Control Center Lock screen

By default, access to Notification Center and Control Center is available system-wide on iOS, meaning that you can access both features from the Lock screen, from the Home screen, and from any app. These two features are very convenient, but can also represent a security or privacy concern. With that in mind, iDB reader Eric asked us this morning on Twitter how to disable both grabbers for Notification and Control Center on the Lock screen. In this post we will show you how to do just that.

How to disable Notification Center on the Lock screen

Unlike what you might expect, you won’t find settings for Notification Center Lock screen access in the Notification Center tab of the Settings app. Instead, it is tucked in the Touch ID & Passcode tab, most likely because of the security and privacy concerns I mentioned above.

Step 1: Go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode (it will show only Passcode if you don’t have a Touch ID capable device).

Step 2: If you have an active passcode on your device, you will be asked to enter it to proceed.

Step 3: Scroll down to the Allow access when locked section.

Step 4: Turn off the Today and Notifications View toggles.

Turn off Notification Center on Lock screen

Once this is done, you won’t be able to access Notification Center from the Lock screen. To revert it back to its original state, just follow the same directions and turn Today and Notifications View back on.

How to disable Control Center on the Lock screen

Hiding Control Center from the Lock screen is a little more straight forward than doing the same with Notification Center.

Step 1: Go to Settings > Control Center.

Step 2: Turn the Access on Lock Screen toggle off.

Turn off Control Center Lock screen

Once this is done, you will still be able to access both features when the device is unlocked, but assuming you have a passcode on your device, no one will be able to peak at your pending notifications or access some of the vital settings of your iOS device.