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How can I prevent SMS messages from being shown on the iPhone lock screen?

I am aware that the text message preview can be disabled so that the actual message is not displayed. However, there is still an alert that a text has been received and from whom that can be openly seen on the lock screen. Therefore full privacy is compromised.

Can I disable this alert completely on the iPhone 4?

Thank you

  • Just to be clear, I am aware that I can go to Settings/Messages and disable "Show Preview". Doing so will prevent the actual SMS message text itself from displaying on the lock screen as a "preview". This is the answer given to another similar question. However, an alert still appears with the sender's name which can be seen by anyone on the lock screen. For complete privacy I want to prevent this. Thank you. – Driver256 Oct 12 '11 at 3:39
  • If you are using iOS 4, then you cannot. You can disable a preview of the message (Settings > Messages) but cannot completely remove it from the Lock Screen. Refer to the above steps for iOS 5. – user10355 Oct 12 '11 at 3:41
  • Thank you, yes I am using iOS 4. I appreciate your prompt action and very helpful, on point, answer. Please note that my question is not an exact duplicate of the other question, not at all. Thank you again. – Driver256 Oct 12 '11 at 3:46
  • Can't wait for iOS 5 -- yay! – Driver256 Oct 12 '11 at 3:46
  • One more day. I've edited the title but will leave it closed seeing as it won't be a problem for you come tomorrow. I'll leave it to a site op's discretion if they want to reopen it. – user10355 Oct 12 '11 at 3:49

Go to Settings. Then Notifications. Then Messages from the list. There you'll see several options. One of them being "View in Lock Screen." Set that to "off."

  • Thank you for the answer, however, there is no "messages" options in the settings/notifications dialog on my iPhone 4. There is a master toggle at the top to turn all notifications on/off and a list of apps. Messages is not one of those apps. – Driver256 Oct 12 '11 at 3:29

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