Text messaging is a great tool for communication, and the iPhone 5 is among the best at handling those types of messages.
You can set up your phone to display your message alerts in a number of different ways, including badges and alerts.
But you can also choose whether to show your message alerts on your lock screen, which means that you do not need to have the phone unlocked in order to see a message.
If you are the only person that uses your phone, then this setting is fine and probably, really convenient.
But if other people periodically check your phone and you want to keep the contents of your text messages hidden from anyone that can’t unlock your screen, then you need to stop showing alerts on the lock screen.
If you would like to know more about this notification setting, then our iPhone lock screen message article can provide that information.
Disable iPhone 5 Lock Screen Message Alerts
Your reasoning behind wanting to keep your message alerts locked up could be one of many possible options, but typically involves keeping sensitive information away from prying eyes. Whether you are texting with a relative about a Christmas gift for one of your children, or you are a teenager making plans that your parents might not approve of, there are a lot of reasons why you might want to force someone to know how to unlock your phone in order to read your messages. So continue below to learn how to get message alerts off your lock screen.
Step 1: Touch the Settings icon.
Step 2: Press the Notifications option.
Step 3: Tap the Messages option.
Step 4: Scroll to the bottom of the screen, then press the button to the right of View in Lock Screen to switch it from On to Off.
You can then exit this menu, confident in the fact that your message alerts will no longer be displaying on your lock screen.
Now that you know how to stop showing message alerts on your iPhone 5 lock screen, you can keep that information a little more private if there’s someone that might be able to see your lock screen.
You can configure many other options concerning the way that messaging is set up on your phone, including the keyboard sounds. Read this article to learn how to disable the keyboard sounds that play whenever you press a key.
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