How to Report & Block Spam Text Messages on iPhone

Learn how to report, delete, and block spam text messages on your iPhone. Filter your messages to stop receiving junk texts.

Tired of receiving spam texts? There is a way to report spam texts right in the Messages app. Once you've made your report, you can block the number that the potential text message scam came from, and never receive a call or message from that number again! Let's get started learning how to report junk text messages on your iPhone. 

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Filter Unknown Senders

Before you can report junk directly to Apple, you'll need to turn message filtering on. Let's go over how to do that:

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  1. Go to Settings.

    Settings
     
  2. Find Messages.

    Messages
     
  3. Scroll until you see Message Filtering, and make sure Filter Unknown Senders is toggled on.
  4. Now when you receive a message from someone not in your Contacts, you will have the option to report it as junk. Unfortunately, this option does not work retroactively, so you'll have to wait until you receive a new spam text on your iPhone to test it out.

    Filter junk texts

Report Spam Text

Once you have message filtering on, when you receive a text from someone who isn't in your contact list, Apple gives you the opportunity to report it by tapping Report Junk underneath the message. This could just be a text from a new friend or coworker that you haven't added to your Contacts yet. But if it seems like an ad or fishy in any way, be sure not to tap on any links in the body of the message; just report it, then block the number. Here's how:
 

  1. Go to Messages and find the spam message you'd like to report.

    Spam text message
     
  2. Open the message and tap Report Junk underneath it.

    Report spam
     
  3. Tap Delete and Report Junk. After you've done this, the content and sender's information will be sent to Apple.

    Delete and report spam text message

Related: How to Block a Phone Number on iPhone: Texts & Calls  

Block Spam Text If the Report Junk Option Doesn't Appear

Sometimes companies can gather entire contact lists, including phone numbers, from unsuspecting people who sign up for a free app. I'm guessing that the texts I've been getting, like this one below, must be happening because one of my contacts fell victim to that scam. Great.

Junk text
 

This spam text arrived without the Report Junk option, so I don't have the opportunity to report it to Apple. I can, however, block this number straight from the Messages app. You can also go this route to block old junk messages received before you turned Message Filtering on. To do this: 

  1. Open the text message without tapping on any links in the body of the message, then tap on the sender's phone number.

    Tap contact
     
  2. Now tap on info.

    Tap info
     
  3. Tap on info again.

    Tap info
     
  4. Tap Block this Caller.

    Block spam texter
     
  5. Confirm that you want to block this number, and you won't receive calls or messages from them anymore.

    Block contact

How to Report Text Scams, Phishing & Robotexts to the FTC

Here's a helpful article from the Federal Trade Commission if you'd like to learn more about text scamming. If you're receiving unwanted commercial texts, you can report the number to the FTC by following this link. If you're getting unsolicited robocalls and texts, click here to report those numbers, as well. 

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.