How to Enable or Disable Notifications on Lock Screen in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps you can take to turn Off or On notifications on the lock screen in Ubuntu Linux.

By default, Ubuntu Linux displays system notifications on the lock screen and on the desktop.

These notifications help you stay informed and updated with almost everything happening on your device. In some instances, you may not want your notifications displayed on the lock screen when you’re not around and/or in public areas.

The lock screen shows a background curtain that get displayed when you locked your computer or step away for a moment and your computer goes idle and lock itself.

When your screen is locked, notifications appear on the lock screen. You can configure the lock screen to hide these notifications for privacy reasons.

How to turn on or off lock screen notifications in Ubuntu Linux

For privacy reasons, you may not want notifications display on the lock screen when using Ubuntu Linux.

The steps below show you how to enable or disable it.

Ubuntu Linux has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating, all can be done from the System Settings panel.

To get to System Settings, open the Activities overview and start typing Settings.

Alternatively, click on the System menu at the top-right corner of the top bar on your desktop.

On the System menu, select Settings as highlighted below

In the Settings app, click on Notifications in the sidebar to open the panel.

There, switch Lock Screen Notifications to off to disable displaying notifications on the lock screen.

To enable, simply switch the Lock Screen Notifications button to On.

You can also show or hide notifications on the lock screen by going to System menu -> Settings -> Privacy -> Screen and toggling the switch to the Off or On position on the Show Notifications on Lock Screen tile.

That should do it! You can now close the Settings app.


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