How to Hide Sensitive Notifications from the Android Lock Screen

Being able to see your notifications on your lock screen can be convenient. You can see if it’s something important and if it’s worth unlocking your phone or not. But having this information on your lock screen also means you are at risk of sharing more information than you’d like to.

The information you can see on your lock screen may not always be sensitive, but the info on your lock screen is no one else’s business but yours. Hiding notifications from the lock screen does not require you to root your phone, and it’s easier than you think.

How to Remove Private Notifications from Your Android Lock Screen

To remove your sensitive information from your Android device’s lock screen you’ll need to open Settings. Swipe down from the top of your phone’s display and tap on the cog wheel. When you’re in Settings, select Lock screen and security, and tap on Notifications on the lock screen option.

If you only want to hide information from a particular app, just toggle off the button to the right for that app. To hide notifications from all apps, there’s a button you can toggle off right above the list of apps on your Android device.


There’s another way to remove app notifications from your lock screen. Tap on the Content on the lock screen option at the top and either choose from the “Hide content” or “Do not show notifications” options.

Where you find these options is going to depend on the device you have. For example, if you have a Nexus device, you’ll need to go to Settings followed by the “When device is locked” option. If you have an LG phone, you’ll need to look for something that says Lock Screen.

Another way to accomplish the same thing is to go to “Settings -> Applications -> Application manager -> (Name of the app here),” and once you have the app open, tap on Notifications. Here you can eliminate notifications altogether or just from your lock screen.


Hide Sensitive Information on Android Lollipop

Since there are Android devices that are still running Android Lollipop, here’s how to hide that content. Just like with your Android phone, swipe down from the display and tap on the cog wheel.

You’ll be taken to Settings where you’ll need to tap on Sound and Notifications. Towards the bottom you should see the “When device is locked” option.


Tap on it and three options should appear: Show all notification content, hide sensitive notification content, and don’t show notifications at all.¬†Just tap on the option you’re interested in, and it will be applied immediately.


If you have the tendency to leave your phone around where just about anyone can see its lock screen content, then it’s a good idea to eliminate such material.¬†Privacy is vital to many users, and following the above steps is a step in the right direction.

How much do you show on your phone’s lock screen? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Fabio Buckell

Just a simple guy that can't enough of Technology in general and is always surrounded by at least one Android and iOS device. I'm a Pizza addict as well.