Unwanted text messages (aka SPAM) are annoying and could pose a security risk to your iPhone.
But thankfully, stopping – or at least minimizing – these spam text messages is absolutely possible. Here are a few things you can try to finally solve this problem…
A lot of people don’t realize that most phones actually have a setting that will automatically filter out SPAM messages in the text app – it’s just that this feature won’t necessarily be enabled by default.
On an iPhone, for example, open the “Settings” app and tap the icon labeled “Messages.” Scroll down until you see the option labeled “Filter Unknown Senders.” Turn it on by tapping the button to the right.
Your phone will still get these messages, it’s just that you won’t see them – and you won’t accidentally click on any rogue links that they may contain.
If you frequently get SPAM messages from the same phone number, you could also block that number to try to curb the issue. On an iPhone, tap the user icon at the top of the text and select “Info.” Select “Info” on the page that opens and then finally tap “Block This Caller.”
Obviously, this isn’t going to stop them from just getting another number and trying again – but it will stop the issue, at least temporarily.
You could also choose to use a paid text-blocking app, with RoboKiller being maybe the most prominent example for iPhone. After your free seven-day trial, RoboKiller will cost either $5 per month or $40 per year depending on the plan you choose.
Finally, you could always report spammers to your cellular provider by copying the message in question and texting it to 7726. This works for most major carriers including AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile.
Regardless, one of the most important things for you to understand whenever you get a SPAM text is that you should NOT respond to it in any way. You may be tempted to see if you can get yourself removed from whatever list you’re on by replying with “STOP,” but you should resist that urge. Spammers will use any indication like that to confirm that they sent a message to a live number, meaning the problem is only going to get worse from that point on.
Instead, just ignore it and use the steps outlined above to curb the issue as much as you can.
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