DisableMessage Previews On Your iPhone

DisableMessage Previews On Your iPhone

You’re probably aware that your iPhone has a feature that displays previews of SMS text messages when they’re received, and if you’ve ever received something private when you’re not alone you know how embarrassing those previews can be. Fortunately there is a very simple way to disable them and keep people from accidentally seeing a conversation you’d rather keep to yourself.

All you have to do is open the settings app, go into the Messages section, and disable the very first option: Show Message Preview. Once you do that you’ll still get SMS alerts like usual, but those alerts just won’t contain any part of the actual messages. If you’re with someone who likes to snoop they can still snoop and find the messages in the SMS app, but at least this will give them less of a reason to look. Besides, you can always add a password.

Check out the video above for a demo.


  • iOS5 allows you to turn off alert notifications for SMS although this might not be as good as just removing the message contents as above.

    It also lets you turn on lock screen alerts for email, which I’ve found to be way more dangerous than displaying SMS alerts!

  • This is still not enough, just having an SMS popping up from an EX even without content in front of your girlfriend can lead to a lot of drama. Apple has to learn to let people customize their products better instead of just making all the choices for us, and demand that this is what we want.

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