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How to Disable WhatsApp Message Preview

Written by Thirumalraj

You will be notified when you receive a WhatsApp message. In that notification, you can see the preview of the message.

To disable the message preview, follow the steps in this guide.

I use Google Pixel 4a (Android 12), Windows 11 PC, and iPhone X. Let’s begin with the iPhone.

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Turn Off WhatsApp Message Preview (iPhone)

All the below steps apply to the entire WhatsApp. In other words, it applies to all contact and group chats.

Here are the steps:

  1. Open the WhatsApp app.
  2. Hit Settings at the bottom and select Notifications.
  3. At the bottom, you can see Show Preview. Disable it, and that’s all.

When you receive a WhatsApp message, the notification will not show the preview anymore.

To revert, enable the option mentioned above.

Here’s an alternate method to do this task:

Open the Settings app.

Tap Notifications > WhatsApp.

In the Lock Screen Appearance section, you see the Show Previews option. Hit it.

You can now view these three options: Always, When Unlocked, and Never.

Pick the last one, and that’s it. To revert, select the second option.

Here’s an important thing to note: If you’re on WhatsApp, you can see the message preview in the notification even after following any of the above methods.

Disable WhatsApp Message Preview (Android Phone)

The steps below will stop the notification from appearing when the device is unlocked at the screen’s top.

But remember that the notification, which shows the message preview, still appears in the notification panel and lock screen.

Here are the steps:

Open the WhatsApp app.

Hit the three vertical dots at the top right. Select Settings > Notifications.

Disable “Use high priority notifications” in the Messages and Groups section.

That’s it.

You can also complete this task using the steps below. Remember, these steps only disable the message preview in the notification on the lock screen. But the notification still shows the message preview in the notification panel.

Here are the steps:

Open the Settings app. Hit Notifications > App settings > WhatsApp.

Select Group notifications > Lock screen. Select Show sensitive content only when unlocked.

Now hit the back arrow at the top left and select Message notifications.

Select Lock screen. Select Show sensitive content only when unlocked.

That’s it.

See: How to Add WhatsApp Shortcut to Home Screen

Disable Message Preview on WhatsApp Web

Here are the steps:

Open WhatsApp Web and hit the three vertical dots on the top left sidebar.

Select the Settings option between “Starred messages” and “Log out.”

Select Notifications and disable Show Previews, which you can find between “Desktop Alerts” and “Turn off all reaction notifications.”

That’s it.

Thanks for reading.