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How to Stop SMS Messages Popping up on iPhone

written by: Shane Burley•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 9/13/2010

Can you stop SMS messages from popping up on the iPhone? Yes you can and here is our guide to explain exactly how to do it.

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    Can You Stop SMS Messages From Popping Up on the iPhone?

    It may be important to you to create a sense of real privacy about your communication on your iPhone, especially to hide your text messages. img 0020 Can you stop SMS messages from popping up on the iPhone? Yes, in a sense. There are a few different ways around this and you can essentially stop SMS messages from popping up on the iPhone practically, even though the standard pop up function is still in place.

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    Shut Down the Preview

    iphone os 30 settings messages The most basic way to stop SMS messages from popping up on the iPhone is to shut off the SMS text message preview, which will actually solve the problem for most users even if it is not a complete cure. Start off by going to the iPhone Settings and then go down to Messages, which is in the third block of options right under Safari and right above iPod. In Messages you will want to turn off both Show Preview and Repeat Alert, which will stop the message from just coming up on your iPhone. The Repeat Alert is the secondary alert that lets you know a text message is present if you do not actually acknowledge the text message is there.

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    Passcode Protection

    iphone-101 -protect-your-device-with-a-passcode cb12937 One easy way to stop SMS messages from popping up on the iPhone is to put a password protection on it, which is actually going to be a nice option to protect your privacy and content in general. If you go to your General Settings and the Passcode Lock you will find the ability to Turn Passcode On. Now you will also have the ability to set a ten digit passcode, which is going to give added protection. Having the iPhone's passcode on will not stop SMS messages from popping up on the iPhone if it is already unlocked, but it will stop them from popping up on a locked iPhone. If you want this to be the main protection item for stopping SMS messages from popping up on the iPhone then you will want to set the requirement for the passcode to be entered relatively often.

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    No Applications to Stop SMS Messages Popping Up on the iPhone

    In preview versions of the iOS before the iOS 3.0 update there had to be applications to stop SMS messages from popping up on the iPhone. Many of these were part of expensive iPhone app packages like Caterpillar, but now it is unnecessary to find applications to stop SMS messages from popping up on the iPhone. Both of the options, such as turning off preview and setting up the iPhone passcode, should be sufficient. If you also turn off push notifications you should take care of almost every instance where an SMS message would pop up on your iPhone unannounced.