How to Report iMessage Spam as Junk & Delete the Message

Jan 23, 2016 - 6 Comments

Messages Ever received a junk iMessage to an iPhone or iPad from someone you don’t know, or that is clearly spam? With new versions of the Messages app, there is a simple way to report the spammy iMessage sender as such to Apple, which helps them to detect and reduce junk bulk iMessages.


Reporting iMessage spam as junk and deleting the message is done in one single workflow:

  1. When a junk spam iMessage arrives, open it as usual
  2. At the bottom of the iMessage look for the message “The sender is not in your contacts list. Report Junk” – tap on the Report Junk button, then confirm that you want to delete the message and report it as junk

Once confirmed, Messages app will back out of the junk message and return to the inbox.

Report iMessage junk as spam and delete

With the iMessage reported as spam and trashed, the message is removed from the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and there shouldn’t be any need to have further interaction with the message.

It’s worth mentioning that once in a blue moon legitimate contacts can wind up with malware, adware, or junkware that attempts to solicit the iOS contacts list with messages to download apps or sign up for some junk service. That won’t necessarily arrive with a similar “report junk” option since it’s from a known contact, but if the sender is annoying anyway you can always choose to block the contact in iOS thereby preventing messages, FaceTime, and calls from that person, or just delete the message as they arrive.

This option for reporting senders as junk is not available on the Mac, though you can block iMessages in OS X which also carries over to iOS devices.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks

6 Comments

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  1. Wharf Xanadu says:

    I get junk phone calls from “unknown” but rarely junk texts and junk iMessages

  2. Linuxpro says:

    Wow, maybe one day iMessage will grow up, and become a functional service like WhatsApp.

  3. Leggoman says:

    Nice to see that they are trying to stop junk mail.
    How can you call Whatsapp grown up app more holes in it than a colander, and a door way to more junk and spam than the postman brings.

  4. Linuxpro says:

    I have been using WhatsApp since it was new. I have recieved perhaps a dozen spam. Also I can message any WhatsApp user. I am not limited to only those who forgot to shut off, or have no idea that they use iMessage.

    My brother and wife use Android. I use Apple for now.

  5. Marc says:

    Unfortunately this doesn’t work at all for me as the text come in as iMessage and are grouped within contact and SMS and never in unknown. I get 4 to 6 spam a day and the number showing up is not even in service when I try to call it. I have been emailing photos to imessage.spam@apple.com. Any other solutions would help.

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