How can I turn off the home screen preview of SMS/text messages?

How can I turn off the home screen preview of SMS/text messages?

You may not want to see the little preview of text messages that turn up on your home screen when a new text (SMS) message comes in. To turn this off, head to your iPhone settings and go to:

iOS 7/8 UPDATE: Turn off text message, SMS and iMessage previews in alerts, banners and Notification Center with the following setting:

Settings -> Notifications -> Messages -> Show Previews -> OFF (gray switch, NOT green)

Turning off 'Show Previews' will disable the text message preview on your iPhone.

You can also use this screen to set other parameters for alerts, including Alert Style.

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Thanks All - I spent a few days trying to work it out until I found this blog.

Can I also keep the caller's name from showing up?

Tisk Tisk...secretive texters. :-)

Speaking for myself....it's not being secretive. It's keeping personal life separate from work. I don't need co-workers seeing messages that pop up while my phone is on my desk. No secrets....just private.

Yes..go through same process and turn off View in lock screen

Yes go back into message settings and and turn off (View in lock screen)

thanks, all the other posts were wrong... I wonder if this is because of the new ios

thanks a million!! i was stuck trying to figure it out too! my messages were coming up for all to see and I couldnt fig out how to hide them.. thx again..

**** On new 4S!!*****(Different than 4 and 3 instructions)
Settings> Notifications> Messages> Preview On/Off

Thanks so much!!!! This is how it is done!!!!

Go to Settings, Notifications, Messages, Scroll down to Show Preview. This area will also give you other options for your text message alerts!! Good luck

Go to Settings, Notifications, Messages, Scroll down to Show Preview. This area will also give you other options for your text message alerts!! Good luck

go to settings, notifications, select messages and then select how you want them to appear.

On I0S 5 sofware
Go to settings -> notifications -> messages -> show preview off

Does anyone know how to turn off the text message alert and vibrate while youre on a phone call?

where is that "show sms preview"??? not in my settings!

i have the 4s and i cnat find that on the password lock the sms doesnt even show up

i dont have notifications in my settings; messages field.... what do i do?

So I figured with all the info given to turn off the little message that shows up! I'm wondering how to hide the name. When a text comes in I don't want the name showing, just for it to say text message! Help:p

It works.. Thanks Guys :-)

no such item as messages in general/notifications/messages

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you are wrong! you don't go to general da! if you gonna explain something say it right !

On an iphone 5 go to settings, notifications,messages and turn off NOTIFICATION CENTER. Also turn off show preview it will not show on a dark screen or the slide lock screen nor will it show on your home screen. It will show only on the message icon. 1 drawback is that it will still show if your screen is on....remember...top of screen....notification center OFF. That's the best you can do without an unlocked i5 and using an app such as blacklist... 5's are not unlockable as of today. 1/27/13
I know it sucks and should be better but that's the best I know of after hrs. Of messin

I think most everyone has missed the intention. Based on the technical experience level we have knowledge of.

The reply's can be confusing and not as straightforward as the reply intended.

As a result, the very first reply back in 2008 provided the correct answer. But you would have to have an above average knowledge of the operation of the iphone device to determine how to disable the banner, alert window, sender ID and preview.

The original question was; How can I turn off the home screen preview of SMS/text messages?.

I think the intent was to turn off the banner or alert window displayed when a message arrives.
If preview is on, the sender's ID and a few lines of the message is displayed in the banner or alert window when the message arrives.

If preview is turned off. The senders ID, (name or number), is displayed in the banner or alert window. Rather than a few lines of text.

To disable the banner or alert window on the home screen when the phone is locked or unlocked. Set the "Alert Style" to none.

This disables the banner or alert window when a message is received. You will see the message count increment on the message icon as messages are received. As well here a tone if "Text Tone" is set to a tone.

To turn off the tone when a message is received. Set "Text Tone to none. (Like when you're in a theater or a meeting).

Depending on the ios of the device and model. Depends where the banner or alert window settings are.

In ios6, Settings>Notification Center>Messages, gets you to this location. Here you can set what is displayed or rather what isn't displayed on the home screen or locked screen.

Note: You leave "Notification Center" "on", even on the iph5.

Hope this helps!

thanks!

yehey gotcha!

Just done this and it's worked, thank you

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