How to Hide Notifications on Your Android Lock Screen

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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, but 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 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 notification is the same for most tablets and smartphones running stock Android, which includes Pixel phones, and some models from HTC, Motorola, Nokia, and Xiaomi:

  1. Open your device's Settings.

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

  3. Tap Notifications.

  4. Tap On lock screen.

    Tap On lock screen in the lock screen preferences to hide your notifications.
  5. Tap Don't show notifications at all or Hide sensitive content.

    In older versions, the latter option may not be available. On non-Pixel smartphones, it may say Hide all notifications or Hide sensitive notification content.

  6. Repeat the steps above and tap Show all notification content to make them visible again.

    Lock screen notification settings on Google Pixel XL

Another method to access these options on stock Android phones is to navigate to Settings > Security & location > Lock screen preferences > On lock screen. This process varies depending on your phone's make and model, but smartphones that don't run stock Android from Huawei, LG, and OnePlus still have the options above.

How to Hide Lock Screen Notifications on Samsung and HTC

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

  1. Go to Settings.

  2. Tap Lock screen and security.

  3. Tap Notifications.

  4. Tap Content on lock screen.

  5. Tap Do not show notifications or Hide content.

    Samsung notification settings screen

On newer Samsung smartphones, the process is the same, but the options read Hide content and Notification icons only. On older HTC phones not running stock Android, you must go to 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. In many cases, you can adjust individual app settings, which will override the default setting you selected above.