You can control which notifications appear on your phone’s lock screen. We show you how to keep private messages private on Android.
Bring up notifications when your Android phone is locked can be very useful if you are waiting for a message or forget to make an appointment. But, on another occasion, maybe when you try to hide a surprise birthday party from someone in your house, having a random time and date appear, filled with pings to attract their attention, can ruin the event. So here’s how to control your notifications and decide when or whether they appear on your lock screen.
How to turn off all notifications on the Android lock screen
It’s easy to prevent displaying notifications on your lock screen, because Android has settings related to this field. While variations on ‘skins’ or interface overlays on Android can mean that the exact route to find them is different, you should be able to access the features by going to Settings and then looking in the Notification or Lock Screen section.
For example, as you can see below, on the Samsung Galaxy S9 you open the Settings application, tap the Lock Screen and then Notifications.
After you access the Lock Screen Notification area, you will see a toggle switch to turn it on or off. If you don’t want notifications at all, use this switch. You should only want to hide the contents of the message, but still want to be notified when it appears, then there is also a way to achieve this.
How to hide notification content on an Android lock screen
Stay on the same page, scroll down until you see the Hide content option. Activating this will stop your message and other warnings appear on the screen for everyone to see. There is also a View Style option that can give you a choice of only the icons for the applications that appear. Again, this will vary from cellphone to cellphone, but the principles must remain true, so look for options that have the same title.
After you set everything up, try asking a friend to send you a few messages and test each setting or combination until you find one that provides the combination of privacy and practice you need. You don’t want to try it for the first time when you are in danger of letting the cat out of the bag at the surprise event.
For more ways to get the most out of devices powered by Google, read the 10 Best Android tips & tricks.