iPhone Lock Screen Privacy And Security Tips

Because your friends and co-workers are nosy

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The iPhone lock screen has gone from having little to no useful information on it to becoming a virtual billboard for app notifications, alerts, and messages. Some of this information might be personal in nature. Sometimes you may not want everyone to be able to see this information such as when you leave your phone unattended on your desk at work or elsewhere.

Is there a way to still receive notifications without the world seeing them on your lock screen?

Let's look at what you can do to secure your unattended iPhone:

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 / password for your phone.

To Create a Complex Passcode / Password For Your iPhone, do The Following:

1. Tap the iPhone "Settings" icon from the home screen (grey gear icon).

2. Tap "General" from the settings menu.

3. From the "General" menu, scroll down to "Touch ID and Passcode". You may need to enter the current passcode if one is enabled in order to make it to the next screen.

4. Tap the switch icon next to the words "Simple Passcode" and set it to the "off" position. This will bring up a keyboard allowing you to set a strong password longer than 4-digits and will allow the use of alphanumeric and special characters as well.

Pick and Choose Which 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 from the home screen (grey gear icon).

2. Tap "Notification Center" and scroll down to the "include" section.

You will see a list of apps that offer notifications for display on the Notification Center available from the lock screen.

3. Tap the app that you want to limit notifications for.

4. Scroll down to the "Alerts" section of the apps notification sub menu. Turn the "Show in Notification Center" slider to the off position.

Keep Texts From Displaying On The Lock Screen By Disabling Text Preview

If you would rather not have the actual text someone has sent you appear for all to see on the lock screen, then you may want to disable the text preview option. Disabling text preview will still allow you to know when a text comes in, but the actual text itself will not be shown on the screen, instead you'll see a message that says "1 New Message". To disable Text Preview, perform the following:

1. Tap the iPhone "Settings" icon from the home screen (grey gear icon).

2. Tap "Notification Center" and scroll down to the "include" section. You will see a list of apps that offer notifications for display on the Notification Center available from the lock screen.

3. Tap the "Messages" app from the "include" section.

4. Scroll down to the "Show Preview" setting and set the slider switch to the off position.

Turn Off Notification Center's Access From Lock Screen's Setting

If you would prefer not to allow anyone who picks up your phone to be able to see all your notifications without knowing the passcode then you can simply turn off access to Notification Center from the lock screen by doing the following:

1. Tap the iPhone "Settings" icon from the home screen (grey gear icon).

2. Tap "Notification Center" and turn off the slider for "Notification View" from the "Access on Lock Screen" settings area.