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    I need an app on my phone that will NOT show up as an icon. I have one contact that I need to be completely hidden from my phone. I would like to be able to receive text messages from that contact without getting any type of notifications. Such as if I lay my phone down and this contact texts me, I will not know until. I look at the phone myself. I would like for the app to be camouflage in some sort of way that it just looks like a regular application.
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    Default Re: is there a way to hide text messages from one certain contact?

    I am unaware of any such app.
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    1. Don't "lay your phone down".
    2. Turn notifications off for all text messages.
    3. Use a "burner" phone.
    4. Tell that contact not to text you on your phone.
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    Set up the contact and share it to your email account. Then hide it in a folder. Then delete from contacts.


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    Yup use a cheater phone...
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    Easy and no other parts
    1. Enter the conversation
    2. Hold on any message
    3. Press More...
    4. Select all messages to be deleted
    5. That's all folks
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    I have a app called SMS secret. It encrypts the text. Both sender and recipient have to have the app.

    You send the message in the app the recipient get the text in the Apple messages app but it's encrypted.
    When they tap on the encrypted text it opens SMS Secret App which is password protected by drawing a pattern. Once the app is open you can read the text.
    It's cool I guess for texting sensitive material. If a person can unlock your phone the can see that a encrypted text was received or sent but they can't open the SMS Secret App without the pattern password.
    It was free when I got it a few days ago on sale.

    SMS Secret For iOS 8 by Hai Dao Ngoc
    https://appsto.re/us/dVqw2.i


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    That app ↑↑looks like your best bet! Then you can hide the app off in a folder with other unused apps like Newsstand. You could even nest the app deep in the folder.


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    iEds suggestions could work, but you will still receive push notifications, only with gibberish (might raise suspicion, if you want to avoid that).

    Alternatively, consider using an IM app. If you use it just with that contact, you can disable all notifications. Telegram would be a good option, its free. I happen to know that you can indefinitely silence certain contacts (you wont receive any push notifications), you can lock the app down with a passcode or Touch ID and send encrypted chats than can expire after a certain time/when viewed. Its also a fairly lightweight app that wont use much space or energy. For secretive purposes probably one of the securer options.
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    I just discovered a neat wee change in iOS 8.2. When you enable Do Not Disturb for a conversation in Messages (open the conversation > Details > Do Not Disturb), you won’t receive any visual or audible notifications for that thread anymore. So when you put your contact on DND, it would hide it from view and only show new messages when you actually open the Messages app.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eitot View Post
    I just discovered a neat wee change in iOS 8.2. When you enable Do Not Disturb for a conversation in Messages (open the conversation > Details > Do Not Disturb), you wont receive any visual or audible notifications for that thread anymore. So when you put your contact on DND, it would hide it from view and only show new messages when you actually open the Messages app.
    Yeah that has been out since 8.0!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac Techie View Post
    Yeah that has been out since 8.0!
    But you would still receive visible notifications on the lock screen or at the top of the device. This is different in 8.2, you won’t see anything anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac Techie View Post
    Easy and no other parts
    1. Enter the conversation
    2. Hold on any message
    3. Press More...
    4. Select all messages to be deleted
    5. That's all folks
    Exactly what I stated earlier
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    Default Re: Is there a way to hide text messages from one certain contact?

    So I've tried finding an app and I can't find one at all. Which is seriously ridiculous. There are a lot of these apps on android. (I seriously miss my my android phone and will be going back asap) So basically Apple sucks
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    I found it!!!!. Stop cheating on your significant other... If your a teenager get off your parents phone plan get a job and pay for one yourself Then you will have nothing to hide!!
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    Thank you Tool it never amazes me anymore the lengths people go to cheat if you have to hide something from the person you are with you should not be with them. I am battling with that now in feel he is hiding something from me and it kills me inside to think I am not what he wants I was looking up a slot game he plays because the notification pops up at random times and when searching it hurts my heart to soo all the apps cheaters cam use to hurt other people if you are not vested why be with them !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by iMore Question View Post
    I need an app on my phone that will NOT show up as an icon. I have one contact that I need to be completely hidden from my phone. I would like to be able to receive text messages from that contact without getting any type of notifications. Such as if I lay my phone down and this contact texts me, I will not know until. I look at the phone myself. I would like for the app to be camouflage in some sort of way that it just looks like a regular application.
    I want to try this out
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    For everyone here who is assuming he/she is cheating, my partner and I would love to have an app that does this. Why? Because the kid picks our phones up and reads our messages. Most of the time we are messaging about the kid! No cheating, but a definite need to hide it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chale13 View Post
    For everyone here who is assuming he/she is cheating, my partner and I would love to have an app that does this. Why? Because the kid picks our phones up and reads our messages. Most of the time we are messaging about the kid! No cheating, but a definite need to hide it!
    Keep the phones locked with a passcode/password.
    Tell the kids not to pick up your phones.
    Tell/teach the kids especially to respect other people's privacy and that it's not okay to read anyone's messages without that person's permission.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SwitchBeach View Post
    Keep the phones locked with a passcode/password.
    Tell the kids not to pick up your phones.
    Tell/teach the kids especially to respect other people's privacy and that it's not okay to read anyone's messages without that person's permission.
    ^this
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    What she said! ↑↑
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florida Snoecat View Post
    Thank you Tool it never amazes me anymore the lengths people go to cheat if you have to hide something from the person you are with you should not be with them. I am battling with that now in feel he is hiding something from me and it kills me inside to think I am not what he wants I was looking up a slot game he plays because the notification pops up at random times and when searching it hurts my heart to soo all the apps cheaters cam use to hurt other people if you are not vested why be with them !!
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    Default Re: Is there a way to hide text messages from one certain contact?

    I'm on here cause of that right now so I'm trying to learn as much as possible about the iPhone cause o have suspicions
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    Same. Trying to get the truth because he pegs me as being technologically naive and is telling me things that seem highly improbable. See my recent post about FaceTime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SwitchBeach View Post
    1. Don't "lay your phone down".
    2. Turn notifications off for all text messages.
    3. Use a "burner" phone.
    4. Tell that contact not to text you on your phone.
    This is funny, the typical cheating rules lol
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