How to Disable Control Center and Notification Center on Lockscreen [iOS 8 Tip]

You know that features like Notification Center and Control Center can be used even on the lock screen. This is enabled on your iPhone/iPad by default. Ability to access the notification center or the control center from the lock screen is helpful because you don’t want to be continuously unlocking your iPhone’s screen just to toggle a couple of settings or to check notifications.

But this can also be a privacy problem. If someone can read your Notifications (and if that’s a problem), you want to be able to disable this. Thankfully, you can do that on the iPhone/iPad. If you want to disable the Notification Center and the Control Center, here’s what you need to do.

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How to Disable Notification Center on Lockscreen Running iOS 8

Step #1. Open Settings on your iDevice.

Step #2. Tap on Touch ID & Passcode (if your iPhone/iPad does not have Touch ID then you will see only Passcode.)

Touch ID and Passcode Setting in iOS 8 on iDevice

Step #3. Then under ALLOW ACCESS WHEN LOCKED section, disable Today and Notifications View (turn off the switch for these.)

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How to Disable Notification Center on Lockscreen in iOS 8

After disabling these, you won’t be able to access the Notification Center. But you will still get those lock-screen notifications.

How to Disable Control Center on Lockscreen Running iOS 8

Step #1. Go to Settings.

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Step #2. Tap on Control Center.

Control Center Setting in iOS 8 on iDevice

Step #3. Then go on Access on Lock Screen and disable it.

How to Disable Control Center on Lockscreen in iOS 8

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After doing this, you cannot access the Control Center on the lock screen.

It is very much recommended that you disable the Control Center on the lock screen because it’s kind of obvious that anyone who has your iPhone will be able to turn off Wi-Fi or put the iPhone on Airplane mode even without entering the passcode. And that can be a huge problem in the case of a stolen iPhone/iPad.

In the case of the Notification Center, the threat of privacy intrusion is minimal. People can read parts of your notification (messages, Whatsapp, Facebook etc.) but they won’t be able to get beyond this and open the app because the iPhone will need to be unlocked.

That’s it!

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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