Disable notifications on Android's lock screen

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 20, 2018
Updated • Sep 4, 2019
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Recent versions of the Android operating system display notifications on the lock screen of the device by default.

Some users may like this as it gives them access to notifications on first glance without having to unlock the device first to check out new notifications.

The functionality has one serious drawback in my opinion, however. Since notifications are shown on the lock screen, anyone with access to the Android device may see them as well.

While that is not a problem when we are talking about new chat messages usually, it may be one if you get two-factor authentication codes or other important information displayed there as well. Even chat messages may be an issue, if you don't want someone else to see messages when they lift up your phone or device.

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I use PayPal and have configured the service to send me a verification code each time I sign in to the service. The code is displayed in full on the lock screen of the device and while that speeds up the process of entering it on the PayPal website, anyone else with access to the screen would see it in its entirety as well.

Disabling lock screen notifications

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Luckily, there is an option in the settings to turn off lock screen notifications on Android. Please note that how you get there may be different on your device as some manufacturers use different layouts for the Settings on the device.


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Here are the instructions for Android 10 on a Google Pixel 3a device:

  1. Open the Settings on the device.
  2. Go to Apps & notifications.
  3. Select Notifications.
  4. Find "Notifications on lockscreen" and tap on the feature.
  5. Select "Don't show notifications" or "show alerting notifications only".

Update End

The following applies to a Nokia 5 running Android 8.1 (which is more or less stock Android).

  1. Open the Settings on the device. I have to swipe up on the main screen and select Settings from the list of applications on the device.
  2. Select Security & Location when the Settings open.
  3. Activate Lock screen preferences on the screen.
  4. Tap on "On the lock screen".
  5. Select either "Hide sensitive notification content" or "Don't show notifications at all".

Select the "don't show" option if you don't want any notifications to appear on the lock screen.

Sensitive content is hidden on the lock screen but the notifications are still shown. Sensitive content includes new emails and chat messages among other things that are not shown anymore. You get a "contents hidden" or blank content area instead depending on your device so that you still know that new content is available but can't see anymore what it is until you unlock the device and open the notifications.

Tip: you can turn off notifications for individual applications installed on the Android device as well. Doing so blocks the application from notifying you. Note that this blocks notifications entirely, not only on the lock screen of the device.

You can long-tap on any notification in newer versions of Android to disable notifications for the selected app, or open the Settings to customize the notification permissions further.

Now You: How do you handle notifications on your mobile devices?

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  1. Michael H said on September 10, 2019 at 9:26 am

    My phone is a Samsung Galaxy S5 running Android 6.0.1. I have been to a number of forums, and tried everything to disable calendar notifications on my lock screen. Nothing works, including the method on this thread. I want to stop calendar notifications from popping up on my lock screen, along with the red X(halt) and yellow Z (snooze) slider buttons. To date I have checked:
    1. Settings>>> Set Notifications on Lock Screen to “Do not show notifications” per this thread.
    Note: In this build of Marshmallow, there is no notification setting under Settings>>>Lock Screen
    2. Calendar>>> Settings>>>[account] Events>>> disabled all notifications
    3. Applications>>>Calendar>>>Event Notification>>> status bar only (pop up disabled)
    4. Applications>>>Application Manager>>>Calendar (both Google and Samsung… I have been using Google)>>> Notifications set to “blocked” (toggle switch is off)
    5. Accounts… there are no options within accounts displayed here (e.g. Google, Samsung, Cloud) to make notification setting changes

    IDEAS, anyone?? It’s driving me bonkers. Notifications appear along with a chirpy audio sound, as though they were never disabled. Please don’t suggest a factory reset. I’m not willing to risk losing all my data (yes, it’s backed up, but how reliable is untested recovery?) and hassle with reloading apps to fix this.

  2. Matt Scheaffer said on September 4, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    These instructions only apply to some very specific rom. I have pure android and none of these options exist. You are not helping unless we know exactly which phone and carrier you are using. It isn’t pure android that’s for sure

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on September 4, 2019 at 6:08 pm

      The phone was mentioned in the original article. I have updated the article today with data for the Google Pixel 3a phone running Android 10.

  3. Norrie said on August 25, 2019 at 2:45 am

    On my android what I had to do was
    Go to the application In this case File manager
    Click on the three lines for the menu at top left
    Click on Settings
    Turn on Notification Tool bar

  4. Frank said on April 4, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    I understand that you can block notifications
    1. globally, and
    2. on a per app basis
    but can you configure one app to block all notifications when in use?

    I’m thinking of scenarios where an android user presents a card from a digital wallet for inspection, and does not want the viewer to see any other notifications

  5. John Fenderson said on September 20, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Nice! I’ve been intentionally avoiding upgrading my Android stuff, but if I need to for some reason, I’ll be very pleased to be able to disable this. I want nothing on my lock screen aside from a “Reward if found” message with my email address.

  6. dmacleo said on September 20, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    I use C locker on top of go launcher to handle lock screen. handles widgets, notifications, etc

  7. Yuliya said on September 20, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Good idea. I never considered switching the notifications to hide sensitive content. I just did it. A swipe down on the notification will prompt you to either enter your security code or use fingerprint sensor after which will quickly show you the whole notification centre. So it’s not really slowing things down.

  8. Jojo said on September 20, 2018 at 8:28 am

    A…. Related and non related comment and Q:
    I actually choose to do show notifications on lockscreeen, and I’ve been using NILS until I recently bought Redmi Note 5 (xiaomi) and it has a recent Android which doesn’t seem to play “nice” with the nils.
    If anyone has any suggestions for a different app to show notifications on lockscreeen as well as on desktop with a widget (and no crazy sick permissions issues) I’d be happy to hear.

    Other than that yup, lockscreeen notifications should be easily disabled through settings so it’s no boggy =)

    1. john said on September 21, 2018 at 2:26 am

      I had used NILS for a long time until, like you, the new phone and upgrading to new OS broke it. I am now using Notific Pro by Anand Bibek. Try it and see.

    2. john said on September 21, 2018 at 12:19 am

      I used NILS for a long time until, like you, the new phone upgrading to new OS broke it. I am now using Notific Pro by Anand Bibek. Try it and see.

    3. Jojo said on September 20, 2018 at 5:43 pm

      I’ve replied sth totally diff here, my bad :)

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