How to Hide Message Content on Lock Screen on Samsung Galaxy Phones

Most smartphones come with biometric protection to prevent unauthorized access. As for iPhone users, the Face ID protection even works for lock screen notifications. Meaning the message content only unlocks when you complete the Face ID authentication. Samsung has implemented a similar trick in One UI on Galaxy phones. Here’s how you can hide message content on the lock screen on Samsung phones.


With the default settings, anyone accessing your phone can view the received emails and messages. You can hide silent conversations and notifications, but the implementation is not as flawless as iOS. However, Samsung’s One UI. The system shows message content only when it unlocks the phone via your face. Let’s check it in action.

Set Up Face ID Protection on Galaxy Phones

Samsung Galaxy phones come with Face ID and fingerprint authentication. However, most users set up fingerprint biometrics for convenience. Follow the steps below to set up Face Unlock.

Step 1: Open Settings on your Samsung Galaxy phone.

Step 2: Scroll to Security and privacy.

Step 3: Select Biometrics. Tap Face recognition. Enter your device PIN to complete authentication.

Step 4: Tap Face recognition and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup.

Step 5: Enable the Face unlock and Stay on the Lock screen until the swipe toggles.

Your Samsung Galaxy phone is now protected with face unlock, a fingerprint scanner, and a PIN. You need to tweak lock screen notifications to hide message content.  

Change Lock Screen Notification Settings

After you have set up face unlock on Galaxy phones, it’s time to tweak lock screen notification settings.

Step 1: Open the Settings on your Samsung Galaxy phone and select Notifications.

Step 2: Tap ‘Lock screen notifications.’

Step 3: Tap the radio button beside Hide content.

Step 4: Enable the ‘Show content when unlocked’ toggle.

Step 5: Tap Notifications to show, and you have a couple of options to choose from.

You can either show all alerts and silent notifications or set the system to show alert (general) notifications only. Lock your phone and check your security settings in action.

When you tap on a notification on the lock screen, it opens the notification center instead. Also, you’ll need to unlock the phone when you try to expand the notification message. After One UI detects your face and unlocks the phone, you can expand on the message to check the content. If you are coming from an iPhone, you shall find yourself right at home with Samsung’s implementation.

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Show Message Content on Lock Screen From Selected Apps

Samsung also offers an option to display message content from selected apps on the lock screen. For example, you can enable message content from social media apps and hide the same for essential services like email, Messages, and banks. Here’s what you need to do.

Step 1: Launch the Settings app on your Galaxy phone and scroll to Notifications.

Step 2: Select ‘Lock screen notifications.’

Step 3: Tap the radio button beside Show content.

Step 4: Tap the Settings gear icon and turn on the toggles next to the apps that can show content in lock screen notifications. You can disable private apps like Telegram, Messenger, and others from showing content on the lock screen.

Enable Notification History

Sometimes when you or your little one accidentally swipe on a lock screen notification and dismiss it. You may miss important alerts and messages in the process. Android comes with a neat ‘Notification history’ option that stores your received and dismissed alerts on the go. Samsung has implemented the same, and you can follow the steps below to enable it.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on Galaxy phone and scroll to Notifications.

Step 2: Tap Advanced settings.

Step 3: Select Notification history.

Step 4: Enable the same from the following menu.

After that, whenever you dismiss a notification unknowingly, head to the same menu to find your missed alerts.  

Tweak Lock Screen Notifications

The default One UI lock screen customization options can be limiting to some. You have no control over how your notification icons look on the lock screen. If you aren’t a fan of it, use Good Lock to tweak it.

Note: Samsung Good Lock is available in several regions only.

Step 1: Download Samsung Good Lock from the Galaxy Store.

Step 2: Launch Good Lock and install LockStar.

Step 3: Tap on it. Enable the toggle for lock screen and tap on it. You can rearrange the clock, media player, and app icons in any place.

Step 4: You can tap on app icons to change notification type, scale, transparency, and color. Tap Save, and you are good to go.

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Hide Your Confidential Info From Prying Eyes

We recommend hiding message content from apps like Messages (where you receive OPTs), Gmail, and other apps. You can lock them behind face recognition and stop others from peeking over message content.

Last updated on 21 August, 2023

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