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How to Block Text Messages on iPhone?

No one likes spam messages that take up unnecessary space in our smartphone’s inbox. Sometimes it’s a brand promoting a product, sometimes, it’s an app constantly pushing out notifications through SMS, and sometimes it is even an individual we want to avoid. Getting spammed is an annoying experience that everyone would like to get rid of.

Getting spams on social media platforms is easily manageable as one can block them out. But with SMS spam, things are a bit different. Before iOS 14 was released, SMS filtering features were minimal for iOS users. But that is not the case anymore. Now there are different ways an iPhone user can block SMSes from individuals or organizations that are not important to them. So this article will be a guide for all those iPhone users who are looking for a way to block all spam messages. Now, without any further ado, let’s get into it.

How to Block Text Messages on iPhone?

How to Block Text Messages on iPhone( for iOS 14 users)?

As it is evident from the title, you will need to have iOS 14 on your iOS device for this method to work. Apple provides iOS updates for their smartphone for a long time, and even the iPhone 6s is eligible for the iOS 14 update. So if you have not already updated your iPhone to iOS 14, do it and then follow the steps mentioned below.

With the arrival of iOS 14, there are different ways to block spam messages on iPhones now.

Blocking Spam contact:

Spam messages from a particular sender are easy to block, and it takes only a few taps on the screen. This block will be specific to only the one particular contact that you choose to block.

  • Open the conversation with all the spam messages from a particular sender.
  • Tap on the sender’s name or number at the top of the conversation page.
  • Tap on the info button that shows up after that.
  • The sender’s available information will show up on your screen. Here, tap on info again and then tap on the “Block this Caller” option. Tap on “Block contact” to confirm your action.

Now you won’t be receiving any more messages from this particular contact anymore. This method works like a charm if you are looking to block one particular contact and not every potential spam contact.

Use Filter for spam messages:

We now have several filter options for our SMSes, making it easier to block out spam messages without blocking every sender on the list. Most of the time, spammers use more than one number to send out spam messages, and blocking them one by one will take some time, and you might even possibly miss some of them. So using a filter for this scenario is a more efficient option.

  • Open up Settings on your iPhone.
  • Naviagte to Messages -> Unknown & Spam.
  • Then enable the toggle for the “Filter Unknown Senders” option. Once this is turned on, all the SMSes from unknown contacts will end up in a separate list on your iPhone.

So both these methods will help you keep your inbox cleaner and organized. With the first method, you can effectively block any particular sender, and that is the method you should follow if you are looking to block SMSes from a particular sender. And if you are looking to keep your important text messages show up in your inbox and put the spam messages in a separate list away from your eyes, then the second method will work great for you.

Blocking marketing messages:

iPhone users struggled a lot with marketing messages spamming their inboxes as there was no way for them to filter that out. Android users had the option of using a third-party application to get that task done, but iPhone users were stuck with marketing spam messages flooding their inboxes every day. But that is not the case anymore.

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Use native SMS filter:

Now there is a native SMS filter option that can even eliminate these marketing messages on your iPhone.

  • Open up Settings on your iPhone.
  • Naviagte to Messages -> Unknown & Spam.
  • Then enable the toggle for the “Filter Unknown Senders” option. Once this is turned on, all the SMSes from unknown contacts will end up in a separate list on your iPhone.
  • Then select the “SMS Filter” option just below the “Filter Unknown Senders” option. Once selected, you don’t need to worry about marketing messages flooding up your inbox again.

Use third-party SMS filter:

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The native SMS filtering featuring sometimes is not enough for blocking some organization’s messages. You can choose to individually block these particular organization-related messages by following the first method mentioned above. But the best option for you would be to use a third-party application to take care of it all. One particular third-party application that works well with the iPhone’s SMS filtering feature is the Truecaller application. If you are unsure about which application to pick to help you out, you could start with True caller. It is a free application that has its own SMS filter.

  • Open up Settings on your iPhone.
  • Naviagte to Messages -> Unknown & Spam.
  • Then enable the toggle for the “Filter Unknown Senders” option. Once this is turned on, all the SMSes from unknown contacts will end up in a separate list on your iPhone.
  • Now instead of choosing the “SMS Filter” option below the “Filter Unknown Senders” option, choose “Truecaller.” The SMS filter from Truecaller will now take care of filtering SMSes in your iPhone.

But before you use an app like Truecaller, ensure that you trust its developers to handle the information properly. Once you enable a third-party application to filter SMS on your iPhone, that app gets access to text, attachments, and sender information in SMS and MMS messages. That is a lot of personal information that you would have to share with the application developers. So, ensure that the app and its developers are worthy of that trust. If you are skeptical about any third-party application receiving your personal information, then stick to the default SMS filtering option and block any sender that gets through that filter.

So this is all about blocking Text Messages on iPhone for iOS 14 users. If you have any questions or queries about this article, then comment down below, and we will get back to you. Also, be sure to check out our other articles on iPhone tips and tricks, Android tips and tricks, PC tips and tricks, and much more for more useful information.

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