You want to have some kind of indicator on your lock screen when there's a notification waiting for you, but at the same time, you don't want to have the content of the notification on the lock screen because anyone that picks up your iPhone can see a portion of the content of the notification, which for all you know, might be private. iOS comes with a feature that can disable lock screen notifications for each application outright, but why restrict yourself from being able to see your own incoming notifications just because of the world around you?
A new free jailbreak tweak called PushPrivacy by iOS developer Ryan Petrich will make it so you can configure any of your applications to hide the content of your notifications on the lock screen, but they will still notify you that you have an incoming notification. For example, as shown above, if you choose to hide Messages notifications from your lock screen, you'll see get notified that you have a "New Message," but you won't be able to see the content of the message until you unlock your iPhone. This effectively helps to keep unwanted eyes from being able to see what someone sends you.
To configure the applications that will have their notification content hidden from the lock screen, you can head over to the Settings application after installing PushPrivacy, and open the tweak's preferences pane:
You will find a bunch of applications with on and off switches next to them. The applications with the switches in the off position will show all notification content on the lock screen (or at least as much as iOS can show). The applications with the switches in the on position will show “New Message” on the lock screen to hide the notification from other eyes when you get a notification from that application.
The tweak works with all applications that can show notifications on the lock screen, both pre-installed, and third-party App Store applications. It works very well to keep your notifications private, and if you have a passcode it’s even better. If you want to give PushPrivacy a try, it’s available for fee in Ryan Petrich’s beta repository.
To download it, you’ll need to go into Cydia:
- tap on the Manage tab
- tap on the Sources button
- tap on the Edit button
- tap on the Add button
- enter the following URL and then tap Add Source: PHP Code:
Repo: Ryan Petrich's Beta Repository
Developer: Ryan Petrich
Editor's Rating: 5/5