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Hide Content of Messages on Lock Screen

Basically the option to receive and read messages on the Lock Screen is a great feature, but sometimes the content is not meant for the eyes of other people. You can now hide the preview of your messages on the Lock Screen with an easy configuration in your settings. We will show you how to accomplish this below.

Starting with iOS 10 you now have the option to hide the content of notifications, which is shown on the Lock Screen. If you want no notifications on your lock screen, you can deactivate the preview in your Settings.

Settings → Notifications → Show Previews (deactivate)

But if you want to get the notifications of iMessages, WhatsApp and Facebook messages, but you don’t want that other people to read them on your iPhone Lock Screen, you will have to deactivate the preview in each app separately.


Open your “Settings” and go to “Notifications”. Scroll down to “Messages” and deactivate “Show On Lock Screen”.


Settings → Notifications → WhatsApp → Show On Lock Screen (deactivate)

Open “Settings” and go to “WhatsApp” at the bottom right. Tap “Notifications” and deactivate “Show On Lock Screen” by tapping the sliding button next to it. This way a preview of WhatsApp messsages will no longer show on your Lock Screen.

Facebook Messenger

Settings → Notifications → Messenger → Show On Lock Screen (deactivate)

Open the “Settings” and go to “Notifications” then scroll to “Messenger2. Now disable the sliding button next to “Show On Lock Screen”.

Now you will get notifications about received messages, but the content will be hidden. This way you don’t have to turn off the notifications completely for hiding private messages from other people.

Hint: You can also hide apps you do not want other people to see. Learn how to hide apps on your iPhone.