Keep your Notifications for your eyes only (Private)

Has this happened to you? You’re out and about with friends, and a text message (or iMessage) & mail hits your iPhone. Being a serious iPhone user and Tweeter, of course, you’ve left your iPhone out on the tabletop. Unfortunately, the text message that shows up on your screen isn’t very flattering to the friend/girl friend sitting immediately to your left. She sees it, gets upset, storms off. Nobody wins.

Selena Gomez love Dheeraj,

With a quick trip to Settings, however, you can prevent this tale of tears and keep your iMessages for your eyes only.

Here’s How

Step 1 Hop onto your iPhone or iPad or iPod touch and launch the Settings app with a tap.

Settings under general tab in iPhone

Step 2 Tap on Notifications, and you will see a complete list of app currently under notifications.

apps under settings tab in iPhone

Step 3then scroll down to the required app like Message/Mail/IM & Tap on it you will see a complete notification option available for you.

Notification option available under iPhone

Step 4 Toggle Show Preview Tap this OFF.

Tap off to Show Preview under notification settings

Now, when a message shows up, it will just show who it’s from, not what they said. Which, you know, could be handy.

Selena Send Message to Dheeraj, Selena send message to dheeraj through iMessage
If you don’t even want to see that much, toggle the View in Lock Screen to OFF as well, and they won’t pop up in the lock screen, though if you’re using your device, and have the banners and notification sounds ON, you’ll get them. Just not in the Lock Screen.

Toggle to not to show in Lock Screen under iPhone

This should help you avoid a lot of potentially embarrassing situations created by the ubiquity of communications that we are all starting to take for granted. Or at least keep your private messages to yourself.

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