Hi everyone :-),

I hope you’re good.

Over the past few days, we have been asked by a few of our users how to switch off notifications so that they are not visible on their screen when their phone is locked. By default, all notifications that come into your Android, whether they are WhatsApp notifications, banking updates, email messages etc are visible on your Android screen even when your phone is locked.

This means that anybody can read your notifications without having your device’s passcode or Pin. They can see your latest messages, your latest bank balance and information from any other applications you have on your screen. This is not very good!

Thankfully, there is a way to hide notifications when your phone is locked. You will be able to see that there is a notification but you will not be able to read the notification unless you enter your password. Setting it up is very easy to do.

Just follow these instructions:

  • Tap on the “Settings” icon on your Android device.
  • Scroll down and select “Apps & notifications” or just “Notifications,” depending on your Android version.
  • If you went through “Apps & notifications,” you’ll see another “Notifications” option. Tap on it.
  • Look for an option that says “On the lock screen” or “Lock screen.”
  • Here, you will typically find several options:
  • Show all notification content”
  • Hide sensitive notification content”
  • Don’t show notifications at all”
  • If you want to hide all notifications, select “Don’t show notifications at all.” If you want to only hide sensitive content, choose “Hide sensitive notification content.”
  • Simply go back or exit the settings app. The changes should now be applied.

Note: these instructions might vary from device to device, or based on the version of Android you are running. If you encounter any problems with these instructions please let me know and I can give you more specific instructions based on your device type and operating system version.

That’s it! You have now secured your device further so that nobody can read your sensitive notifications without your passcode 🙂

All the best,

Max 🙂