Turn Off Text Messages On Ipad

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Add Focus Categories and Share Settings

Tap the plus (+)icon in the top-right corner of the Focus screen if you want to add even more categories for Focus. You can select categories such as Fitness, Gaming, Mindfulness, or Reading. Select Custom to create your own category and follow the steps to set up allowed people and apps. Under the list of categories, you can enable Share Across Devices to save all your Do Not Disturb and Focus settings across all your other devices. 

February 24, 2015

iPad tip — turn off Messages if you share your iPad Apple is always trying to make its different products work well together.  Indeed, one of the marquee features of iOS 8 is continuity, which lets you, for example, answer a call placed to your iPhone from your computer or iPad, and lets you handoff an email or a website from one device to another.  But some folks might not want their Apple products cooperating quite so much.  While I bring my iPad back and forth to work every day, so it is always with me, I know many attorneys who often leave their iPads at home.  And even if your iPad is always with you, you may not be the sole user — for example, you may let your kids use it on the weekends to play a game. While talking to another lawyer last week, who will remain anonymous, I was reminded that the cooperation between your Apple devices might be a bad thing if you are not the only one using your devices.  This lawyer often leaves his iPad at home, and his kids sometimes use it after school.  But his iPad is also signed in to his Messages account, which means that if someone sends him a text message while he is at work, that message appears on not only his iPhone, but also his iPad.  (And it can be responded to from either device.)  As a result, he learned that text messages sent to him that were intended only for his eyes were also showing up on his iPad at home, while it was being used by his son.  Whoops. If you want to limit your text messages to your iPhone because others have access to your iPad, there are a few ways to do so. In the Settings app on your iPad, if you select Messages on the left, you will see several options on the right.  The first one is an on/off switch.  If you turn that off, new texts will not appear on your iPad.  When you want to start seeing texts again, just turn the switch on. That's a quick solution, but it requires you to remember to turn the switch on and off again.  Also, if anyone using your iPad happened to flip the switch, they could start seeing your texts too. Another solution is to sign out of your iMessages account.  To do so, once again open the Settings app and go to Messages, but this time tap the Send & Receive option.  On the next screen, your Apple ID is shown at the top — tap it.  This brings up a window that gives you four options, the last option of which is Sign Out.  Once you select this, your iPad will stop receiving messages, and the only way that anyone can get them to start showing up again is to log back in using your Apple ID username and password — and when they do so, you will get alerts on your other devices, such as your iPhone, that your iPad is now using your account to get messages. Note, however, that anyone with access to your iPad can still open your Messages app and read your old texts, even if you have stopped new texts from coming in.  If you don't want that to happen, go to the Messages app, tap Edit at the top left, and then select each of your prior conversations and then tap delete at the bottom.  In my tests, this only deleted conversations on the iPad and did not also delete the conversations on my iPhone. Of course, if you are going to this extreme to protect the confidentiality of your texts, remember that anyone using your iPad can also access other sensitive information.  If you are logged in to email on your iPad, they can read your emails.  If you have privileged and confidential documents in your GoodReader or your Word apps, they can read that. For years, I have heard people say that they want a way to have multiple users on an iPad, much as you can do on a Mac or PC, so that multiple people can log in and log out on the same iPad without seeing the documents and information that belongs to someone else.  Apple has never implemented this feature, and I'm not sure that they ever will. Perhaps the only true solution is to use my approach:  don't let anyone else have access to your iPad.  Over the years, I have upgraded to newer iPad models, which means that we have an older iPad 2 and iPad 3 in my house that we now let our kids use, during appropriate times during the week.  Those iPads don't have access to my text messages, my emails, my documents, etc. and instead both are loaded up with educational and game apps that my kids like to use.  When my kids get older, I know that they are other issues that I will have to think about such as their ability to access the dark corners of the Internet in the Safari app.  For now, I have turned off access to Safari and certain other apps by opening the Settings app and going to General -> Restrictions -> Enable Restrictions, where you can selectively turn on or off apps like Safari, FaceTime, and Siri.  Having said that, I know that there will come a time in the future when they have a legitimate need to do research on the Internet using the Safari app, and then I'll have to open up that can of worms. Whatever approach you take, just make sure that it is a conscious one that you thought about beforehand.  Otherwise, you might think that you are texting in private with your spouse or someone else, only to learn afterwards that you were not so private after all. Permalink

How to Hide Text Messages on iPhone by Turning Off Message Preview

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!

How to Hide iMessages by Turning Off Message Preview:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap on Notifications.
  3. Scroll down and select Messages.
  4. Under Options, tap Show Previews.
  5. Now, tap Never.
  6. 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.
  7. Next, tap on Vibration.
  8. Choose None.
  9. Return to the Sounds page one more time and select None under Alert Tones.
  10. Finally, return to the Messages Notifications settings and tap to turn off Lock Screen, Notification Center, and Banner alerts.
  11. 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.

Customize Focus for Driving

Under Focus > Driving, turn on the Driving switch to manually silence phone calls, texts, and other notifications while you’re driving. To allow notifications from specific people, tap the People entry and add the necessary contacts. You can also allow calls from everyone, no one, favorites, or all contacts, and allow repeated calls.

Tap Focus Status and enable Share Focus Status under the Driving screen to allow apps to tell people who contact you that notifications are silenced. Tap Auto Reply to determine who should receive an automated response when notifications are disabled. You can also compose a custom auto-reply message.

Under the Driving menu, tap the While Driving option to select notifications when driving, when connected to your car’s Bluetooth, or manually. You can also activate this mode when your iPhone connects with CarPlay

How to Disable Push Notifications

  1. Open your Settings app.
  2. Tap Notifications on the left-hand side of your screen.
  3. Swipe up until you see a list of your apps.
  4. Find the app you want to turn off notifications for and tap it.

Remember the types of notifications we talked about above? This is where they live. So, choose the type you want, or tap None to turn them off. If you want to get rid of the red number on the corner of the app, slide the switch next to Badges to off. You can also change the Sounds to None in order to disable sounds.

Notifications have to be disabled on an app by app basis. There is no way to turn of notifications on all apps at once, but this makes sense because you will likely not want to disable all alerts…just the annoying ones!

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Unpin a conversation

You can unpin specific conversations at the top of the Messages list.

Do any of the following:

  • Touch and hold a conversation, then drag the message to the bottom of the list.

  • Touch and hold a conversation, then tap .

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More Options for Do Not Disturb in iOS 12

Another useful option, particularly for teens, is the ability to turn on Do Not Disturb while Driving. This is a handy feature that was included in iOS 12. When this is on, your iPhone uses its accelerometer to automatically detects when you are moving at the speed of a car and it turns on Do Not Disturb for you. It can even send a text message to people who try to contact you, letting them know that you are driving and that you will read their message when you get to your destination. You can turn it on by going to Settings > Do Not Disturb > Do Not Disturb While Driving > Activate.

You can also set custom Do Not Disturb times for bedtime. When enabled, Do Not Disturb will automatically turn on at the time you like to go to bed, and turn off when you like to wake up. It will also dim your screen so that your phone will not light up in the middle of the night when notifications arrive, and send all notifications to the Notifications Center until you wake up. That way, you won't be tempted to pick up your phone in the middle of the night and see what's on the lock screen. You can schedule Do Not Disturb times for bedtime by going to Settings > Do Not Disturb, and turning on the Scheduled and Bedtime switches.

How Do I See Hidden Text Messages?

Unfortunately, there’s not a one-size-fits-all answer to this question, and that’s simply because there are so many ways to hide messages.

If it’s just that the message preview is hidden but the message wasn’t deleted, the message will still appear in the Messages app and can be searched for even if they’re not readily visible. If the message was hidden via a third-party app, the access method will vary depending on the app and the user’s settings. If a user deleted the message or conversation, unfortunately, it won’t be accessible on the device anymore, but may be recoverable if messages are being synced to iCloud. Next, learn how to find hidden or missing apps on your iPhone.

A Free Way to Backup iPhone Messages

From the above, you know how to stop sharing text messages between iPhone and iPad. You do not want iPad to show you messages because you care about your privacy. After all, some messages mean a lot to you. To ensure that you will never lose any important messages, you’d better back them up regularly.

iCloud offers a way to backup messages. However, there’s only 5 GB of free storage space. It will definitely run out sooner or later. Fortunately, there’s one third-party iPhone backup tool that can help you backup messages in an easier way.

AOMEI MBackupper is one iOS data backup & transfer tool specially designed for Windows PC. It will help you backup selected iMessages/SMS/MMS messages from iPhone to computer. Besides, you can restore messages to your iPhone or any other iDevice if you want (No data erasing).

See how to use this tool:

Download and install AOMEI MBackupper. This tool supports most iPhone models from iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone 11/iPhone SE 2020/12 and is fully compatible with the latest iOS 14.

Secure Download

1. Launch AOMEI MBackupper > Connect iPhone to computer via USB cable > Enter passcode on iPhone so the tool can access your device.

2. Click Custom Backup option > Choose Messages to select the messages you want to backup > Click OK to confirm.

3. Choose the backup path > Click Start Backup button to start backing up your messages.


  • You cannot add a phone number to the block list without the number either contacting you or being in your Contacts list.

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  • Unfortunately, iOS doesn’t allow you to block all texts except accepted numbers. You can only block specific contacts and numbers that have texted you first.

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Switch from a Messages conversation to a FaceTime audio or video call

In a Messages conversation, you can start a FaceTime audio or video call with the person you’re chatting with.

  1. In a Messages conversation, tap .

  2. Tap FaceTime audio or FaceTime video.


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