How to Block SMS Spam on iOS 11

Highlights SMS spam can be blocked easily on iOS 11 You need to install third-party apps from the App Store for this These apps sort spam messages into a folder called SMS Junk

SMS spam is something that plagues pretty much everyone who has an Indian SIM card, and even those who live abroad. Be it frauds, asking you to buy shares in companies to double your wealth, or just your neighbourhood store sending promotional messages, these messages get more annoying by the day. Not only do they spam you with notifications, these texts also get in the way of iMessage since Apple’s messaging service also uses the same Messages app.

This means that you’re better off getting rid of these spam messages. You could easily do this in iOS 9 but on iOS 10 that method stopped working. Your only option was to disable notifications for these messages manually. That’s quite a tiring task, but with iOS 11, third-party apps can help you get the job done quite easily.

Before you start blocking SMS spam, you need to be aware that the third-party apps you use to solve this problem will be able to read your messages. If your privacy is very important to you, this could be an issue. Be sure to read the privacy policy of the app and see if the developer appears reliable and has other apps with good reviews as well. Note that this doesn’t affect iMessage in any way, as these apps can only read SMS and MMS messages.

These steps will help you block spam texts on iOS 11:

Download an SMS spam blocking app (we’ve mentioned our favourites below). Go to Settings > Messages. Under Message Filtering, tap Unknown & Spam. Under SMS Filtering, select the spam blocking app you want to use.

SMS spam blocking apps on iOS 11
There are several SMS spam blocking apps on the App Store and we used many of them since the launch of iOS 11 to figure out which ones work the best. These three apps are our favourites.

SMS Shield

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