iPhone X and iOS 11 bring a welcome change to iOS lockscreen notifications


The Apple iPhone X will only show lockscreen notifications with actual content when it knows you are the one who is watching and if it's somebody else, they will only see the notification source, but not the notification content itself (which might be sensitive).

The future also comes with iOS 11 to earlier iPhones, but it's slightly modified: since you do not have Face ID on those earlier models, you can go into settings and enable showing notifications with content / preview only when the device has been unlocked.


This replicates settings that have been implemented in Android notifications long time ago: you can set Android lockscreen notifications to appear with content on or with the content hidden, while the second option was up until now completely missing from iOS. What iOS did offer up until now was two options, which were either to show full lockscreen notifications with content or not show lockscreen notifications at all (to be perfectly exact, the feature was available in Mail and Messages, but nowhere else).

Here is how to manage lockscreen notifications in iOS 11 (keep in mind that you need to have entered a passcode and / or Touch ID or Face ID for this to work):

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22 Comments

1. ianneo

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 15, 2013

Still no grouping of notifications by app. The way iOS handles notifications is rubbish. Buggy, glitchy and while easy to get used to, extremely frustrating.

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Android has this feature since Lollipop, I believe. In all fairness, Android handles notifications much better than iOS. Oh well, G'Day!

12. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I don't remember in 7 or 8, but starting with iOS 9, these option has been in each app notification setting; iOS 11 just made it work globally.

10. bambamboogy02

Posts: 837; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

"Buggy and glitchy... easy to get used to... extremely frustrating" How is that even possible to get used? It's frustrating yet you just deal with it because of what? and Why? You paid money for a device that bugs you about something that is used a lot on your device. This is why I dislike IOS.

2. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

About time some notifications are private but more work needs to be done.

18. MickPaddy

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 12, 2017

They've been private for years.

3. gynorm

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

wow 15 years later....

5. Justlooking

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

Apple copies Android and it's news?

7. whatev

Posts: 2201; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Does android have this feature? Do android phones detect if you’re looking at the screen to selectively show notifications? I think not, read the article please

13. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Why not? It's news when it happens vice versa, and I'm actually surprised the author gave due credit to Android instead of just calling it a "new" feature in iOS...

19. MickPaddy

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 12, 2017

Yeah, you don't really understand what you're talking about.

6. nikhil23

Posts: 427; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

one step closer to Android

8. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2146; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I have to admit, Apple stole this feature from Google's OS, not Android.

9. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Wow, seems like Apple is 7 years behind jailbreak community

20. MickPaddy

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 12, 2017

Nope, been available for years.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hey cnour, others will follow.

14. Xilam unregistered

I can privatize what information is displayed in lock screen since iOS 7. How is this different? This is news regarding the face ID and that it displays info if it recognizes who looks at it. I don’t know any android phone that does this!

16. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

I don't know any Android that does either, because its stupid!

21. MickPaddy

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 12, 2017

Said the guy that doesn't understand it.

15. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Yeah, but now you have to open it to see what it is, which defeats the purpose of having it the other way. The point was to read the message without opening it. Now it's a 2 step process to do the same thing. I rather it be a truncated message where I can get an idea if I want to open it. Now you have no choice but too. DUMB!

22. MickPaddy

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 12, 2017

Missed the entire point of the article.

17. frustyak

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

Ever since the upgrade, when I clear one email notification (ios mail app, not gmail, inbox, etc), it clears them all. Frustrating as hell.

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