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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.


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.

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

Facebook Messenger

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

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

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.

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