Spam on imessage is starting to be a problem for some people, I believe this is because imessage is free to use to anyone with a mac, iPhone, iTouch or iPad, also it is possible to identify a phone number or email address associated with imessage without sending any test imessages. Unfortunately apple at this time haven’t implemented a system to be able to block specific users on imessage. But don’t worry there are two choices to block imessage spam. The first is to turn off imessage, for most people this is not an option. For those who want to turn off imessage this is done but going to settings them message and turning off imessage. In the picture below you can see how turn off imessage:

Turning off imessage

The second choice is to block imessage spam is to only get imessage notifications from your contacts. This will not stop you from receiving imessage spam but will stop your phone notifying you when you receive it.

To only receive notifications about imessage from your contacts you will have to go to settings then to notifications. In notifications you will have to scroll down to the bottom of and change the “Show iMessage Alerts From:” option from everyone to my contacts only. In the picture below you can see what you need to change:

 

How to Block Imessage Spam

 

This will not stop you getting imessage from spammers but block imessage spam by not notifying you every time you get spam. Hopefully apple are starting to get plans in place to be able fight imessage spam as time goes on this will become more and more of a problem, but to this date apple haven’t made any statements on how or if they try to block spam on their imessage infrastructure. For more information on imessage spam check out this post about imessage spam.

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