How to Hide Incoming SMS Text Messages on the Apple iPhone

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How to Hide Incoming SMS Text Messages on the Apple iPhone
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The Apple iPhone with AT&T is a very practical cell phone for busy business people. Communicating through SMS text messaging is a quick way to contact people without having to interrupt your schedule. The Apple iPhone will alert you everytime you have a new text message by displaying the text message on the screen as well as with a sound you may have programmed with it. If you are in an important meeting and can't be distracted with text messages and sound alerts, you can hide incoming text messages and alerts. You can simply check the messaging centre later to read the text message.

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  1. 1

    Touch the "Settings" icon with your finger.

  2. 2

    Scroll down until you see the "Sounds" icon. Open with your finger.

  3. 3

    Scroll down to "New Text Message" and open with your finger. A screen will load with sound alerts. Click on "None," which is listed first. A check mark will appear. This will enable a sound alerting you to a text message. Touch the word "Sounds" at the top of the screen to go back to the Sounds menu.

  4. 4

    Touch the word "Settings" at the top of the screen. The settings page will load again. Scroll down to "Messages" and open it.

  5. 5

    Slide the "Show Preview," "Repeat Alert" and "Show Subject Field" to the "Off" postions. This will hide the actual text message and subject of the text from appearing on your screen.

  6. 6

    Touch the word "Settings" at the top of the screen. It will take you back to the settings menu. Press the "Menu Screen" button at the bottom middle of the phone to go back to your iPhone application screen.

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