Being able to check out notifications on your lock screen can be convenient. This way you can see at a glance if it’s something important and determine whether 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. Here we show you how to hide notifications on your Android lock screen.
The details visible on your lock screen may not always be sensitive, but beyond everything, this info is no one else’s business but yours. A convenient method to keep your data private would be to hide notifications from the lock screen. This does not require that you root your phone, and it’s easier than you think.
How to Hide All Notifications from Your Android Lock Screen
To remove your sensitive information from your Android device’s lock screen, you’ll need to open Settings. Depending on your phone model, you may have to take slightly different routes to open the Settings app.
On a OnePlus phone (with Android 10), for example, swipe down from the top of your phone’s display and tap on the cog wheel. When you’re in Settings, select “Apps & Notifications,” and from there tap on Notifications.
Next, select Notifications on the lock screen and select the “Don’t show notifications” option from the menu that pops up.
If you’re are on a Huawei phone with Android 10, then go to “Settings -> Notifications -> Lock screen notifications.”
Tap on this option and select “Do not show” from the menu that appears. In both cases, this will trigger a total wipe-out of notifications on the lock screen.
Alternatively, on the Huawei models you can go for the “Show but hide contents” option so that you can still get notified when someone sends a text, for example, but without any private content leaking through.
How to Disable Notifications on Lockscreen for Select Apps
You may not want to hide all notifications coming in. For most users, it’s more than enough to only hide notifications coming from sensitive apps, like WhatsApp or Facebook.
In order to do that, those with a OnePlus phone can head to “Settings -> Apps & Notifications -> See All Apps.”
From the list of apps, select the one that you are targeting and tap on Notifications. Turn off the “Show notification” toggle option at the top. Just bear in mind that doing this means the app will stop sending any notifications whatsoever. Therefor, you won’t be able to see them in the notification bar either.
Other phone models boast more granular controls. For example, on a Huawei phone with Android 10 installed, you can go to “Apps -> All Apps” and select the app you want from the list.
Some social apps like WhatsApp or Instagram send out a myriad of notifications, and on the app page they will appear grouped by type, such as Call or Group notifications.
Find and tap on Message notifications, and from there tap on Lock screen notifications. Select “Do not show” from the menu, and your lockscreen should now be free of any WhatsApp message notifications, while notifications from other apps or even other WhatsApp notifications should continue to come through.
Even older phones can offer similar options. For instance, a Samsung handset running Android 7.0 Nougat allows users to turn off notifications on the lockscreen for individual apps in a simple way. Go to “Settings -> Lockscreen and security -> Notifications.”
You’ll notice the first option – Content on lockscreen – is set to “Show content.” Leave it like that and simply select the apps from the list below for which you don’t want to see notifications on the lockscreen. Toggle it off and you’re done! You won’t see any notifications on your lockscreen from that particular app.
If you have the tendency to leave your phone lying around, then it is a good idea to hide notifications on your Android phone lock screen. Privacy is vital to many users, and following the above steps will protect any sensitive information from prying eyes.
If you want to continue fine-tuning your notification experience, find out how you can view your notification history on Android or how to see your Android notifications on your Windows 10 desktop.