I hope you’re with me when I say: It’s annoying when people grab your phone and reads personal messages that you don’t want to share. Worry no more! Because we’ve come up with 2 methods that could help you how to hide your SMS on Android.
Privacy and security have always been a big issue for the Android Operating System. Even when messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Skype, and KakaoTalk emerged, this issue remained.
Af I’m not mistaken… Privacy and security are probably the biggest concerns for most Android users.
However, Android developers cope up with this issue and introduced cloud storage that makes sure that your data is safe.
For users, even if instant messaging is quite popular on Android, a lot of people still use SMS as a way of communication.
Bad news is, there are times when other people invade your privacy by reading your SMS.
Don’t worry! Be smart and just hide them!
So if you’re looking for a way to hide your incoming SMS and MMS from the default messaging app on your Android device, continue reading.
It’s not a secret that Android phones do feature lock screens in order to lock everything on your phone.
However, it might be annoying to enter the pattern or password every time you want to use your phone. If you’re fine with people accessing other data on your phone other than SMS messages, then the method mentioned below is the perfect option.
The methods below also help you to hide text message notifications on the lock screen. Also, you can hide incoming text messages from a specific contact as well.
How to Hide SMS Messages by Archiving Them
Archiving SMS messages on your Google messenger app will help you hide the texts you don’t want to be seen without having to delete them.
If you don’t already have the Google Messenger app, you can get it by clicking on the button below.
Open the Messager App
After opening the app, slide the message to the right to archive it.
See Your Archived Messages
To see the messages you archived, just tap on the three-dots menu and select Archived. they will be seen separately, no longer showing in the main interface.
How to Hide SMS Messages with a Third-Party App
There are many apps that can help you with this, but for the purpose of this article we’ll show you how to use one in particular, Message Locker (SMS Lock).
Download and Install the App
The app is free, with in-app purchases available.
Create and Confirm Your PIN
This will be necessary to access your hidden SMS messages. You will also have the opportunity to create a pattern, if you are more comfortable with that.
This is necessary in case you forget your PIN. If you have a really bad memory, we suggest you check out our list of Best Password Managers.
Choose Apps to Hide
You now have the chance to select what apps you want to hide, so if you want to hide your SMS messages, you should select your stock messaging app (or any messaging apps that you use and want to make private). If you’re looking for other messaging apps, you can check out our list of Best Messaging Apps.
Explore Other Options
By pressing the menu bar in the upper left-hand corner (three vertical lines) you can lock photos, clear junk, upgrade, or learn more about the app.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does SMS stand for?
MMS stands for Short Messaging Service which allows you to send text messages that have at most, 160 characters.
What’s the difference between MMS and SMS?
SMS stands for Short Message Service while MMS stands for Multimedia Messaging Service. MMS is used for sending media files such as photos while SMS is used to send a message composed of not more than 160 characters. In short, you cannot send media files in SMS!
Hide Your SMS Messages – Take Back Your Privacy
Whether you want to hide your messages from a specific person or you just want to keep your SMS messages private, you can follow the steps mentioned above to learn how to hide Text Messages, SMS and MMS on Android. Make sure that you follow the instructions properly and feel free to shoot any questions below.
You might also be interested in using a customizable SMS app instead of the default SMS app. You can check out our list of the 10 best SMS apps for Android. If you’ve previously deleted important messages from your phone in order to avoid others seeing them, then you can read the guide on how to retrieve deleted messages.
So what method did you try? Let us know your opinion in the comments down below!