How to Stop Showing SMS and iMessage Previews on the iPhone Lock Screen

There is a feature on the iPhone that allows you to quickly reply to a text message without even unlocking your device. This “Quick Reply” feature only requires you to tap the message notification on your lock screen in order to reply to the message that you received.

While this can be convenient, you may dislike the fact that anyone with access to your iPhone could reply to your text messages, or you might find that you simply start a quick reply by accident to often. Our guide below will show you where to find this setting so that you can turn it off.


How to Disable Quick Reply for Text and iMessages on an iPhone

The steps in this guide were written using an iPhone 5, in iOS 9. These same steps will work for other iPhone models using the same version of iOS.

Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

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Step 2: Tap the Passcode button. If you are using an iphone model with a Touch ID, then select the Touch ID & Passcode button instead.

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Step 3: Enter your device passcode (if one is set.)

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Step 4: Tap the button to the right of Reply with Message under Allow Access When Locked.

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