How to make your iPhone text message notifications private

Have you ever been showing someone something on your phone and you get a private text message? That little notification banner pops up at the top of your screen and you can’t help but see it – you and the person next to you.  Even though that little notification only has a few words, sometimes that’s more than enough to be um… more than you wanted that person to see.

There’s a fix for that!  You can set your phone to only show the person’s name in the notification – no preview of the message itself.  Whew!  Here’s what it looks like when you’ve changed your settings.

A preview of the preview

How to make your iPhone text message notifications private

Okay, here’s how to make that happen.  It takes 30 seconds.

  1. Go to your Settings app
  2. Tap on “Notifications”
  3. Then, scroll down and tap on “Messages”
  4. On that screen, find the “Messages Options” section toward the bottom and make sure that “Show Previews” is turned OFF.
  5. You’re done!  Now when you receive a text message, no preview of the actual message will show.
  6. Make sure and do the same thing on your iPad, if you receive text messages there.

A handy how-to visual

How to make your iPhone text message notifications private

Now, you can rest assured that your private messages will stay private from stray glances.



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