Controlling privacy is a just as important matter on Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus smartphones as it used to be with any of the previous Galaxy series. In today’s article, we’d like to talk to you a bit more about the Lock screen and Home screen text message previews and popups that your smartphone displays by default.
Many of our readers complained that they do not appreciate these features. The wandering, prying eyes from the people you work with or spend most of your time with could easily take a peek at these snippets of text messages that are pushed on top of anything. If you’re not comfortable with it either, we will show you the exact steps for getting rid of it. But before we get to that part, let us set things straight:
What is the Galaxy S8/S8+ Plus notification pop-up message?
When you use the stock messaging app on your smartphone, you might notice that every time when you get a text message a pop-up will launch on top of whatever you were doing. This small window with details regarding the sender and a short preview of the message will take you straight to the messaging app if you decide to tap on it. It has the advantage that it lets you quickly access the message and reply without having to leave your current app or window and navigating to the Home screen for the actual messaging app. The disadvantages, you probably know them all.
What is the Galaxy S8/S8+ Plus notification message preview?
If it’s not the pop-up from the middle of the screen, it’s the message preview from the top of the screen. The same thing, with sender details and a short preview of the message, only that with a smaller font. Some people appreciate it, others still fear that the information is easy to scan by everyone in the nearby.
Especially if you’re seeing any of the pop-up or the preview on both the Home screen and the Lock screen, you must really want to get rid of it. You already know that Samsung devices generally come with lots of controlling and customization options and you’re probably thinking about the Google Play Store. That’s where many changes for many apps can be tackled, but this isn’t the case here.
To disable the pop-up text messages…
- Access your stock Messages app and use the button that will take you to the settings, the MORE label from the top of the window;
- Select Settings;
- Select Notifications;
- Find the option labeled as “Pop-up display” and tap on it to switch it from On to Off.
To disable the message preview notifications…
- Go back to the same submenu of Notifications;
- Instead of the Pop-up display, look for the option labeled as “Preview Message” and turn it off to disable the previews.
That’s how you tackle these issues regarding the Home screen of your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus. But we still have the Lock screen issues to look at.
To handle the Lock screen notifications…
We strongly recommend you that you do not completely disable the pop-ups that surface the Lock screen. If privacy is your concern, the main workaround would consist of simply disabling the message preview. This means that, instead of the window with a preview of your message’s content, you will only get a plain notification about a message that just entered your inbox. No details about the sender, no snippets of text whatsoever. All the available options are accessible from the general menu of your Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ Plus.
- Go to the Home screen;
- Swipe down from the top of the display to open the Notification panel;
- Tap on the gear icon to open the Settings menu (you can do the same from the Apps icon on the Home screen);
- Navigate to Lock Screen & Security;
- Select the Notifications on Lock screen;
- Select “Content on Lock screen”;
- Select the option that enables you to hide the content – this means that whatever notification you will get on the Lock screen, whether it is from a text message, Gmail, Twitter, or whatever else, you won’t be able to see any of its content;
- Alternatively, you can select the “Do not show notifications” option – this means that no other notification will surface the Lock screen from now on.
That’s all for now! Hopefully, you have gotten a better sense of what you can do with your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus in terms of pop-up and preview notifications.