IOS Bug Workaround: How To Prevent Siri From Reading Out Hidden Notifications

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Siri privacy bug lets it read out most hidden message content on a locked iPhone

But most people like their phone to display a clock when it's locked - a feature that's admittedly very convenient - and once you have made one exception, it's easy to get sucked into a maze of other lockscreen exceptions, including allowing alarms to go off, accessing the camera, and popping up notifications about messages that are worth unlocking your phone to read. But Siri can read out messages, even with this setting set to "When Unlocked", which can be a privacy faux pas, since anyone will be able to hear your messages.

Fortunately, any messages or notifications sent to Apple's own Messages app, iMessage, are still protected. And while the bug only applies to third-party notifications - as opposed to Apple's own Messages app - the popularity of third-party messaging services from the likes of WhatsApp certainly makes the bug something to worry about. The good news is that Apple is aware of the issue and that a fix is on the way.

"We are aware of the issue and it will be addressed in an upcoming software update", Apple said in a statement given to the publication. The latest update, iOS 11.2.6 has some awful UI issues and fails to address the battery drain issue.

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Apple has acknowledged the problem and promised a fix soon. The primary device user unlocks the phone and notifications with Face ID facial recognition software, which is an excellent feature for security and privacy purposes. And keeping aside those battery draining issues and applications being unresponsive, iOS 11 bugs didn't even spare the $1,000 iPhone X. Without checking if it was the user issuing the command, Siri would begin to reel off all of the notifications aloud, including those designated as hidden. This will hide the content of your notifications on the lock screen.

If you ask Siri to read text notifications, she'll tell you to unlock your phone.

Another option is to turn off lock screen notifications to apps you think to carry sensitive information.

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