As you must have noticed, iPhone displays a brief preview of the Message in New Message Notifications. If this bothers you, you can below the steps to Hide Text Messages on iPhone and prevent them from being seen by others.
Hide Text Messages on iPhone
Whenever a New iMessage or Text Message is received on iPhone, it immediately alerts you with a New Message Alert, which appears in the Notification Area and on the Lock Screen of your device.
In order to provide you with an idea about the content of incoming Message, iPhone shows a brief preview or selected content of the Message in the New Message Notification.
While this feature is really convenient, it also provides a good opportunity for people around you to guess your activities by taking a look at Message Previews appearing on your iPhone.
Depending on your privacy requirements, you can either totally disable Message Previews on iPhone or disable Message Previews on the Lock Screen, while allowing them in the Notification area.
1. Totally Hide Text Messages on iPhone
If you are using the default Messaging App, you can follow the steps below to totally prevent Text Message Preveiws from appearing on your iPhone.
Go to Settings > Notifications > Messages > on the next screen, tap on Show Previews option, located under ‘Options’ section.
On the next screen, select the Never option to totally disable iMessage and Text Message Previews on iPhone.
After this, you will no longer find iMessage or SMS Text Message Previews appearing in New Message Notifications. The New Message Notifications will only display the Name of the Sender.
2. Hide Text Messages on iPhone Lock Screen
This method prevents Text Message Previews from appearing on the Lock Screen of iPhone, while allowing them to appear in regular New Message Notifications, appearing in the Notification Area.
Go to Settings > Notifications > scroll down and tap on Messages.
On the next screen, uncheck the Lock Screen option located under “ALERTS” section by tapping on it.
After this, you will no longer find iMessage or Text Message Previews appearing on the Lock Screen of your device.