How to Hide Notifications on Your Android Lock Screen

Shield your sensitive info on Android 7.0 (Nougat), 8.0 (Oreo), and 9.0 (Pie)

Android screen showing app update notifications and a weather alert

Notifications appearing on your lock screen can be convenient, but also potentially embarrassing if someone else sees them. Luckily, you can hide notifications from your lock screen on your Android device so that everything is for your eyes only.

Instructions in this article apply to smartphones and tablets running Android 9.0 (Pie), 8.0 (Oreo), 7.0 (Nougat) and Android 6.0 (Marshmallow). Some steps may vary depending on the device manufacturer and model.

How to Hide Lock Screen Notifications on Stock Android

Android smartphones usually have three options for locking screen notifications: show all, show none, or hide sensitive notification content. The last option means you can see which app the notification is for, but not its contents, thereby protecting your privacy and letting you know whether it's worthwhile to unlock your phone.

The process for hiding notifications varies a bit depending on the Android device but generally goes like this:

  1. Open Settings > General.

  2. Tap Apps & notifications (or Sound & notifications in older versions of Android).

    General tab and Apps & Notifications in Android settings
  3. Tap Notifications > Lock screen.

  4. Tap Hide sensitive notifications only or Hide all notifications.

    And Android phone with the Lock Screen and Hide Notifications options highlighted
  5. To make notifications visible again, repeat the steps above and tap Show all notifications.

How to Hide Lock Screen Notifications on Samsung and HTC

For some Samsung phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S6:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Tap Lock screen.

  3. Tap Notifications.

    Settings > Lock Screen > Notifications on an Android phone
  4. Tap Hide content or Notification icons only.

  5. To hide or show notifications from specific apps, scroll down and tap Show notifications from.

  6. Tap the switches to toggle notifications for individual apps.

    Notifications settings on an Android phone

On older HTC phones not running stock Android, you must select Settings > Sound & notification > When device is locked to access these options. If none of these methods work, try searching lock screen in the Settings app.