iOS insider | how to find your Zen & Hide text messages
By default, your iPhone shows your SMS texts and iMessages on the lock screen whether you have Touch ID or a passcode setup on your device. For most people, this isn't a big deal and therefore they don't alter the setting.
However, it can actually be a major privacy or security issue, especially for banking, personal messages, work information, and other confidential content.
For one thing, you never know what kind of text you'll receive and who might happen to see it.
With the default settings, anyone who is within eyesight of your phone can read messages when they arrive because your phone will light up and display it.
If they can physically touch the phone, they can not only read messages, but actually reply to them - directly from the lock screen. This is true even if you have Touch ID or a pass code enabled!
1. Update your show previews setting
● The first setting you can change is Show Previews, which will probably be enough for most people.
● Go to Settings, then Notifications, and tap on Messages.
● Scroll down to the bottom and you'll see an option called Show Previews.
● Tap the little toggle button so that it is no longer green.
Now when you get a text or iMessage from someone, you will only see the name of the sender and not the message.
Note that when you hide previews, you can no longer reply to the message from the lock screen, even if that option is enabled.
This makes sense - after all, how can you reply to a message you can't see?
2. Show on Lock Screen
For those who want even more privacy and security, you can also go to Notifications > Messages again and turn off a couple of more items.
The next step would be to disable the Show on Lock Screen option. When you receive a message now, not even a notification will show up on the lock screen.
Instead, the phone will either make the notification sound or vibrate if you have it on silent.
When you unlock your phone, a banner will show up across the top showing you the new messages. You'll also still be able to see how many new messages have arrived because of the badge app icon.
3. Disable Badge App Icon
Still not enough? For maximum security, it's time to disable Badge App Icon; this disables the notification sound and disables messages in the notification center.
If you do that, you won't even know when you have received a new message, but neither will anybody else.
You'll have to manually open the Messages app to see any new messages. That's probably a bit much, even if you want more privacy and security.
A good balance is to turn off Show Previews and to enable a passcode. That way you will still know when new messages arrive, but can only see them after you unlock your phone.
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