how to avoid intrusive displays on the locked screen?

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iOS can display different information on the iPhone screen, even when it is locked. This can range from weather information to various notifications from various apps, including Messages. But some prefer discretion: it can then be important to know how to control the visible information despite the lock by code, Touch ID or Face ID. Here are the settings to know to avoid unwanted leaks concerning your privacy.

Block the display of messages

By default, messages are not fully displayed in their notifications on the lock screen. But if this is the case, if for example in the past you have mistakenly enabled full display on lock screen, it means that anyone can preview the message without having to unlock the iOS device. To prevent these message previews from appearing on the locked screen, do the following:

  • Go to Settings> Notifications
  • Find the “Messages” app
  • Go down to the “Show previews” option and change it to “Never” or “If unlocked”

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Prevent rapid response

It is possible to reply to a message without even unlocking the iPhone, which can be handy for sending a short reply to an important message. But that can obviously leave the possibility for anyone to answer anything. To remove this quick response feature, here is the process:

  • Go to Settings> Touch ID and passcode, for iPhone with Touch ID, or in Settings> Face ID and code, for iPhone with Face ID
  • Find the tab “Allow access in locked mode”
  • Deactivate the “Reply by message” option
Lock screen SMS reply

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Limit notifications and other app access

Apart from the issue of iMessage and other SMS or MMS, the settings allow you to precisely manage which apps can show notifications on the lock screen. To configure and limit the notifications that you want to keep private:

  • Go to Settings> Notifications
  • Choose the app to manage, WhatsApp in our example
  • In the “Alerts” tab, uncheck the “Lock screen” option
Lock screen notifications

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To know

Remember that the locked screen leaves access to various Apple apps by default, including Siri, Home or Wallet. To configure this:

  • Go to Settings> Touch ID and passcode, for iPhone with Touch ID, or in Settings> Face ID and code, for iPhone with Face ID
  • Find the tab “Allow access in locked mode”
  • Disable desired features to remove access from the locked screen
Siri and Home lock screen

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This is enough to perfect his settings concerning the security of his iOS device and the protection of his privacy. Not everyone will necessarily need to configure these locks, but for others, it is worth knowing!

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