(2019) How to Hide Text Messages on iPhone by Hiding iMessages or Using Secret Texting Apps

One of the things you might not know about your iPhone is how to hide text messages; it’s easier than you might think to keep a text message secret. You can lock or hide messages, and even turn off message preview on iPhone so that your personal information stays private. There are even some secret text messaging apps on the market for iPhone. Once you've chosen among the options we review, including Wire, CoverMe, and Signal, all of which have a free version, we'll show you how to hide your messenger app. If you are trying to figure out how to hide contacts, we will cover that while discussing how to lock iPhone messages and how to find hidden text messages.

Related: How to Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone

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Best Apps to Hide Text Messages

If you need to figure out how to hide messages on the iPhone, this post will show you your options. It’s not always easy to hide text messages and it can be equally hard to find hidden text messages so let’s dive in and see how it’s done!

CoverMe Private Text & Calls (Free, in-app purchases starting at $1.99)

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CoverMe Private is a great option if you need to find a way to hide messages on iPhone. You can actually use this app to encrypt and lock your calls and text messages; they’ll be secured with your touch ID password so you don’t have to worry about someone figuring out your code or password.

CoverMe is also great for those of you who need to lock or hide messages. They have a disappearing message feature that users really love. The app also assigns you a burner phone number to make your real number when you are sending text messages or phone calls, which can help protect your anonymity as well. This is a great option if you are looking for the best app to hide text messages.

Wire - Private Messenger (Free)

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This is another great option if you are looking for a way to hide messages or lock messages from being seen. It is encrypted from end to end, so only you and the receiver can see the messages and communications that you are sending.

Wire is great because it offers you the ability to do more than just hide text messages on iPhone. You can also send and receive files, FaceTime, call, and chat. It’s a more sophisticated secret texting app than some of the other options available.

Signal - Encrypted Call & Text App

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Signal is an awesome option for iPhone, but you can get the app on your iPad as well by following this tip. You can use Signal for private single or group chats, and everything is end-to-end encrypted. Voice or video calls are also offered, and you can even share media and files.

How to Hide Your Secret Texting/Messenger App on iPhone

If you find yourself using one or multiple secret texting apps on your iPhone to hide messages or lock messages, you should consider checking out this article. It’s a great way to hide certain apps on your iPhone and then find them later!

How to Turn Off Message Preview on iPhone

One of the easiest ways to hide text messages on the iPhone is to turn off the message preview that appears on the Lock screen. This does not hide messages or lock messages in your Messages app but it will keep a preview of the content of the message from popping up on your screen when they are delivered. This way you don’t have to worry about leaving your phone lying around. No one will be able to see your iPhone message preview if you turn off the settings!

  • Open the Settings app,  then tap on Notifications.
  • Scroll down and select Messages.

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  • Under Options, tap Show Previews.
  • Now, tap Never.

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  • If you don't want anyone to even know you got a message, you can return to Messages in the Notifications settings and first tap on Sounds.
  • Next, tap on Vibration, then choose None.
  • Return to the Sounds page one more time and select None under Tone.

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  • Finally, return to the Messages Notifications settings and tap to turn off Lock Screen, Notification Center, and Banner alerts.
  • The final option is to toggle Allow Notifications off. You will need to remember to open your Messages app regularly to see if you have received any new messages because your phone will no longer alert you in any way. 

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How to Back Up a Text Conversation but Not See It Anymore

If you want to hide your messages on iPhone or keep messages that you hide or lock without actually having them on your phone, you do have another option. You can save the conversation to your computer and then delete it from your device. Another way you can save a text conversation but not see it anymore is to take screenshots of the conversation and save those to your computer, a disc or thumb drive, and then delete the conversation.

These options are helpful if you want to hide text messages or keep them private without having to use an app or different service.

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Becca is a blogger, freelance writer, and iDevice addict. She lives in the middle of the Arizona desert with her husband and two boys, and can't imagine life getting any better. Read about her crazy life at MyCrazyGoodLife.com, or connect with her on twitter @BeccaLudlum