How to Report Spam Texts on iPhone

Report phishing attempts to Apple and your service carrier to stop spam text messages.

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Reporting spam to Apple and your service provider takes only a few seconds and helps to prevent future spam and phishing attempts. Depending on your service carrier and the message received, the number will either be blocked or labeled as "Spam Risk" to warn others. Below, we'll cover how to report spam texts to Apple and to your service provider.

Related: How to Leave a Group Text on iPhone 

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Reduce spam messages and clean up the texting ecosystem for Apple device owners and people with the same service carrier. 
  • Help Apple and your service provider alert others or block future phishing attempts from a spammer. 

How To Stop Spam Text Messages on iPhone

The good news is that you can report spam text messages to the same number for most major service providers, including AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. For more handy tips on iPhone problems, like what to do if your iPhone randomly vibrates, consider signing up for our free Tip of the Day Newsletter. Now, here's how to report spam text messages to Apple and your service provider: 

  1. Open the Messages app.


     
  2. Tap the conversation containing the spam message. 


     
  3. If you see the option, tap Report Junk below the spam text message. 


     
  4. Tap Delete and Report Junk. This will remove the text from your Messages app and send the information to Apple.  


     
  5. If you don't see the option to report spam to Apple, you can still report the spam to your carrier. Long press the message to copy it. (Make sure to avoid clicking any links on the message.)


     
  6. Tap the back arrow at the top to return to the main conversations screen. 


     
  7. Tap the Compose icon to start a new message.


     
  8. Long press the text field and tap Paste.


     
  9. In the To field, enter the number 7726. 


     
  10. Tap Send


     
  11. You should see a notice confirming your text was received. Your carrier might also ask you to provide the phone number and email of the spammer. 

Now you're armed with the tools to report spam messages and prevent others from being spammed by the same account. If you want to immediately stop further messages from a spam account, you can also block the spam account to avoid receiving any further calls and messages. 

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Ashleigh Page

Ashleigh Page is an Associate Editor for iPhone Life. With a background in computer science and creative writing, she loves blending aspects of the technical and creative. An avid technology enthusiast, she adores Apple products and keeping up with the latest innovations. When she’s not working, Ashleigh is often found crafting whimsical (and sometimes nonsensical) short stories, hiking, and playing sand volleyball.