Block phone numbers and contacts or filter messages on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

With iOS, you can block contacts and phone numbers on your device. You can also filter iMessages from unknown senders and report iMessages that look like spam or junk.

Block a phone number or contact

There are a few ways that you can block a phone number or contact.

Phone

If you're in the Phone app under Recents, tap info next to the phone number or contact that you want to block. Scroll to the bottom of your screen, then tap Block this Caller.
 

FaceTime

If you're in the FaceTime, tap info next to the phone number or contact that you want to block. Scroll to the bottom of your screen, then tap Block this Caller.
 

Messages

If you're in Messages, open the conversation, tap info, then tap the name or phone number. Scroll to the bottom of the Info screen, then tap Block this Caller.

When you block a phone number or contact, they can still leave a voicemail, but you won't get a notification. Messages won't be delivered. Also, the contact won't get a notification that the call or message was blocked.

You can use some third-party apps to detect and block spam phone calls.

Manage your blocked phone numbers and contacts

To see the phone numbers and contacts that you've blocked from Phone, FaceTime, or Messages:

Phone

Go to Settings > Phone > Call Blocking & Identification.
 

FaceTime

Go to Settings > FaceTime > Blocked.
 

Messages

Go to Settings > Messages > Blocked.
 

From these screens, you can add or unblock contacts or unblock phone numbers. 

To add a contact, scroll to the bottom of the Blocked list, tap Add New, then select the contact that you want to block. To unblock a contact or phone number from the Blocked list, tap Edit in the upper-right corner, tap , then tap Unblock.

Filter iMessages from unknown senders

You can filter iMessages from people who aren't saved in your Contacts.

 

To filter iMessages, go to Settings > Messages and turn on Filter Unknown Senders.

In Messages, you'll see a new tab for Unknown Senders but you won't get notifications for these iMessages.

     

Report spam or junk in the Messages app

You can report iMessages that look like spam or junk from the Messages app. If you get an iMessage from someone who's not saved in your Contacts, you'll see a Report Junk link under the message. Tap the link to forward the sender's information and the message to Apple.

Email Apple to report spam or junk

If you don't have iOS 8.3 or later, you can send an email to imessage.spam@apple.com with this information:

To report SMS and MMS messages, contact your carrier.

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