How to disable iMessage alerts for people that aren't in your contacts

How to disable iMessage alerts for people that aren't in your contacts

If you use iMessage frequently for both work and personal, there may come times when you don't want to be disturbed by messages from people you don't know. iMessage gives you the ability to disable alerts from people that aren't in your Contacts app. You'll still receive the messages, you just won't receive audible alerts for messages from people you don't know.

How to stop getting iMessage alerts for non-contacts

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Notifications.
  3. Scroll down and find Messages. Tap on it.
  4. Now scroll down towards the bottom and you'll see a section for who you receive iMessage alerts from. Tap the option for My Contacts Only.

That's it. You'll now only receive alerts for messages from people you have in your contacts. It is worth noting though that this feature only works for iMessage alerts. If someone not using iMessage sends you a regular text, you'll still receive it and get an alert.

How to get more help with iMessage

If you're having issues getting iMessage to activate, get more help at the iMore forums, and for more tips, check out:

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Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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How to disable iMessage alerts for people that aren't in your contacts


Hey Ally something I finally knew...LOL but thank you anyway for the ones that didn't. Never hurts to be reminded even for me.

That is a good one. Now after seeing this option I feel like "How did I miss that! Duh!" Thank you for sharing the sometimes overlooked settings/options!

Hmm..That's amazing. I didn't even know this existed. This is a great way to combat spam about those occasional amazing trips on a cruise. The more control, the better.

Good how to article. I wish it could have included an option or an alternative for blacklisting number. Where I live that is a very important feature because of extorsion issues

Thanks for this tidbit! For anyone that hasn't seen it, lifehacker published an article on a jailbreak tweak I noticed in Cydia the other day that allows you to select the contacts in your list that you do / don't (my girlfriend) want read receipts for.

THANK YOU!!! I have been wishing for this for so long! It's as annoying as being notified on Facebook when that random person also comments on something you now regret commenting on.

I didn't know about this one, thanks! Lets hope to see this for text messages as well in the future.

Really helpful! I love learning about new ways to reduce things that clutter up my screen without losing the stuff I do want to see. I wish too that it work on texts too.