Only Show the Name or Number for a Text Message on the iPhone

We have written about how to set a passcode on your iPhone, which is an important step towards securing your device from people that shouldn’t be looking at your phone. But you might have a setting enabled on your iPhone where a preview of a text message is shown on your lock screen. While this is meant to be helpful, it can allow anyone with access to your phone to view that preview, as they do not need to unlock the device to see it.

So if you are worried about keeping the information contained within your text messages a secret, then you can follow our guide below to learn how to stop showing these text message previews on your iPhone’s lock screen.


Stop Displaying Text Message Previews on the iPhone Lock Screen

This tutorial is going to change the notification settings on your iPhone so that only the contact name or the phone number (if the sender of the message is not a contact) will be displayed on your lock screen when you receive a text message.  It will also change this behavior if you receive banner notifications at the top of your screen as well.


Step 1: Touch the Settings icon.

open the settings menu



Step 2: Select the Notification Center option.

open the notification center settings



Step 3: Scroll down and select the Messages option.

select the messages option



Step 4: Scroll down and touch the button to the right of Show Preview to turn it off. There will not be any green shading around the button when it is turned off, as in the image below.

how to stop showing text message previews on the iphone lock screen



Is your phone running a little slow, or are you low on space? Check out our guide for deleting items on the iPhone to learn how you can free up some space on your device. newsletter

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