Apple iOS 5: Disable Notifications from Displaying on the Lock Screen

A helpful new feature in iOS 5 is its notifications capability. But having sensitive data showing on your device’s Lock Screen for anyone to see isn’t what you want. Here’s how to disable notifications.

Here’s an example of app notifications showing on the Lock Screen. When enabled to show on the Lock Screen, anyone passing by will be able to see your notifications – even if you created a pass code.

Notifications on Lock Screen

To disable notifications from showing on the Lock Screen, go to Settings >> Notifications. Then tap the app you don’t want to display. Here, I’m selecting Reminders.


On the next screen, tap View in Lock Screen to turn it off. Then Tap Notifications at the top to go back.

Turn Off

Now, select the next app you don’t want displaying on the Lock Screen. Here, I’m selecting Mail.

Again, tap View in Lock Screen to turn it off.

Turn off Notification

Do this for each app you don’t want showing on the Lock Screen. Mail is the most important. No one needs to be snooping in your email.

You’ll still be able to see everything in the Notification Center after logging in.

Notification Center

When you’re by yourself, having notifications on the Lock Screen is convenient. If you’re at the office, or around a lot of people, turning them off keeps your data private.

iPod Lock ScreenSettings



  1. Edward

    October 26, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Just a quick point…if you disable “show preview” then only the sender’s name will show up with messages and emails. That way you have quick access to who sent you something without any details revealed from the email itself.

    Just a heads up…

  2. Jeanna Oxford

    November 1, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    How can I stop the flashing banner at the top of my screen that says:
    Touch to return to Navigation?

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