Galaxy S8 And Galaxy S8 Plus: How To Hide Message Preview – Guide

Samsung devices are notorious for all their extra features. If you’ve just got your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus smartphone, you’ve noticed it comes with quite a lot of default options. One of them is the lock screen message preview. The device is locked and you get a message, so it displays you a small preview of who and what texted, right before you get to unlock it.

The action is meant to spare you from unlocking the phone and checking the message if you decide that it doesn’t deserve or require your attention for the time being. Sounds cool, but only until you start having people around you. Just like you, they will get to stare at the locked screen and see who and what messaged you. That’s a privacy matter and even a very serious one, for those who usually discuss sensitive things through their text messages.

Want to make those message previews and popups disappear? You could do that, but you have an alternative. On one hand, you can keep the popups that tell you there’s an unread message asking for your attention. On the other hand, you can tweak the settings so that you will no longer see the details of the conversation on that first screen.

No need for third-party apps for that. Just read this comprehensive guide and discover how to control lock screen information. If you insist, you’ll also learn how to completely disable the text popups of your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus lock screen.


How to handle the text popups on Galaxy S8/S8 Plus:

To be more specific, there are two instances when message previews show up on your smartphone’s display. You have the nasty popups we have already talked about, that show you a message preview. They surface on top of any other app, give you enough details to take over the conversation, reply without having to leave your current app, and send answers right way, incredibly easy.

But aside from these popups, you also have the message previews from the upper side of the screen. If you see those text previews in the notification bars, even though the font is small, it doesn’t mean that other people from around you can’t take a peek at it. So, there are actually two different problems you are aiming to tackle around here and we have a solution for both of them.

At work or during a private conversation, face-to-face with someone else, you don’t need to have your important messages exposed that way. To make it stop, you just need to:

  1. Launch the Messages app;
  2. Hit the MORE button located right at the top right side of the display;
  3. Access the Settings menu and select the Notifications submenu;
  4. In there, turn off the Pop-up Display by simply tapping on it once.


That’s how you get rid of the pop-ups for good! But we’ve promised you a compromise. If you’re interested in getting message notifications without a preview of their content, you shouldn’t rush into leaving these menus yet.

Under the same Notifications submenu, there’s an option called Preview Message. If you deactivate this one instead, the pop-ups will keep coming up, but only as a blank notification. NO details regarding the sender or the content will be revealed at this stage. The only thing this popup will do is to let you know that you have an unread message. Plus, it will offer you a shortcut to the Messages app, so you won’t waste time navigating to it and manually opening it.


How to deal with the lock screen information of Galaxy S8/S8 Plus:

Some people love the lock screen message previews and others just hate it. To make it simpler for you, we would suggest you follow the above option – keep the pop-up as an active feature even for the lock screen, but only disable the message preview. If you want to get in charge of what shows up on the lock screen of the smartphone:

  1. Launch the device’s Settings section;
  2. Navigate to Lock Screen & Security;
  3. Tap Notifications;
  4. Tap Content;
  5. Select to either hide content or to not show notifications.


Needless to insist too much on it, the hide content option will still give you notifications, but, as suggested, without any hints about the sender or the subject of the message. If you prefer the Do Not Show Notifications option, then, from now on, you will see nothing else on the lock screen of your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus.

But that’s all for now. The time has come for you to think about your options and adjust the privacy settings accordingly.

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