The default behavior for SMS messages on the iPhone is to show the sender and a preview, if not the entirety of their message to you. Your iPhone will either vibrate or play a ringtone to notify you of the incoming message. It will also light up, with the message being front and center. For many, this is convenient, having all of the relevant information at a glance. If your phone is on a conference table at work, perhaps a text message about your wild party isn’t such a great idea. Thankfully, that’s easily avoided should you follow our quick tip on how to turn off SMS preview on the iPhone. Updated: February 19th, 2015

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When Show Preview is set to ON, a preview of the message appears in alerts, banners and in notification center. With one setting, they can all be disabled.

  1. Navigate to Settings > Notifications
  2. Select Messages
  3. Toggle ‘Show Preview’ to OFF

Disable Message previews

As a result, you’ll still get a notification when you receive an incoming SMS or iMessage. However, it won’t contain a preview of the message. It will simply show you the sender of the message. You’ll need to open Messages in order to read the message. To turn off lock screen notifications of SMS messages, do the following:

  1. Navigate to Settings > Notifications
  2. Select Messages
  3. Set ‘View in Lock Screen’ to OFF

Whether you are in a business setting or maybe you have prying eyes in your home, the default SMS preview in iOS can share information that you might not want shared. With just a quick toggle, you can turn off SMS preview on iPhone. This will allow you to rest easy the day after that wild party, knowing that if you leave your iPhone out in public, your information is not out in front for everyone to see. Here are some other tips for maintaining privacy while text messaging.