I'd like to be able to show on my iPhone lock screen notifications that I have upcoming events today, timed reminders, and suchlike, but without showing the actual details of what they are. However, I can't work out how to do this.

The "Today View" screen (swipe from the left) doesn't seem to respect the Notifications "Show Previews" setting (ie, "When Unlocked") and shows the calendar event or reminder titles regardless (rather than just (eg, "Event at 15:00"), which is definitely not desirable from a privacy perspective (eg, if your phone is stolen or lost, someone else would be able to see this information, which should be private).

The Notification Centre doesn't seem to be very much help: although it does only show limited information when my iPhone is locked (good), it seems to entirely forget about upcoming events apart from when the set notification time arrives. I'd like to have that reminder of upcoming events or reminders constantly available (albeit with details only visible when unlocked), so that I don't forget about them (that's why my phone is supposed to be remembering these things for me!).

(I've also just spotted that although I have Badges enabled for Calendar, the Calendar icon doesn't seem to show them, which would also be a useful memory jog, if it was working?!)

Is there some way that I can adjust the settings to do what I want?

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Settings > Reminders > Disable banners, but leave sounds on. Your iPhone will make a sound and vibrate when you the set time or date comes, but nothing will slide from the top screen. From there, you can prevent the notifications from appearing in Notification Center. If you want to see the reminder, you'll have to open the Reminders app.

  • Thanks for the suggestion, but that's not quite what I meant. I do want to be able to see notifications, but I don't want the details of notifications (which should be private) to be visible to others when my phone is locked (in case my phone is lost or stolen). The full details should only be visible once I have unlocked my phone.
    – dave559
    Apr 25, 2020 at 18:19
  • @dave559 Sorry for the late response! You can do that in Settings > Notifications > Show Previews > When Unlocked
    – John R.
    May 26, 2021 at 20:16

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