Hiding WhatsApp Message Previews to Sleep Easier at Night

Through this article, I can explain how you can hide a WhatsApp message preview on iPhones, Android devices, and even your personal computer.

Hello friends! It’s Frankie here to give you yet another useful hack to increase your privacy level.

Have you thought of yourself as a privacy-obsessed and constantly worried about somebody else being able to get a glimpse at the messages you received on WhatsApp? Does it both you that they can see some of the information for these messages by seeing the notifications that arrive to your smartphone?

I am with you, friend. I don’t like anyone reading my messages, either.

I have a positive answer for you if you are looking to this article to give you a hand with hiding WhatsApp message previews.

If you can just give me a few minutes of your time, I can personally walk you through a simple strategy to carry this out using both iPhone and Android devices.

Even if you use WhatsApp on the computer, I have a method that can even prevent you from divulging this information unintentionally.

Ready to get this sorted out? Well, then, enough of the chit chat and let’s get down to business.


Without further ado, let’s get to the heart of the matter. I would like you to take your smartphone, sit down someplace comfortable, and actually focus on reading this content I’ve put together. In the end, you are bound to be pleased with what you have learned.


Frankie’s Take:

If you happen to be doing this to cover your tracks and hide some transgressions (hopefully not) I would suggest you check out a different article I’ve written about How to Keep from Getting Caught Cheating Using WhatsApp.

Hiding WhatsApp Message Preview on Android

If you are using an Android smartphone and need to know how to hide WhatsApp message preview, you have come to the right place.

I’ve got the answer for you right here.

To accomplish this, you can act both through the WhatsApp app’s setting menu and through the system settings for your device by adjusting specific permissions. Want more information, continue reading.

WhatsApp Settings

You can disable the preview of messages directly through the settings of the application.

The first step to take is to unlock your smartphone and access the app drawer (the screen where all of the icons for your installed apps are grouped). You can then click on the WhatsApp icon to open this application.

If hiding message previews is your goal, here is what you want to do:

  1. First, tap on the three vertical dots found in the top right corner.
  2. Next, click on Settings and once a menu appears, click on Notifications.
  3. Remove the tick from the box labeled High Priority Notifications and you can find correspondence of message notifications / group notifications sections.

Understand that by choosing this route, the only notification preview message that gets disabled is the one that shows in the top of the screen along with any new message.

Beware: If you were to access the notification center, this message preview would then be visible again. As much as I would like to give you a surefire option, as of the time that I am writing this, there is no workaround for that.

If you eventually opt against preventing the preview of WhatsApp messages, you can reactivate it by:

  1. Clicking on the three vertical dots found in the right corner
  2. Following this set of instructions, beginning with Settings > Notifications > (and tick) High Priority Notifications boxes along with message notifications or group notifications.

As you can see, it is fairly simple to accomplish.

Android Settings

It is also possible to disable these previews on the lock screen of your Android device by following this path through the settings menu of your phone.

If you wish to disable the WhatsApp lock screen notifications, do this:

  1. Take out your smartphone and access the app drawer (a screen on your device that groups all apps together) and then choose Settings (gear).
  2. From this screen you can click on the subheading Notifications, where you will find WhatsApp on the list that appears.
  3. Once you have found it, click on Lock Screen and then Hide Sensitive Content to hide your messages from any prying eyes. If you want to disable all content from appearing on a lock screen, you can choose Block Notifications.

Much like the issue from the WhatsApp Settings approach, you cannot remove the previews in the notification center.

The only available solution is completely disabling notifications.

All you need to do at this point is set this switch to OFF – you can find it near Allow Notifications – to accomplish this. If you decide to change your mind later, just retrace your steps and turn this ticker back to ON.


Frankie’s Take:

You already know that Android is a vast general baseline operating system for hundreds of phones on the market. Therefore, these steps might vary slightly from the path you might have to take when doing this all on your own phone.

Hiding WhatsApp Message Previews on iPhone

Are you an iPhone user and you want options for hiding WhatsApp message previews?

All you have to do is keep on reading, then.

You will find all of the answers you need below, both from working through the WhatsApp settings and through the settings menu of your iOS device.

WhatsApp Settings

Disabling message previews for what you receive from WhatsApp, begins with accessing the app settings and disabling a related function.

To disable WhatsApp message previews on your iPhone, you need to follow these steps:

  1. First, get your phone and unlock it. On the home screen, click on WhatsApp
  2. Now, tap Settings, found in the bottom right of this new screen.
  3. Then, choose Notifications and move the Show Preview toggle to OFF.

If you do this, you will still get notifications about a new message getting delivered to your account, but instead of a literal preview of the text, the banner will read Message instead.

If you have any second thoughts about this decision, you can turn the message previews back on through the Settings menu under App Notifications and switching Show Preview toggle back to ON.

If you just want a faster route for this same result, you can choose to reset notifications found at the bottom of this screen. This restores default settings for the app’s alerts.

You will have to confirm this requested task by clicking on the word Reset again.

iPhone settings

As I have mentioned before, you can also disable message previews for WhatsApp through actions in the iPhone settings.

If you wish to stop previews through iOS settings, here is how you do that:

  1. Grab your phone and unlock it. On the Home Screen reach Settings (gear) and click it.
  2. When the new screen opens, select Notifications and scroll through the list of applications installed on your phone to the options of Notification Style and WhatsApp.
  3. On this menu, you can choose Never under the option to Show Previews.

If you reconsider, you can follow these steps again. This time, you would be looking to choose the default option When Unlocked or the other choice Always.

You might find that you would prefer never getting notifications from WhatsApp at all, and you want to stop these alerts from displaying in the notification banner. If so, you need to uncheck Banner from the Alerts menu you can find by choosing Settings > Notifications > WhatsApp.

Even more so, you can choose to disable message previews in the notification center, or in the lock screen, by choosing the corresponding Notification Center and Lock Screen options.

Hiding WhatsApp Message Previews on a Computer

In the beginning of this article it was mentioned that you could also hide the message previews for the Web version of WhatsApp via the client for Windows and macOS.

In this portion, you get introduced to all of the steps necessary to accomplish this. You can do this by both accessing the service settings and through the computer – but these are two separate approaches.

WhatsApp Settings

Are you one of the users of WhatsApp on computer, using the client for Windows or macOS or through the standalone WhatsApp Web?

If this is the case, make sure you follow the steps to start the application appropriately by accessing the Start Menu (Windows), Launchpad (Mac), or through whatever browser you use for WhatsApp Web.

If for some reason you have not already done this, follow the steps and scan the QR code and connect your account.

If you are unsure how to accomplish this, open WhatsApp on your smartphone, got to Settings > WhatsApp Web/Desktop > Scan QR Code and frame the code displayed on your computer screen in the box created by your camera function on the phone.

Now, click the three vertical dots button (Windows and WhatsApp Web) or the down arrow (macOS) placed in the top right of the WhatsApp screen.

Select Settings > Notifications > untick Show Preview.

It really is that simple.

Now, instead of getting actual message previews, you will have a running total of messages you get alerted to in this format: N New Message/s (N in this equation gets replaced by the actual number of alerts).

If you ever reconsider this course of action, you can always retrace your steps and accomplish reset the messages to their default functionality.

You begin by clicking on the three vertical dots (Windows/WhatsApp Web) or the down arrow (macOS) at the top right of the main WhatsApp screen.

Select Settings > Notifications from the displayed menu and uncheck the box near to Show preview.

Windows Settings

Windows 10 user? If you are, you can also disable WhatsApp message preview functions through your system settings as well.

If you go this route, you must know that you are disabling the entirety of message previews via the notification center or the lock screen.

If you still wish to do this, you need to begin by accessing the Start Button (Windows Flag one) which is located on the taskbar. Click on Settings (gear icon).

Once this window opens on the desktop, click on System and then on Notifications and Actions on the left. You can see a toggle for Get notifications for apps and senders and toggle this switch to OFF.

In case you reconsider, you can re-access this switch and move it back to ON.

If you are only interested in disabling the display of notifications when your computer is on its lock screen, you can find the heading Show notifications on lock screen and toggle this switch to OFF instead of disabling them all.

Much like before, reversing this decision is easy and can happen at any time by returning to settings and toggling this switch to ON.

macOS Settings

If you are a macOS user, you can handle message previews for WhatsApp using System Preferences, as well.

In this menu, you have the options of choosing to block all notifications, to hide them from appearing on a lock screen, or prevent them from appearing in the notification center.

To do this, click on the gear icon in the Dock Bar.

From here, select Notifications on the window that appears, and then click on the WhatsApp icon from the menu on the left. You can choose to disable the display of a message banner by selecting None on the right.

If you think twice about this, return to the Banner option and deselect your choice.

If you want to disable notification and related previews from the lock screen or the notification center, you can uncheck the correlating boxes labeled Show notifications on lock screen and Show in notification center.


Frankie’s Take:

This is just one of many options available to secure your smartphone from prying eyes or worse. I suggest you check out my course “Try to catch me” to make your mobile’s privacy airtight.


These days, content moving through our apps and mobiles are grounds of divorce, abuse, criminal convictions, and more on a seemingly endless list.

By hiding both WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger previews, you have a good start. Unfortunately, it won’t be enough to fully protect your privacy and prevent people from reading your messages if they desperately wanted to.

You can always be doing more to increase your privacy level and avoid suspicion and subsequent trouble if you are actually trying to hide things.

That’s all I have for today. If you have any doubts or questions, you should not hesitate to leave me a comment and I can respond as soon as possible.


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About Frankie Caruso

I'm Frankie Caruso. I'm a professional amateur in that ugly business of social media and computer security. I help all those frustrated moms and dads who call themselves digital illiterates to understand something about this confusing digital world so their kids don't get in trouble.