How to Hide Notifications on the Lock Screen on an iPhone 7

The notifications that you receive from your apps are meant to let you know when there is something new in the app that requires your attention. Sometimes this may be something generic like an announcement or a nag to tell you to use the app again, but other times it may contain important information.

Occasionally these apps might appear on your lock screen, which is convenient if you like to be able to read notifications without unlocking your device. But if you are concerned that sensitive or personal information may be displayed in one of those notifications, then you might want to hide those notifications so that they can’t be viewed by anyone with physical access to your device. Our tutorial below will show you how to stop showing recent notifications on the lock screen on your iPhone.

You can read this tutorial if your iPhone camera flash goes off for text messages and you don’t want it to.

How to Disable Recent Notifications on the Lock Screen in iOS 11

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 11.2.2. Completing these steps will cause your iPhone to stop displaying recent notifications on your lock screen. This will not stop any of the other options on this menu from appearing on the lock screen. If you would like to turn off any of the other information or menus that are accessible from the lock screen, then you should turn off those options as well.

Step 1: Open the Settings app.

open the settings menu

Step 2: Scroll down and select the Touch ID & Passcode option.

touch id and passcode menu

Step 3: Enter the current device passcode.

hide notifications from iphone lock screen

Step 4: Scroll down to the Allow Access When Locked part of the menu, then tap the button to the right of Recent Notifications to turn it off. My iPhone in the picture below is configured to not display recent notifications on the lock screen.

how to stop showing recent notifications iphone lock screen

Now that you know how to hide notifications on the Lock Screen on an iPhone 7, you won’t need to worry about other people being able to see that information if they pick up your phone.

The iOS 11 update allows you to configure some additional options and features in comparison to iOS 11. For example, find out how to automatically enable Do Not Disturb when driving if you would like to prevent yourself from being distracted by phone things while you are driving your car.

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