You have probably noticed that whenever you receive a notification on your iPhone or iPad, it is displayed with a preview even when your screen is set to “off.” While this is a useful feature if you don’t want to unlock your device to view a notification every time you receive one, it’s not such a good thing if anyone can see private messages and email when you’re not near your device.

iPhone Lock Screen Notification

A threat to privacy

Personally, I value my privacy and deem this as a potential threat to it. However, there is a way to disable notifications from being displayed on a turned-off display in iOS 10. The solution is a simple one, and in a few minutes, you will be safe in the knowledge that no one can read your notifications without your permission.

How to disable notification previews on your lock screen on iOS 10

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iOS 10 device.

Tap the Settings app on iPhone

Step 2: Find and tap Notifications, and then Messages.

Step 3: Look for the option called Show Previews and switch it off.

Step 4: Find and tap on Notifications. You will find it in the top-left corner of the display. This will bring you back to the notification settings.

Step 5: Next, you need to disable the previewing of emails on the lock screen. To do this, tap on Mail, and then select the email account you have set up on your iPhone or iPad.

Turn off Mail notifications in Settings

Step 6: Now you need to find Show Previews and switch it off.

And that is it. You have now put a stop to notifications appearing on your lock screen while you are away from your device and put the control of your privacy back into your own hands.

Do you have any tips about privacy for iPhone and iPad users? Share them in the comments section below.