How To Hide iMessage Alerts

Have you ever been at work or school and had an iMessage notification pop up that you didn’t want someone else to see? Fortunately, there are ways to stop that from happening. Hiding alerts will stop notifications from a contact, phone number, or group conversation.

How To Hide iMessage Alerts

This article will show you how to turn off your alerts, so you’ll no longer have to worry about a notification on your phone that you don’t want seen.

How to Turn Alerts On/Off on iPhone or iPad

If you want to turn off alerts on an iPhone or an iPad, you’re in luck. This is what you need to do:

  1. Find the contact or group in the message app.
  2. Swipe left and tap on the bell with the slash.
  3. To turn it off, swipe over the message, and hit the bell without the slash.

How to Turn Alerts On/Off on Mac

The process is similar on a Mac. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Open your messages and then the conversation you want to mute.
  2. Tap on the detail button in the top right corner.
  3. Select or deselect the “Hide Alert” box.

How to Hide Alerts for a Contact

Maybe you want to hide alerts from a single contact in your phone. You can do that too.

  1. Open your message app.
  2. Choose the contact you want to hide alerts from.
  3. Tap on the contact’s icon.
  4. Turn the toggle for “Hide Alerts.”

Here’s a quicker way to silence a message:

  1. Open your message app.
  2. Find the contact you want, and swipe left.
  3. Hit the bell icon to mute the contact.

To unmute a contact, you follow the same steps but just unmute the contact instead.

How to Hide All Alerts for a Contact

If you want to hide all alerts from a contact, then follow the steps below.

  1. Go to “Settings” and then “Focus.”
  2. Turn on “Do Not Disturb” and then choose which notifications you want and don’t want from that person.

How to Manage Message Notifications

Managing message notifications is super easy. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Go to your “Settings” and then to “Notifications.”
  2. Choose “Messages” and then choose what you want to do with the notifications for each.

For example, you can set locations and sounds for alerts, set how many times an alert can go off, choose where the message previews from, etc.

How to Hide Alerts for a Conversation

If you want to hide alerts for a conversation, the following steps will help you do so:

  1. Go to your message list.
  2. Touch and hold the conversation.
  3. Select “Hide Alerts.”

How to Turn Off Lock Screen Notifications

Having your iPhone locked doesn’t mean that alerts won’t pop up. If you want to make sure you don’t get any notifications, then you can turn off your lock screen notifications by following the instructions below.

  1. Go to “Settings.”
  2. Select “Notifications.”
  3. Click on the apps you want to hide the notifications from.
  4. Use the toggle to turn the notifications to the “off” position. You may get different alert types, if you want to hide all notifications, you’ll have to do it for each option.

How to Hide Text Message Alerts

With your iPhone, you’re able to hide text message alerts for all messages or just certain ones you want hidden.

How to Hide All Notifications From Messages

The following steps are for hiding all notifications from messages in iMessage:

  1. Go to “settings.”
  2. Select “Notifications.”
  3. Click “Show Previews.”
  4. Tap “Never.”

How to Hide Text Messages for Specific Messages

Here’s how to hide specific messages on iMessage:

  1. Go to “Settings.”
  2. Go to “Messages.”
  3. Select “Notifications.”
  4. Select “Show Previews.”
  5. Click “Never.”

How to Turn Off Notifications in the Notification Center

The notification center is located at the top of your screen. It can be accessed by swiping down on your screen. If you want to turn off these notifications, follow these steps:

  1. Go to “Settings.”
  2. Click on “Notifications.”
  3. Choose the notification you want to change.
  4. Click on “Allow Notifications” and make sure that it’s red.

How to Turn Off Emergency Alerts

You shouldn’t really turn off emergency notifications as they warn you about floods, tornadoes, and also Amber alerts for missing children. But if you want to do so, this is how it’s done:

  1. Go to your “Settings” app.
  2. Go to “Notifications.”
  3. Select “Government Alerts.”
  4. Toggle off “AMBER,” “Public Safety Alerts,” and “Emergency Alerts.”

How to Mute Emergency Alerts

If you want to keep emergency alerts on your phone, but would rather mute them, follow these steps:

  1. Go to “Settings.”
  2. Go to “Notifications.”
  3. Click on “Government Alerts.”
  4. Click on “Emergency Alerts.”
  5. Toggle off “Always Deliver.”


Why would I hide alerts?

You might want to hide alerts if you belong to a group that gets a lot of new messages. Getting a lot of notifications can be annoying and it might be a major distraction from something else.

What does hide alerts do?

Your notifications will stop for a person or group and will work for SMS messages and iMessage’s.

What does hide alerts not do?

You’ll receive messages for these conversations, but you won’t hear the sound anymore and it won’t appear on your lock screen. Also, if you’re using multiple devices, you need to follow the steps for each one. The reason being, they won’t sync across all your Apple devices.

Hide Your Embarrassment

Notifications can be annoying and at times inconvenient. An alert can go off when you’re in an important meeting or in church and cause a disturbance. It’s embarrassing when it happens to you. There are also times when a notification pops up on your screen and you’d rather it didn’t. Being able to hide iMessage alerts is just one of the amazing features on iPhones.

Have you used the hide alerts feature? What was your experience like? Tell us in the comments section below. 

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