How to Show Missed Text Messages on the iPhone Lock Screen

The Messages app on your iPhone can be configured to display and notify you of your new messages in a lot of different ways. One of the options for new message notifications is to have them displayed on your lock screen. This is convenient when you are doing something else, like working on your computer with your phone next to you, and you want to be able to glance down and see who sent the text without unlocking the device.

But this option can be turned on or off, so that behavior might not be occurring on your iPhone. Our short tutorial below will instruct you on where to go to find this setting and turn it back on so that your iPhone is once again showing missed text messages on your lock screen.

Display Text Messages as Alerts on the iPhone’s Lock Screen

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 8. Exact instructions and screen images may vary slightly for earlier versions of iOS.

Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

open the settings menu

2: Select the Notifications option.

open the notifications menu

Step 3: Tap the Messages option.

select the messages option

Step 4: Touch the button to the right of Show on Lock Screen. You will know that it is turned on when there is green shading around the button, as in the image below.

turn on the show on lock screen option

Step 5: If you would also like to display a preview of the text message, then scroll down and tap the button to the right of Show Previews. This will display a fragment of the text message along with the missed text message alert.

turn on the show previews option

While many of the notifications that you need to change are found on the Notifications menu, you may need to go other places for additional ones. The Find My app has some of its own notifications, such as when you leave your AirPods behind.

Is there a phone number or contact that keeps sending you text messages or calling you, and you would like to prevent that? This article will show you how to start blocking callers on your iPhone.

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