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How to mute, block, and report spam on iMessage for iPhone and iPad

iMessage thread on iPhone in iOS 14
iMessage thread on iPhone in iOS 14 (Image credit: Luke Filipowicz / iMore)

With iMessage, you're definitely getting one of the best features there is for any Apple device. This is an app that lets you stay in communication with your favorite friends and family, even coworkers, with ease. Plus, there are plenty of fun additions that you can add to your iMessage, such as stickers, animated GIFs, animojis, and more.

But just because anyone can send you a message in iMessage doesn't mean that you need to let them. If you're getting messaged too often, if you keep getting messages meant for someone else, of if — ugh! — you're getting spam, you can absolutely take action again it. Mute, block, and reporting are all here for you on your favorite iPhone with iOS 15.

How to mute conversations in Messages on iPhone and iPad

Whether a group chat is too rowdy or you just don't like your phone being buzzed any more than absolutely necessary, you can mute individual conversations within the Messages app. Here's how:

  1. Launch the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Swipe left on the conversation you'd like to mute — it can be a group message or a conversation with only one other person.
  3. Tap the bell icon to hide alerts.

Imessage How To Mute Conversation (Image credit: iMore)

You should now see a half-moon icon next to conversation(s) that you've silenced. This feature works for iMessages or SMS texts.

How to unmute conversations in Messages on iPhone and iPad

Accidentally muted a conversation or need to be notified when a particular message thread lights up? Here's how to unmute a conversation in Messages.

  1. Launch the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Swipe left on the conversation you'd like to unmute.
  3. Tap the bell icon to show alerts.

Imessage How To Unmute Conversation (Image credit: iMore)

That half-moon icon next to the conversation name should now be gone when you look at the list of message threads in Messages.

How to block a contact via the Messages on the iPhone or iPad

There are a few ways to block a contact on your Apple gear, including using Messages.

  1. Launch the Messages app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the conversation of the person you're trying to block.
  3. Tap on the person's name and photo at the top of the screen.

Imessage How To Block Contact (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap Info.
  2. In their contact page that pups up, tap Info again.
  3. Scroll down and tap Block this caller
  4. Confirm by tapping Block Contact in the pop-up.

Imessage How To Block Contact (Image credit: iMore)

With a contact blocked, you will not receive any messages, calls, or FaceTime requests from that person. If you ever happen to change your mind and want to unblock a contact, it's as easy as following the same steps as above and tapping Unblock This Caller.

How to report iMessage spam to Apple

In a perfect world, we'd never have to deal with spam at all. Unfortunately, the world is a chaotic place filled with spammers who want to waste your time and inbox space with their trash offers and scams. But, you don't just have to sit there and take the spam abuse. Fight back by reporting iMessage spam to Apple.

If you receive a spam text or iMessage in the Messages app from a number or email address that is not in your contacts list, you will see the option to Report as Junk at the very bottom. To report a message as spam:

  1. Launch Messages from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the message from the unknown sender.
  3. Tap Report Junk under the message.
  4. Tap Delete and Report Junk.

Imessage How To Report Spam (Image credit: iMore)

You can also swipe to delete the message from the main list view and Messages will ask you if you wish to report the message as junk on doing so.

Alternatively, you can report spam directly to Apple via email. Take a screenshot of the offending spam message, the phone number or email it came from, and the time of day you received it and send it to imessage.spam@icloud.com and Apple will investigate the claim.

Stop those annoying messages!

As you can see, it's easy to stop unwanted messages in the Messages app. Whether you're just tired of being bombarded by group messages or just getting a ton of annoying spam, there are a few different ways to handle it.

Updated April 2022: Updated for iOS 15.

Christine Chan
Senior Editor

Christine Romero-Chan has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently the iMore lead on all things iPhone, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.

When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.