How to disable Lock screen notifications for specific Passbook cards

How to disable Lock screen notifications for specific Passbook cards

If you use Passbook frequently on your iPhone, you may have noticed that certain passes can use your location and appear on your Lock screen while you're within the immediate area. This is so you can quickly and easily swipe up on your Lock screen to use your pass. The downside of this feature: no passcode is required by default, which could give someone access to your passes without your consent. If you're worried about privacy, but don't want to disable this feature entirely, never fear: You can turn it off on a card-by-card basis.

How to disable Lock screen access for specific Passbook cards

  1. Launch the Passbook app on your iPhone.
  2. Find the pass that you want to disable Lock screen alerts for and tap it to select it.
  3. Tap the Info button in the lower right corner of the pass.
  4. Turn Off the option for Show on Lock screen.

How to disable Lock screen notifications for specific Passbook cards

Note: Originally published, March 2013. Updated, December 2014.

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Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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How to disable Lock screen notifications for specific Passbook cards


'Shown on lock screen' is neither visible on my Starbucks nor Dunkin Donuts cards. It was on my United Air Lines. Do you have an explanation? Thank you for the advice.

Yes you only see it on the passes that are set up to use location services and show on your lock screen. Some don't have that capability. With Starbucks, I am assuming you haven't set a home store or you don't have that enabled which is why you don't see it.

I was disappointed to find out you cannot simply turn these off in Settings Menu. To open the app and then turn it off seems odd due to notification center.

You can globally turn off all Passbook notifications via the settings menu. You only have to go into the app to do it one by one, if you desire, by modifying the individual passes.

Ally, unlike iOS 7 when you wrote this, as of today in iOS 8.1.2 regarding this repost, Apple doesn't allow a fine-grained ability to turn individual Passbook card notifications on or off only on the lock screen.

Looks like the user can either turn all notifications on or off at the Passbook App level in Settings or individual card level in the card's Info panel from what I can see.