Putting Stop Spam Messages on iPhone is a way to know which messages are important or trash. Are you getting a ton of spam text messages? How annoying is it to be interrupted with a notification on your iPhone, only for it to be yet another junk message? Here’s a secret: you can make these go away using a feature already in iOS. It’s just a little hidden.

Here’s how to Stop Spam Messages on iPhone

  • 1. Open Settings
  • Scroll down and down and down until you find Messages. Tap it.
  • 2. Scroll until you find “Filter Unknown Messages”
  • This is the magic. Turn it on. You’ll have to scroll almost three pages to find this thing, but it’s worth it.
How To Stop Spam Messages on iPhone
How To Stop Spam Messages on iPhone

That’s it

Now, if you go into your messages app, you’ll see tabs at the top of the screen. On the left will be “Contacts & SMS” which will contain messages from known contacts in your address book. On the right will be the new “Unknown Senders” tab.

How To Stop Spam Messages on iPhone

When you get a message from a sender, not in your address book, you won’t get a notification. Instead, it will be dropped into this tab.

Warning: Once “Filter Unknown Senders” is enabled, it becomes very important to add all legitimate senders to your address book. Any message from a number not in your contacts will wind up in the Unknown Senders tab. If you’re expecting a text from someone you know, be sure to enter them into your address book. Otherwise, you’ll have to scan this list to see if there’s anything new you need to pay attention to.

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