How to Hide Messages on iPhone 8/X/11/12/13/14?

If you don’t want someone view your text message on your iPhone 8/X/11/12/13/14, refer to this article, it will provide 4 methods of how to hide messages on iPhone.


By Dylan / Updated on June 9, 2023

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Can you hide messages on iPhone?

Hello, I just want to ask if there is an app or a gesture that can hide my messages on my iPhone 12 without deleting them. Please help me. Thanks.

- Question from

Lots of people use “Messages” app to have a conversion with friends, family, and boyfriends or girlfriends. Sometimes, we don’t want people around us, parents, teacher, or other people to view your personal messages for some reasons. And you don’t want to delete them after reading.

So here we provide 4 methods of how to hide text messages on iPhone messages, you can choose one according to your need.

How to hide messages on iPhone 8/X/11/12/13/14

Before we get started, please make sure the Touch ID or Face ID is enabled so people can’t access your iPhone without permission. You can go “settings” > “Touch ID (Face ID)” to turn it on.

Part 1. Disable messages preview

Turning off the preview will hide the detail of the messages but also send a note that only tell you a message received. So messages are unveiled until you open them. And other people can’t get a glimpse of your messages.

Step 1. Go to “Settings” on your iPhone, and tap “Notifications”.

Step 2. Find and tap “Messages” on the Notifications.

Step 3. Scroll download to “Show Preview”, and change it to “Never”.

Turn Off Message Preview

Part 2. Turn off message alerts

If "message Alerts" is disabled without turning off notification, your iPhone will make a sound when someone sent you a message without notification.

Step 1. Go to “settings” and tap “notification”.

Step 2. Choose “Messages” on the Notifications.

Step 3. Then make sure “Lock Screen”, “Notification Center”, and “Banners” are not chosen.

✍ Note: You can unselect the 3 options based on your need. For example, if you want to hide messages when locked screen, you can just uncheck “Lock Screen”.

Part 3. Disallow message notification

Disallowing message notification is another way to hide text messages on iPhone. When your iPhone receives a message, the iPhone won’t send you a note on the screen. You can check it on the Messages app.

Step 1. Go to the “Settings” > “Notifications” > “Message” on the Notifications

Step 2. Disable the “Allow Notifications” option on the top of the screen.

Message Turn Off Allow Notifications

Part 4. Hide messages from a particular person without deleting

If you want to hide message name on your iPhone. You can follow the steps below:

Step 1. Go to “Contacts” app on your iPhone.

Step 2. And find the person you want to hide. Tap it to open it. Then tap “Edit” on the top-right corner.

Step 3. Scroll down and tap “Delete Contact”.

Step 4. Then go to “Settings”. Find and tap “Messages”.

Step 5. Disable the option of “Filter Unknown Senders”.

Filter Unknown Senders

✍Note: “Filter Unknown Senders” will sort messages from people who are not in your Contacts into an individual list. Enable or disable it according to your need.

Bonus tip: Backup your important messages

For some reason, you may need to hide or delete some text messages from your iPhone 8/X/11/12/13/14, and the messages are really important to you, you can backup the messages with a reliable and professional iPhone backup app-FoneTool. This tool can easily backup your messages on iPhone to a PC and quickly restore them to your iPhone when you need them.


You can click the download button to backup your iPhone messages.

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So you have known how to hide messages on iPhone 8, X, XR, 11, 12, 13, 14. No matter what iPhone models you are using, you can try these methods. And the 4 ways above to turn of message preview and hide message notification, alerts, name, you can choose one according to your need.

In addition, if the messages are really important to you, please backup them using FoneTool. And it is also a piece of iPhone transfer software that helping you to share music, videos, music and other data between iPhone and PC.