Spam messages are the bane of every mobile user in the world. Nobody likes them, and most of us have, at least once, cursed loudly over a spam message. However, spammers are relentless and can be very annoying. Whether it’s a brand spamming you with new offers you don’t want or a random person who keeps texting you for no good reason.
In spite of all this, you should know that you have the option to disable notifications from unknown senders on your iPhone. And it’s easy enough to do. You can also not only block notifications from unknown senders but also completely block spam senders.
So, here’s how to block text messages notifications from unknown senders on your iPhone in a few easy steps.
How to block text messages notifications from unknown senders on iPhone
If you want to block text messages notifications from unknown senders on your iPhone, you have to follow these steps:
- First of all, open the “Settings” app on your iPhone.
- Then, scroll down and select “Notifications”.
- Tap on the “Messages” tab.
- After that, scroll down to the very bottom and tap “Customize Notifications”.
- Under the “Allow Notifications” section, find the “Unknown Senders” option and disable it.
- Finally, exit the “Settings” app.
From this point on, if you have the “Unknown Senders” option disabled in the “Settings” menu, you will no longer receive notifications when unknown senders text you.
How to block spam messages on iPhone
The most annoying types of messages are usually spam. Here are a few ways you can try to block spam messages on your iPhone.
How to block spam contact
If you want to block spam contact on your iPhone, you have to follow these steps:
- Open the spam message you want to block and tap the sender’s name/number at the top.
- Then, tap on the “Information” button.
- After that, tap on the “Information” button once again.
- Finally, tap on the “Block this Caller” button at the bottom.
This method is useful if you get a lot of spam messages from one sender. You only need to block the sender and you will no longer receive messages from him.
How to filter spam messages
Now spammers rarely use a single phone number to advertise products and offers. Fortunately, with iOS 14, at least you can avoid being distracted by such messages. If you want to filter spam messages on your iPhone, you have to follow these steps:
- Open the “Settings” app on your iPhone.
- Navigate to the “Messages” section and tap on it.
- Then, under “Message Filtering”, select “Unknown & Spam”.
- Finally, enable the “Filter unknown senders” option and choose “SMS Filter”. This will sort messages from unknown senders into a separate list on your iPhone.
While both of these methods are useful, after all, the best step you can take is to talk to your service provider. You can ask your service provider to help you block spam messages on your iPhone, and they can definitely help.
Where did the word “spam” come from
The word “spam” has a rather funny origin. Originally SPAM was a trademark of an American company, under the name of which in 1936 they began to produce canned meat.
During World War II they produced so many that they had to conduct an urgent advertising campaign – they had to sell them before the expiration date. The canned meat was advertised everywhere, even on the radio.
The word SPAM gained its current meaning in 1986 when a flood of identical advertising messages from the notorious pyramid scheme appeared.
What kind of spam can be considered safe and harmless
Safe spam can be divided into several types. It can be:
- Advertisements for legitimate goods or services. These are ordinary emails of an advertising nature, but with the difference that users haven’t given their permission to receive them.
- Advertising of goods or services prohibited by law. If it’s forbidden by law to advertise a product or service, spammers start actively using mailing lists. They have nothing to lose.
- Compromising letters. Sent to disparage competitors, or sent purportedly on behalf of competitors in order to change the image of them for the worse.
- Messages (including in messengers) asking you to forward the text to other users so that something good would happen or something bad wouldn’t happen. Sometimes such letters are used by spammers to collect a database of addresses for subsequent mailings.
That’s all you have to know about blocking text messages notifications from unknown senders and which contains spam.