iMessage Preview: ON or OFF?

Discussion in 'iOS 10' started by s2mike, Jul 11, 2016.


Do you have iMessage Preview turned ON or OFF?

  1. On

    69 vote(s)
  2. Off

    34 vote(s)
  1. s2mike macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2015
    I've always had iMessage Preview turned off because I don't want people seeing the content on my messages if they glance at my screen when a message comes in.

    However, I really love that you can reply to texts through the lock screen with iOS 10...but that only works when iMessage Preview is turned on.

    Gonna try keeping the preview turned ON for a few days to see how much I like the convenience of the lock screen reply, but just wanted to poll this place to see what the general consensus was.
  2. TurboPGT! Suspended

    Sep 25, 2015
    You know, certain widgets in iOS 10 have locked & unlocked views, showing less sensitive content until you Touch ID unlock. I was thinking Notifications should adopt this and optionally show previews only when unlocked.
  3. leo.andres.21 macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2008
    Centre of the Attention
    In iOS 9, I turn off message preview on my phone. But when I swipe down for the NC, I can see the content of the message there once I unlocked the phone, but it just says 'iMessage' when locked. Does it work like this in iOS 10?
  4. CaptMarvel macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2014
    North Carolina
    I hate wandering eyes, so as tempting as it is to turn previews on to allow for responding from the lock screen, I still have it off. I even have a privacy screen on my iPhone but that still won't deter someone 100%, like dude, mind your beeswax! :eek:
  5. eoblaed macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    I've always left it on. Let's me see what the message is straight away without having to dive into things.
  6. Farsider macrumors 6502


    Jul 30, 2014
    London, UK
    I leave iMessage Preview off and when a message comes in, I unlock the phone using TouchID, then 3D touch the notification and can read/respond to it there.

    You don't need to turn Preview Message on for this to work.
  7. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010

    Can't imagine any way anybody else looks at my phone anyway
  8. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    definitely off I am part of a group chat with my friends and they are constantly sending NSFW images which come up in the preview on the lock screen if I were to have it on. Last thing I need is to have my phone sitting on my desk at work with a co-worker standing there and one of those images come through on my lock screen.

    I am using iOS 10 though so I just do what @Farsider said when a message comes in I rest my finger on the touch id to unlock the phone without going to the home screen, then 3D touch the message and reply from the lock screen.
  9. s2mike thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2015
    Good call. This is what I've been doing too.
  10. rijc99 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 27, 2015
    FEMA Region 9
    Keep in mind that many 2 factor authentication verification services use a code sent to your phone as the second factor. Same as many temporary/forgotten/reset password services. So you need to decide what works for you.
  11. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    "ON." My phone is never publicly available, and it's an added convenience for me.
  12. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    You could similarly reply with the phone locked in iOS 9 (or even 8) as well.
  13. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    How does this work in iOS 9? I could never get it to work with previews turned off..... whenever I would slide to reply the popup for my passcode would come up which would prompt me to touch ID and unlock the phone sending me in to the message app.
  14. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    It works with preview turned on (as was being described in the OP).
  15. nburwell macrumors 68040


    May 6, 2008
    I have it set to off. Not that I get any sensitive texts, but I don't want a co-worker walking by my desk looking at my text messages.
  16. btrach144 macrumors 65816


    Aug 28, 2015
    I mean I guess having to login to your phone adds a third layer of security but why would you be requesting 2 factor codes if you don't have possession of your phone? I always make sure I have my phone in hand before I request the code. This allows me to comfortably keep iMessage preview on.
  17. Alonso Quijano macrumors 6502

    Alonso Quijano

    Jul 17, 2013
    Off. Reading messages quickly is what my Apple Watch is for.
  18. rijc99, Jul 14, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2016

    rijc99 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 27, 2015
    FEMA Region 9
    But what happens if someone were to steal your phone or gain access to it, they may try to reset a password. Or log in to something. (Not likely to happen. But you never know.) Preview off would prevent them from access to the 2nd factor code or reset/temp code.

    Its a trade off between security and convenience.

    If I weren't worried about security I would turn my phone password off and use the authy widget.
  19. DomC macrumors 6502


    Jul 28, 2010

    And I wish I had the choice for preview/no preview for all apps. For instance Gmail gives a multi-line preview for every email without the option to turn off. So instead of just a notification that Mail uses:


    For Gmail is would be:

    Subject • Your current test for the painful itch you described has been diagnosed as…..

    I want notifications, I just don’t want the info they contain exposed. I've posted this on the Apple bug site since iOS7 as Feature Request, Bug, etc. but apparently they see no privacy issues here. Posted to Google too, but that seems useless.

    At least Messages gives me an option.
  20. matthewkemph macrumors newbie


    Jul 14, 2016
    Washington, D.C.
    I honestly didn't even know you could turn this on/off.
    I am glad the default is OFF.
    I'm more concerned about malware or something loading when pulling the preview in to display.
  21. Feenician macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2016
    That's an unwarranted concern. I'm pretty sure there's never been a malware concern viewing email previews, or even full emails on iOS. Even on some chance there has been, I really wouldn't worry about that.
  22. BeeGood macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2013
    Lot 23E. Somewhere in Georgia.
    I keep it on, but I understand the argument for turning it off. I don't really leave my phone lying out in the open that often and I don't get a lot of texts that are sensitive.
  23. zhaoxin macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2015
  24. unclesam01 macrumors member

    Dec 18, 2015
    I have it off on my iPhone with iOS 10 but have it ON on my Apple Watch. Only I can read the messages in my watch.

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