Setting to show text (sms) notification on lock screen but not message content

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by vexorg, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. vexorg macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2009
    Just about every phone I have will give a notification of a new text while locked. I know the iphone goes one step further shows a preview and who it's from.

    For privacy reasons (work and personal) I might not want people to see who is texting me or what it says. I would like a simple message saying "2 new messages", or "1 missed call" on the lock screen, so I do not have to unlock it every time to check.

    How do I do this?
  2. Jare, Feb 20, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2012

    Jare macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2010
    Go into Messages -> "Show Preview" turn that OFF. If you're on iOS 5, go under Notifications -> Messages -> Show Preview -> OFF. Then from now on it'll say something like:

    Bob Boberson
    (2) Text Message(s)

    Instead of:

    Bob Boberson
    This has a preview! :O
    This is a second message! :O

  3. 0071238 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2011
    Even if you turn off show preview, if you have your messages set to be listed in "Notifications", it'll show the details of the message in Notifications. I was messing around with this yesterday and couldn't find a way to make it NOT show the details of the message in Notification Center. The only thing I could think to do was turn Notification Center off. Bummer.

    "Show Preview" off just makes the little pop up window say "Text message" or something like that. So it does a good job of keeping the message private. But the actual details of the message will still show in Noritication Center.

    Unless I'm totally overlooking a setting?
  4. barredfreak macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2012
    I don't know why people don't read their notifications immediately to clear their Notification Center. Maybe it's just me. Oh well.

    Apple should be fixing that in iOS 5.1. Hey, why not just tell them about it? ;)

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