Found a smart iPhone hack that prevents people from reading texts over your shoulder
WANT to hide texts from your iPhone? It’s very simple and you don’t need any special apps to do it.
This is possible directly through Apple’s own iMessage system in the Messages app.
It is the main chat app preinstalled on all new iPhone models.
The big advantage is that it prevents people looking over your shoulder from reading your texts.
But it also means that anyone who takes a quick glance at your phone or scrolls through it won’t immediately see your messages.
The feature is called Invisible Ink, and it’s seriously addictive.
Every time you send an Invisible Ink message, it will be scrawled on the screen.
This is true for you and the recipient as well.
Only when you long press the message can you bring it up.
If someone looks over your shoulder, they’ll just see empty messages – as detailed in a viral TikTok clip.
It’s also a great tip for sending funny surprises to friends.
And if you regularly discuss movie and TV show spoilers in group chats, this is a great way to avoid spoiling the fun for everyone involved.
Unfortunately, this only works in iMessage – so you can’t use the feature on WhatsApp.
How to use invisible ink on your iPhone
Go to Messages, then open an iMessage chat with someone.
Type a message as you normally would.
But instead of pressing Send, just press and hold the icon with your finger.
This prompts a hidden menu to appear.
You’ll want to choose the bottom option: Invisible Ink.
Select it, then press Send.
Now your message will be hidden until you tap on it.
It will eventually fade again, requiring another press to display it.
On larger messages, you’ll need to hold or tap different parts of the text to unlock everything.
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