As a Windows Phone user, I can see the number of new mails for an account on my lock screen.

I'd like to have the same effect on my iPhone, without seeing the mail's preview content. Is there a way to do this without jailbreaking the phone? Note that I realize I can have mails in my notifications area, but that involves seeing a mail preview.

2 Answers 2


Settings, Notifications, Mail.

Change "Show Previews" (all the way at the bottom) to off.


Unfortunately, this isn’t possible with the stock email client on iOS.

  • This is possible. Simply disable "show preview" in Settings, Notifications, Mail. Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 18:51
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    The question was about the number of unread email. It’s definitely not possible to have the iOS stock email client show this on the lock screen.
    – aaronk6
    Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 18:59
  • @PatrickMcMahon Plus, disabling “Show Previews” won’t hide the sender’s name (it will still read John Doe 2m ago – Mail message – slide to read)
    – aaronk6
    Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 19:47
  • I know, however it's as close as @Craig will be able to get without jailbreaking. Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 20:03

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