iOS 16 wants to get rid of spam text messages

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What you need to know

  • iOS 16 adds a new way to report spam text messages as junk.
  • Users will be able to report SMS and MMS messages as junk with select carriers in the United States.

Whether you have an iPhone or Android phone, we can all agree on something: spam text messages suck and they should go away forever.

Thankfully, Apple wants to do something about it. In the release notes (opens in new tab) for the second developer beta of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, the company has revealed that it is adding a new feature that will allow users to mark an incoming text message as spam. Per the below notes, users will be able to report an SMS or MMS message as junk.

According to Apple, the feature will start out with select carriers in the United States but no specific carriers were announced.

Allows developers to classify incoming SMS from unknown numbers into 12 new sub-categories within Transaction and Promotion categories for improved organization.For selected US Carriers, Messages extends the "Report Junk" feature to enable users to report SMS/MMS junk to Carriers. The option is visible inside Messages from Unknown Senders.

Currently, if you get a spam text message, most of us would simply delete it. While some spammers are nice and prompt you to send a message back like "STOP" to turn off future messages, most don't (of course). So, this feature will be great to have to hopefully report spammers en mass so carriers know to shut them down.

iOS 16 is still in developer beta with the public beta expected to roll out in July. It will release to all users this fall.

Joe Wituschek
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.