How to Customize iPhone Lock Screen Notifications

Keep your notifications private with these tips

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Are iPhone lock screen notifications driving you nuts? You can customize or even hide the sensitive information that these notifications sometimes display.

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

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 four-digit kind, either. If you want serious security, you need to set a strong passcode for your phone. Even that might not keep an app from popping up with a notification that others could see, however.

Turn Lock Screen Notifications on or off

You can choose which apps you want to appear on the notifications screen and hide those you don't want to be 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 for which you want to set notifications.

  4. In the Alerts section, use the slider next to Show on Lock Screen slider to turn on the feature. (If you want to turn the notification off instead, be sure the slider is set to the Off position.)

  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.

    Three iOS screenshots showing Notifications, Allow Notifications and Show on Lock Screen options

    Turn off Siri Access From the Lock Screen

    Siri is handy when easily accessible. Even though many commands for Siri require Touch ID or passcode from the lock screen, you might just want to shut her off so she can't show anything on that screen. To do that, follow these steps:

  7. Launch Settings from the Home screen.

  8. Tap Siri & Search.

  9. Slide Allow Siri When Locked to the Off position.

    Two iOS screenshots showing Siri & Search and Allow Siri When Locked toggle

    If you decide to turn Siri back on, just follow those steps and select the On position instead.

    Turn off Notification Center Previews on Lock Screen

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

  10. Tap the iPhone Settings icon on the home screen.

  11. Tap Notifications and then Show Previews.

  12. Tap Never to make sure notification previews do not appear on the lock screen.

    Two iOS screenshots showing Notifications and Previews set to Never