Every time you receive a notification from an Android app, you see the name and icon of the app and a preview of its contents. When it comes to messages, you also see who sent you the message, and at least part of it can be read and understood with ease. For example, you see the name of the people sending you messages on WhatsApp, Messenger, Messages, and other apps, as well as a preview of their content.
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How to Hide Sensitive Notification Data on Most Android Devices
If you've found the Android Lollipop lock screen to be a security issue, Jack Wallen shows you how to regain control over sensitive data being displayed. Lollipop is a significant update. In fact, it is, without a doubt, the most massive update to the Android platform to date. If you happen to have a device that has updated to Lollipop, you know a lot has changed--much of it, under the hood. After using the release for a few weeks, I'm still finding new bits and pieces. If you're using Lollipop, you've probably realized that a lot of content pops up on the lock screen. And even though you've probably set up a PIN, pattern, or password for your lock screen, all that content could be viewed as a security issue. Take, for instance, Figure A.
Notifications that appear on your Android lock screen can be convenient, but also potentially embarrassing if someone else sees them. You can hide notifications from your lock screen on your Android device so that everything is for your eyes only. Instructions in this article apply to smartphones and tablets with Android 9. Some steps may vary depending on the device manufacturer and model. Android smartphones usually have three options that lock screen notifications: show all, show none, or hide sensitive notification content. The last option means you can see which app the notification is for, but not its contents, thereby protecting your privacy and letting you know whether it's worthwhile to unlock your phone. Tap Hide sensitive notifications only or Hide all notifications. To make notifications visible again, repeat the steps above and tap Show all notifications. For some Samsung phones , such as the Samsung Galaxy S Open Settings.