How to Stop Showing Email Previews on the iPhone Lock Screen

There are numerous notification settings that can be modified on your iPhone 5, and they are available for almost every app. Some apps, such as Mail, have even more notification settings than most.

If your iPhone is currently set up to display email message previews on the lock screen, then you may wish to stop this behavior so that others cannot see information about your email. Our article below will show you how to disable the email lock screen preview option for an email account on your device.


Disabling Email Previews on the Lock Screen

These steps were performed on an iPhone 5, in iOS 8.

The following steps will disable the preview for one email account. If you wish to disable this option for multiple accounts, then you will need to repeat these steps for each additional email account that is set up on your iPhone 5.


Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

open settings



Step 2: Scroll down and select the Notifications option.

open notifications menu



Step 3: Scroll down and select the Mail option.

select the mail option



Step 4: Select the email account for which you wish to disable previews.

select the email account



Step 5: Scroll to the bottom of the window and touch the button to the right of Show Preview to turn it off. You will know that email previews are turned off when there is no green shading around the button, as in the image below. If you would like to disable showing email alerts on the lock screen entirely, then you should also turn off the Show on Lock Screen option as well.

turn off the show preview option



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