1. Tedology's Avatar
    Hello all,

    Fairly new to Android and coming from iPhone.

    Just wondering if there's any way to have my incoming text messages preview on the lock and/or home screen (as done with the iPhone)?

    Thanks!
    04-15-2014 12:48 AM
  2. jaxsta's Avatar
    You sure can.
    Go into your messaging app, then select the 3 vertical dots at the top right hand corner of your screen.
    Select setting, then notifications.
    You should then see an option under "preview message" to tick a box to view on lock screen and/or status bar.
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    04-15-2014 01:13 AM
  3. Tedology's Avatar
    Awesome! Thanks so much for taking the time to respond and help, Jaxsta.
    04-15-2014 10:11 AM
  4. blackmagicwoman's Avatar
    Thanks for the information you provided. I was wondering too. That's the beauty of Android Central.

    Sent from my sweet, sassy, southern and soulful White Galaxy Note 3.
    04-15-2014 11:38 AM
  5. garyfullness's Avatar
    i dont have the preview message option. Im using a Sony Xperia Z2.
    05-09-2014 08:10 AM
  6. Chris Coates's Avatar
    You could always switch your messaging app to google hangouts? The hangouts widgets is one which can be displayed on the lock screen (swipe right on the clock widget on the lock screen to add a widget).
    02-16-2015 06:57 AM
  7. catco73's Avatar
    I updated my software this morning. I am having a problem with the preview messages. When I try to change the settings for the preview messages nothing changes. I tried rebooting my phone and it doesn't work. Also, when I did the update it asked me for settings for this function and I chose to hide the contents but now I would like to change that. Any idea how to do that?
    03-03-2015 12:59 PM
  8. Danielle Downs's Avatar
    You sure can.
    Go into your messaging app, then select the 3 vertical dots at the top right hand corner of your screen.
    Select setting, then notifications.
    You should then see an option under "preview message" to tick a box to view on lock screen and/or status bar.
    I am using the Moto G and I don't have the option to preview text. Please help. Thanks.
    06-16-2015 09:36 PM
  9. Laura Dodgen's Avatar
    It will preview in my lock screen, but not my home screen...help!
    04-17-2018 01:27 PM
  10. Laura Dodgen's Avatar
    It will preview on my lock screen, but not my home screen... by ow do I get it to preview on the home screen as well?
    04-17-2018 01:28 PM
  11. clintcollins920's Avatar
    I'm using an LG Stylo 3 Plus. I don't have the option to "preview messages" in my message app settings. I've also tried several different messaging apps. Any other ideas?
    04-20-2018 05:51 PM
  12. ThinkJohn's Avatar
    I'm using an LG Stylo 3 Plus. I don't have the option to "preview messages" in my message app settings. I've also tried several different messaging apps. Any other ideas?

    I found the solution! This bug is affecting all smartphones with face detection. By default, android disabled the preview of messages on lock screen while the face detection is turned on. It's understandable since when you lift your phone and it detects your face, it automatically directs you to the source of the notification.

    What I did to my Huawei P20 Pro:

    1. I set my lock screen notifications to "Display"
    2. I deleted my face data.
    3. Tried sending myself a message and right away pressing the standby button to check if there's a preview and voila! The preview is enabled.
    4. I enabled my face detection again to see if it will remove the preview but i didn't.
    5. Try switching the face detection option to "slide to unlock" if you just want to check the preview and don't want to unlock your phone totally.

    I hope this helps!
    06-08-2018 05:35 AM

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