iPhone Lock Screen Privacy and Security Tips

Keep your notifications private


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The iPhone lock screen has gone from having little useful information on it to becoming a virtual billboard for app notifications, alerts, and messages. Some of this information might be personal, and you probably don't want someone who is standing next to you to see it. If you leave your iPhone unattended at your desk, anyone can see your notifications.

There is a way to receive notifications without the world seeing them on your lock screen. The first thing is to create and use a strong passcode for your iPhone's lock screen.

Use a Strong Passcode on Your Lock Screen

One of the most important things you can do to secure your phone while you're away from it is to implement a passcode—not just the 4-digit kind either. If you want serious security, you need to set a strong passcode for your phone.

How to Create a Complex Passcode for Your iPhone

  1. Tap the iPhone Settings icon on the home screen.
  2. Scroll to Touch ID & Passcode (or Passcode). You'll need to enter the current passcode if one is enabled to make it to the next screen.
  3. Tap Change Passcode and enter your existing passcode again.
  4. Tap the switch icon next to Simple Passcode and set it to the off position. This action brings up a keyboard you use to input a strong passcode longer than four digits. It allows the use of alphanumeric and special characters.

Pick the Apps You Want to Display Lock Screen Notifications

You can choose which apps you want to appear on the notifications screen and hide the ones you don't want visible. Here's how:

  1. Tap the iPhone Settings icon on the home screen.
  2. Tap Notifications. You will see a list of apps that offer notifications for display in the Notification Center available from the lock screen.
  3. Tap the app that you want to limit notifications for.
  4. In the Alerts section, use the slider next to Show on Lock Screen slider to turn on the feature.
  5. Return to the Notifications screen by tapping Notifications in the upper left corner of the screen.
  6. Repeat the process with every app in the list to either turn on or off its ability to display on the locked home screen.

Turn Off Notification Center Access on Lock Screen

If you would prefer not to allow anyone who picks up your phone to see your notifications, turn off access to Notification Center from the lock screen by doing the following:

  1. Tap the iPhone Settings icon on the home screen.
  2. Tap Notifications and move the slider next to Allow Notifications to the off position.