How to Report iMessage Spam on an iPhone 6

Text messages are a great way to communicate with other people that have mobile phones. iMessages can often be even better than traditional SMS text messages, and can be sent from other Apple devices. Occasionally an iMessage might send as a text message if something is wrong, but it works well most of the time.

But iMessages can also be sent from unwanted or unknown numbers, which creates a new kind of spam that you will need to consider.

Your iPhone has a setting that will filter iMessages that are from your contacts into a different list than iMessages from unknown senders. Some of the messages that appear in the Unknown Senders list may simply be from people that are not listed as a contact on your iPhone, but the Unknown Senders list will also contain spam messages. Fortunately there is a method in place that allows you to report this spam.

If you aren’t sure whether or not the iMessage feature is enabled, then you can read this article about turning on iMessage on an iPhone.

Report an iMessage as Junk to Apple from Your iPhone

The steps in this article were written using an iPhone 6 Plus with the iOS 8.4 operating system. These same steps will also work for other iPhone models that are using iOS 8.3 or higher. Versions of iOS prior to 8.3 may not have this option.

This guide will assume that you already have the Filter Unknown Senders option enabled in the Messages app. If not, you can do so by navigating to Settings > Messages and turning on the option to the right of Filter Unknown Senders.

turn on the filter unknown senders option

For additional help with this setting, you can read this article.

  • Step 1: Open the Messages app.
open the messages app
  • Step 2: Tap the Unknown Senders tab at the top of the screen.
select the unknown senders tab
  • Step 3: Select the conversation that you would like to report as spam.
select the spam conversation
  • Step 4: Tap the Report Junk link under the message.
tap the report junk option
  • Step 5: Tap the Delete and Report Junk button at the bottom of the screen.
delete and report junk imessage

Now that you know how to report iMessage spam on the iPhone 6, you can use this tool to reduce the number of repeat spam messages you receive.

Are you receiving unwanted phone calls, text messages, or FaceTime calls from a particular number? Learn how to block callers on your iPhone to prevent these attempted communications from coming through for that number or contact.

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