Fix: New notification content hidden on Android

If you have a Samsung phone, you may have noticed that anytime you receive a notification, whether SMS or email, the display on your screen says Content Hidden.

That is because the content gets hidden when you have locked your screen. Thus, the only way of viewing the content is to unlock your phone.

Generally, the notifications feature lets you preview your new message or alerts when you have locked your screen, allowing you to read them without unlocking your phone. But if it says Content hidden, you must figure out how to unhide it.

You can turn off the content hidden notification in your phone’s settings.

But if you have a Samsung phone, the notification option has three settings:

  1. Show conversations, default and silent
  2. Hide silent conversations and notifications
  3. Don’t show any notifications.

Hide silent conversations and notifications is the default option on Samsung devices running Android 12 and above.

Note: Other Android phones have a different setting for hiding or showing a notification when you have locked your screen.

What does notification content hidden mean on Samsung?

The new notification content is not visible because it:

  • Hides sensitive messages.
  • Ensures privacy by preventing people from snipping into your messages.
  • Protects your personal information.

Although the feature may be handy, it is also possible that you may want to view notifications without unlocking your phone.

How to unhide contents of notifications in Android

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You can unhide notification content in different Android devices through these steps:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Scroll down until you locate Display.
  • Go to the Lock display section.
  • Tap on Lock Screen.
  • Select Privacy. Three options will pop up; Show all notification content, Show sensitive Content only when unlocked, and Don’t show notifications at all.
  • Select Show all notification content.
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After selecting the option, go back to your phone and lock the screen. If you get a message, you will preview it without unlocking your phone.

Note: The procedure may vary on different devices and Android versions. We have covered some of them below.

How to unhide content on Samsung Android 12

If you have a Samsung device running Android 12, here is how to unhide notification content:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Scroll to Notifications.
  • Scroll down to the bottom and select Notifications on the locked screen. A popup with three options will appear; Show conversations, default and silent, Hide silent conversations and notifications and Don’t show any notifications.
  • To Unhide Notification Content, select Show conversations, default and silent

Once you lock your phone, you will preview all messages or notifications you receive without unlocking it.

How to unhide notifications on other Android devices

Android devices have different ways of showing or hiding screen notifications. If the above procedure doesn’t work, try the following:

  • Open phone Settings.
  • Tap on Apps & notifications.
  • Select Notifications.
  • Tap the option labelled On Lock Screen.
  • Select either Show All notification content, Hide Sensitive Content and Don’t show notifications in the pop-up window.
  • Confirm your selection.
If you choose to show all notification content, you will preview messages, social media engagements, and emails with your phone locked.

However, even if your phone shows new notification content is hidden, you can still restrict specific applications on your lock screen.

How to hide or unhide notifications for specific apps

App Notifications
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Although you may want to unhide notifications to make it easier to read messages, some information is too sensitive for anybody to read, even when you have locked your device.

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Therefore, you can hide or unhide notifications for specific Android apps on Android 12. Here is how:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap on Notifications.
  • Scroll down and select See All. A list of the most recent apps will display.
  • Find the app that you want to hide its notifications.
  • Select the app (e.g., Messages).
  • Tap on Notifications.
  • Toggle Off All Messages notifications to turn off notifications for Messages or that specific app.

If the Show notifications option is off, toggle it to turn on all notifications for the app.


When you see Content Hidden in your notifications on Android, you cannot preview an email or text message when you receive it if you have locked your phone.

Therefore, you must unlock your phone to view the Content. However, you can disable the feature to allow the preview of notifications without unlocking your phone.

You can show notifications for specific apps on your device and lock other applications.

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