How to hide alerts in Messages app on iPhone

Hide Message alert on iPhone

It’s frustrating when your iPhone keeps buzzing, especially when the conversation isn’t important or timely. By disabling notifications for that conversation, you can get rid of the annoying notifications or banners of incoming messages. In this post, I’ll demonstrate how to hide alerts in the Messages app on your iPhone.

How to hide message alerts from specific chats using iMessage

  1. Launch the Messages app on your iPhone → Open a conversation.
  2. Tap on the Profile icon.
  3. Toggle on Hide Alerts → Choose Done.

    Select the message, tap on the Profile icon, toggle on Hide Alerts, and choose Done

Additionally, you can also go to Messages → Slide the message from left to right → Tap on the bell icon.

Turn off notifications for mentions

Further, you can choose not to receive alerts when someone mentions you in any chat.

  1. Go to Settings → Messages.
  2. Under Mentions, toggle off Notify Me.

    Go to Settings, tap Messages, and toggle off Notify Me

How to hide message notifications from unknown contacts

In case you don’t want to receive texts from someone whose contact is already saved on your device and you don’t want to block that contact on your iPhone. You can follow the steps outlined below to delete the connection and send the SMS from the user in the Unknown Senders section in the Messages app.

Note: You can still read and reply to text messages from unknown senders, but you won’t get notifications for them.

  1. Launch the Contacts app.
  2. Tap the Search box on top of the screen.
  3. Search and tap the [Contact Name] → Select Edit.

    Tap the Search box, tap the Contact Name, and select Edit
  4. Scroll down and select Delete Contact → Confirm by tapping Delete Contact.

    Scroll down and select Delete Contact and confirm by tapping Delete Contact
  5. Now, exit the Contacts app → Go to the Settings app.
  6. Head to Messages → Tap Unknown & Spam under Message Filtering.
  7. Toggle on Filter Unknown Senders → Choose SMS Filter.

    Head to Messages, tap Unknown & Spam under, toggle on Filter Unknown Senders, and choose SMS Filter

Customize iPhone’s notification stack for the Messages app

Further, you can customize your notification stack to control how you receive your Messages app notifications.

  1. Navigate to Settings.
  2. Launch Notifications → Head to Messages.
  3. Tap the radio button beneath Lock Screen to disable it.

    Go to Notifications, head to Messages, and tap the radio button beneath Lock Screen to disable it

Additionally, you can also choose Notification Center, Banners, or all three of them. Here’s what each setting does:

  • Lock Screen: This setting prevents alerts from displaying on your Lock Screen.
  • Notification Center: Removes alerts from your Notification Center.
  • Banners: Prevents alerts from showing as banners on your iPhone.

Disable iMessage preview

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Notifications → Select Messages.

    Go to Notifications and select Messages
  3. Tap Show Preview → Select Never.

    Tap Show Preview and select Never

Note: If you only want to see message previews when you’re using your device, then choose When Unlocked. It is also the default option.


What is the hide alerts feature on iPhone messages?

When you enable the hide alerts function in Messages, it will conceal notifications from specific groups or contacts that you choose. All other communications will receive notifications. Additionally, messages from muted chats will still reach your iPhone but won’t be displayed.

Can you tell if someone has hidden your alerts on their iPhone?

No, there is presently no method to determine whether or not someone has hidden your notifications on their iPhone.

Does hiding alerts silence iPhone?

No, the hide alert feature will not silence your iPhone.

Final thoughts… 

Aside from the ways listed above, you may also silence the alerts by putting your iPhone in Do Not Disturb mode. iMessage is much more than a normal messaging app. To learn its true capabilities, check the complete guide on the Message app. Do you have any other Apple-related issues? Please leave them in the comments area, and I’ll do my best to solve them.

Read more:

Readers like you help support iGeeksBlog. When you make a purchase using links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Read more.

Author Profile

Bhaskar is a tech guru who turned wordsmith. Hiding his B.Tech degree in a closet, he ditched the corporate path to simplify tech for everyone. For the past 5 years, he's been dishing out how-tos, reviews, and sharp insights. But there's more! He's a witty interview champ and has been sharing his wisdom for 3 years. Furthermore, he has honed his editing skills for 1.5 years and is now delving into marketing to assist newcomers. When not jamming his fingers on those mechanical keyboards, you may find him on strings or engaging in sports. And by evening, his quotes will be appearing on your Instagram feeds.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.