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Turning On Preview Messages On Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus

Everybody knows the Preview Message notifications on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus because Samsung’s latest flagships have this feature activated by default. Apparently, some think that getting a short preview of who messaged and what wrote within the message is a helpful thing.

And yes, many users enjoy these lock screen or notification bar popups that let them know who messaged and empowers them to navigate straight to the messaging app from that notification. Others, on the other hand, would appreciate some extra privacy. From what category are you?

How would you like to be able to control what shows up on your screen, how, and when? Coming up next, you’ll get the instructions on how to access this special setting from your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus menu and how to turn it On when you need it and back Off when you got tired of using it…


The exact steps for enabling/disabling Message Preview on Galaxy S8/S8 Plus:

  1. Go to the Quick Settings menu by swiping downward from the top of the screen;
  2. Tap on the small gear symbol and enter the Settings menu;
  3. Navigate to the Applications tab;
  4. From the list of options, select Messages;
  5. Then, select the Notifications sub-menu;
  6. You will see a feature labeled as Preview Message with two sub-options:
    1. Lock Screen;
    2. Status Bar;
  7. Tap on the checkboxes that are currently disabled to enable the message preview on the Lock Screen, on the Status Bar, or on both of them;
  8. Leave the menus when all the right checkboxes are ticked.


The first time when the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus will receive a new message, the preview notification will pop up exclusively on the screen where you have enabled it to show up.

If you are using the messages app a lot and you fear that details about some sensitive information can be easily noticed by people sitting close to you, you can always return to the Messages settings and uncheck those boxes to remove the Preview Message from the Lock Screen, from the Status Bar, or, again, from both of them.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus are pretty easy to configure from this perspective, right?


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