Some people love the push notification system on their devices, others are not so keen. The system enables all notifications, i.e. emails, conversations, messages, etc., to be notified automatically to the user. However, it isn’t just the notification that is received on the device but the full contents of the message as well.
Image : PushPrivacy Lock for iPhone 5
For those that still want to receive the notifications but would rather the contents were not displayed there is a new jailbreak tweak on the way. It’s called PushPrivacy and its come from Ryan Petrich. What it does is allows the notification but hides the contents from the lock screen. Obviously, you do need to have a jailbroken device to be able to use this tweak. If you haven’t yet done so and have a device that is still on iOS 6 – 6.1.2 you can follow our guide to safe jailbreaking here. If you are on iOS 6.1.3/4 there may be a jailbreak available by the end of the year and those of you on iOS 7 you will have to wait for the new untethered jailbreak to be released. To install the tweak you will need to go to Ryan Petrich’s beta repo. If you haven’t already added it, here’s how to do it.
Downloading PushPrivacy Jailbreak Tweak :
- Open Cydia
- Tap on Manage then Tap on Sources
- Tap Edit and then tap Add
- Now type in http://rpetri.ch/repo
- Now you can search the repo for PushPrivacy and install it as you would any other tweak.
Using Push-Privacy :
As soon as it is installed, go to the native iOS Settings App where you will find a new preference panel. Tap on this and you will be presented with a whole host of toggles. These toggles will provide you with control over which apps can and can’t hide their content on the lock screen. With this tweak installed, you will still receive push notifications on the lock screen but, for those apps that you have specified it for, the contents will no longer be visible. You will just be informed of a new message or email or whatever the notification is for. If you combine PushPrivacy with a passcode you will find that your notifications are even more secure from prying eyes.
PushPrivacy is completely free although it is still in beta format at the moment. Tell us what you think of this tweak. Is it something you would use? Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date with the latest news.