is also a handy way to customize the notifications you get and how you get them. Go ahead! Take control of your notifications by enabling notifications for a select few apps or disabling them completely.