iOS 11: How to hide sensitive info in notification previews

We all love the ability to pick up our phone and see
notifications on the lock screen. It lets us know if those last
few alerts are something we need to act on, or if we can put
our phone back down and focus on what we were doing.

Notifications on the lock screen used to be a double-edged
sword. They’re convenient, but anyone could just pick up your
phone and see the content of your text messages or the start of
every email you receive.

Fortunately, iOS 11 has made it easy to have your cake and eat
it, too. You can show notifications on the lock screen but hide
the content of them until you unlock your device. That way, you
can still see if that buzzing from your phone is a new iMessage
or just Candy Crush without making your texts public to anyone
who cares to look.

Here’s how you hide the content of notifications on the lock
screen.

Hide content from all apps

If you want to hide the notification content from all your
apps, simply follow these steps.

1. Open Settings, then tap on Notifications.

2. At the top of the page, tap Show Previews.

3. Choose between Always, When Unlocked, and
Never.

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You can easily change notification preview settings for all
apps at once.

If you choose When Unlocked, you’ll see notification headers
only, so you can see which app they’re for, but no specific
information. Then, place your finger on the Touch ID sensor
(but do not press it) to unlock your phone and
see the notification details. On the iPhone X, this is the
default setting, as Face ID will automatically unlock your
phone and show notification details when you look at it.

Hide content from specific apps

You may not be concerned with notification content from many of
your apps, like games and streaming media services. If you just
want to hide notification content from some of your apps (like
messaging apps, email, and financial apps) you can change this
setting on an app-by-app basis.

1. Open Settings, then open the Notifications
section.

2. Tap on the app for which you want to change notification
settings.

3. Scroll down to the Options section, and tap on
Show Previews.

4. Choose between Always, When Unlocked, or
Never.

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If you only want to hide notification previews for specific
apps, iOS 11 lets you do that, too.

You can also disable an app from showing notifications on the
lock screen at all by flipping the Show on Lock Screen toggle
under the Alerts section.

Again, if you choose When Unlocked, you’ll need to
carefully engage Touch ID without pressing the home button to
take you to the home screen, if you want to see notification
previews. When Unlocked is the default on iPhone X,
but other iPhones default to Always.

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