Sending text messages (SMS) with your iPhone is fun-but you don't always want to share the fun with everyone. There's nothing more terrifying than getting a sexy message from a friend over dinner with the rest of the family! This article will show you how to prevent this from happening by changing your iPhone's settings.
Method 1 of 2: iOS 7 and above
Step 1. Tap the Settings icon on your home screen
Step 2. Click on "Notification Center"
Step 3. Click on "Messages"
Step 4. Click the switch next to "Show in Notification Center" so that it changes from green to white
This will prevent new messages from appearing in the expanded Notification Center.
Step 5. Under "Alert Style", select "None"
This ensures that banners and notifications do not appear on the screen when you receive a text message/sms.
Step 6. Click the switch next to "Badge App Icon" to make it white
Now there is no red balloon at the Messages icon to indicate which new messages you have.
Step 7. Click on "Alert Sound" and select "None"
This ensures that no sound is heard when you receive a new message.
Step 8. Furthermore, click on "Vibration" and set it to "None" as well
Your phone will now no longer vibrate when you receive a message.
Step 9. Click the switch next to "Show Preview" so that it turns white
This ensures that even if you turn on notifications and banners, none of the text in the message will be shown in the notification.
Step 10. Click the switch next to "Show on Lock Screen" so that it turns white
As a result, your lock screen will not indicate whether or not you have received a new message.
Method 2 of 2: iOS 6 and older
Step 1. Open Settings
Tap the Settings icon, usually found on the home screen.
Step 2. Customize Notifications
In the Settings control panel, tap Notifications, then scroll down to the Notification Center section to find Messages.
Step #3. Tap on Messages
This will open the Messages control panel.
Step 4. Turn off Notification Center
At the top of the window, disable Notification Center by setting the button to "Off". In iOS 7, you'll find "Show in Notification Center" halfway down the page under "Alerts"
Step 5. Set Alert Style to None
Tap the "None" icon to make sure they don't appear again.
Step 6. Set Badge App Icon to off
If you don't want a little red circle showing the number of text messages, toggle the button to "Off."
When this is done, scroll down and tap "Text Tone." Under iOS 7, tap "Alert Sound"
Step 7. Set Alert Tones to None
This prevents your mobile from making a sound when a text message comes in.
Step 8. Set the vibrate to None
If you want to turn off the vibration alert, tap the Vibration button and scroll down the Vibration control panel, then tap "None."
Tap the Text Tone button at the top left of the Vibration screen to return to the Text Tone screen, tap "Messages" at the top left to return to the Messages screen
Step 9. Turn off the Preview
In the Messages screen, find "Show Preview" at the bottom and tap the switch to toggle it to "Off".
Step 10. Turn off View in the Lock Screen
At the bottom of the Messages screen, tap the switch to turn "View in Lock Screen" to "Off". Under iOS 7, this should say "Show on Lock Screen".