When your iPhone is locked and you have a passcode or touch ID set, then that information is required to access the full functionality of the device. But you can also configure your iPhone so that some other information is accessible from the lock screen without unlocking it. This is meant to be a convenience for information that you access frequently, and for which you might not want to unlock the device.
But if you find that you dislike having access to these features from the lock screen, such as the Notification Center that opens when you swipe down from the top of the screen, then you can choose to disable it by following the steps in the guide below.
Prevent Opening the Notification Center from the iPhone Lock Screen
The steps in the article below were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 9.2. These steps will work for other iPhone models running iOS 9 as well.
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How to prevent Notification Center access from the iPhone lock screen –
- Tap the Settings icon.
- Select the Touch ID & Passcode option.
- Enter your passcode.
- Scroll down and turn off the Notifications View option in the Allow Access When Locked section.
If you need additional help, these steps are also shown with pictures below –
Step 1: Open the Settings menu.
Step 2: Scroll down and select the Touch ID & Passcode option.
Step 3: Enter your current passcode (if one is set).
Step 4: Scroll down to the Allow Access When Locked section, then tap the button to the right of Notifications View to turn it off. The option is turned off when there is no green shading around the button. It is turned off in the picture below.
If you wish to disable any action that occurs when you swipe down from the top of the screen on the Lock Screen, then you will also want to turn off the Today option.
Would you like to disable access to the Control Center from the Lock Screen as well? Learn how to turn off Control Center Lock Screen access.
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