How Do I Stop Texts From Popping Up on My iPhone?

By Steve Gregory

The Messages section of iOS’s Notification Center Settings menu has the settings to manage your iPhone’s Show Preview feature for text messages. The feature is enabled by default and automatically displays the content of text messages on your iPhone’s screen as they arrive. Although it is a convenient way to view your iMessages and text messages, the feature is a potential privacy risk because anyone within reading distance of your iPhone can also see your messages. Disabling the Show Preview feature hides the content of a text message but still displays the name of the sender.

Step 1

Select the "Settings" icon on the Home screen of your iPhone.

Step 2

Tap "Notification Center" from the Settings menu.

Step 3

Scroll down the screen and tap "Messages."

Step 4

Slide the "Show Preview" switch to the "Off" position.

Tips & Warnings

  • To prevent any messages from appearing on your iPhone Lock screen, open the Messages screen, then slide the "Show on Lock Screen" switch to the "Off" position.
  • If you prefer to completely stop all message alerts from displaying, open the Messages screen, and then select "None" in the Alert Style section.
  • Information in this article applies to iOS 7. Instructions may vary slightly or significantly with other versions of the operating system.