Hide Mail from the Lock Screen in iOS
Notification Center in iOS makes it easier than ever to see when new messages and mail comes in to your device, but if you receive sensitive or private emails on your iPhone or iPad, you may not want them showing up on the lock screen at all. If you’d rather not see any alert or notification showing up on the lock screen of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can make a quick settings adjustment to hide them completely.
Here is how to hide email from showing on the iOS lock screen completely:
- Open “Settings” and then tap on “Notifications” (labeled as “Notification Center” in iOS 7 and newer)
- Tap on “Mail”, select the email account you want to hide the mail messages from, and scroll to the bottom to the “View in Lock Screen” option, slide that adjuster to OFF
This will stop all aspects of new mail arrivals from showing up on the lock screen, including the email sender, subject, and body preview – there will be no email alerts on the lock screen at all.
If you want to disable the notifications from appearing at the top of the screen as well as preventing them from showing up in Notification Center, you’ll need to select the “None” option in the three side-by-side options at the top of that same settings screen.
Using this setting is a good option for added privacy, but it’s also handy if you’re just not interested in seeing notifications on your lock screen every time a new email comes in.
For those who had this disabled to begin with, you can obviously reverse this process to turn the lockscreen email previews on, but be aware that anyone who picks up the iOS device can then see the basic sender and subjects of the newest email messages, even without entering a pass code.