How to filter and mute notifications for Messages from unknown senders

BY Osas Obaizamomwan

Published 12 May 2015

Text messaging is one of the most popular forms of communication. It’s become so popular that companies and spammers have begun accosting smartphones owners with unwanted messages. iPhone users can automatically block or mute messages received from numbers outside of their contact list. This is a new feature added in iOS 8.3. Let’s check out how to enable this convenient feature after the jump.

How to filter and mute Messages notifications from unknown senders 

Head over to Settings -> Messages and find the option for “Filter Unknown Senders.” Take note of the message below and toggle this option ON to filter messages sent from numbers outside of your Contacts.

Filter Unknown Senders - iOS 8.3

Once enabled, your Messages application will create two sections: Contacts & SMS and Unknown Senders. iMessages from your Contacts will remain under “Contacts & SMS” while communications with number missing contact information will be moved to “Unknown Senders.”

Unknown Senders - iOS 8.3

You will note receive notifications for incoming iMessages from unknown senders, but the badge icon will still indicate that a new message has arrived. When you open a message from an unknown sender you have the option to report it as spam. You can also add the number to your contacts list and the messages will be placed in the regular “Contacts & SMS” section.

Remember that this new feature only works with Apple’s iMessages, although some have reported that regular messages are filtered as well. Regular SMS will need to be filtered by using the Do Not Disturb feature or reporting SMS spam to your wireless carrier. You also will need iOS 8.3 for the feature to be available.