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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

iOS 11 has introduced a simple blanket solution for those who want to hide text previews for all of their apps at one time, bringing about a quick remedy for anyone concerned about privacy on iPhone and iPad. In previous iterations of iOS, you could only toggle the "Show Preview" notification setting on or off for select apps, and the feature was largely exclusive to a few of Apple's own first-party apps, like Messages.

With iOS 11, that option has extended to individual third-party apps, and Apple has now introduced an overarching "Show Previews" toggle for all apps installed on your iOS device.

Hiding Text Previews for All Apps on the iOS Lock Screen

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap "Notifications."
  3. Tap "Show Previews."
  4. Tap "When Unlocked."
With this setting turned on, every app that you have notifications enabled for will appear on the Lock Screen, but without the actual content of the notification displayed. You can quickly make that content appear with a simple press (but not tap) of your finger on Home Button to activate Touch ID, unlocking your device and confirming it's you who wants to read the various messages.

If you choose "Never" in the same area of Show Preview settings, these notification previews won't show notification content even when the iPhone or iPad is unlocked.

Preview notifications hidden (left), and then shown after the iPhone is unlocked (right)

The same options are also available for each individual app, allowing for more granular control over your notification privacy settings in iOS 11. If you don't want the same setting for all of your apps, visit Settings > Notifications > scroll to the desired app > and then scroll to the bottom of the app's notification page to find Show Preview settings for that specific app.

Article Link: How to Hide Text Previews for Every App Notification on iOS 11's Lock Screen


macrumors 65816
Oct 10, 2014
Still waiting for a All On / All Off toggle for every app setting in settings. 265 GB devices hold way to many apps to be doing things an app at a time in a list. At least let us select that we want most X (notifications, whatever) on or off and then we can change the few exceptions individually.
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macrumors 6502a
Jun 17, 2013
“Never” will prevent my reading notifications while streaming, say, Live Media Player to my Apple TV from my phone. You know, like Apple TV should do things in the first place?


macrumors 68000
Aug 11, 2003
Thanks for pointing this out as it's a bit obscure compared to other iOS 11 changes, love this new feature.


macrumors member
May 9, 2007
Fantastic. Now the 2-step authentication pins I request from Google and other sites won't show up right on the damn lock screen in the first line of an SMS message for any fool to harvest without even cracking my device. Too bad I'm never going to update my 6 Plus to IOS 11 because of all the 32-bit apps I'm still using. :rolleyes: #FirstWorldProbs.


macrumors Sandy Bridge
Oct 17, 2011
I would like to see an option to "not show any notifications while this app is in use", to prevent notifications from getting in the way of certain games while playing.
That's more or less enabling Do Not Disturb basically
I would rather having an option to remove notifications history from popping up on a locked home screen.
I believe there's the option to disable "recent notifications" on the lock screen in Touch ID and passcode settings.


macrumors 68020
Nov 23, 2007
That's more or less enabling Do Not Disturb basically
I believe there's the option to disable "recent notifications" on the lock screen in Touch ID and passcode settings.

Ooh, it's in the TouchID and Passcode settings. Thank you! MacRumors should do a quick tip video on this!
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