Apple’s Notification Center is plenty useful, allowing for both app alerts and a today view that can include the date, weather, calendar events, stocks, reminders and more. It can include everything, but the kitchen sink, which may come in iOS 8. Having that information accessible can be advantageous. By default, the Notification Center can be accessed when your iPhone is locked or unlocked. In some cases, this presents a privacy problem. Without unlocking an iPhone, someone can swipe down from the lock screen, revealing personal information. For example, someone could view text messages, previews of emails (as shown below) and more. Here’s how to disable lock screen notifications and today view on iPhone.

iPhone lock screen notifications

Disable lock screen notifications on iPhone

  1. Navigate to Settings > Notification Center
  2. Scroll to Access On Lock Screen
  3. Toggle Notifications View to off (white)

Disable lock screen notifications

How to disable today view on lock screen

  1. Navigate to Settings > Notification Center
  2. Scroll to Access On Lock Screen
  3. Next to the Today View, toggle switch to ‘Off’ (white)

Tip: The choice to disable lock screen notifications is highly dependent upon who has access to your iPhone and the information that is typically available in the form of alerts. When it comes to privacy issues and concerns, it’s always a best practice to heir on the side of caution.

The Notification Center on iPhone can be incredibly useful. It packs plenty of information from both default and third party applications. Having access from the lock screen can also be advantageous, but opens up privacy risks. If you are concerned about your privacy, you can customize your notifications or disable notifications from your lock screen.