Apple's iOS 16 Adds Feature to Report Spam SMS Messages

But you’ll still have to block the number manually.

Tech
2,345 Hypes 2 Comments

If you’re sick of receiving spam messages on your phone, you’re not alone. According to research firm RoboKiller, the U.S. received almost 12 billion spam and scam text messages in the month of May alone, rounding to roughly 43 per person in the country. Luckily, Apple is now hoping to help combat the influx with a new reporting feature on the upcoming iOS 16.

Launched for the operating system’s beta version, the new feature allows iPhone users to directly report spam SMS messages to Apple as well as the user’s service provider, which will then investigate and flag the number for future spam prevention. The feature was previously available in older generations of iOS but only worked with iMessages, so increasing coverage to SMS messages will be helpful. Notably, however, reporting the number won’t automatically mean you won’t receive messages from them anymore, so you’ll still have to block the number manually on your device if you want to be sure.

Unfortunately, there’s no official release date yet for iOS 16, but Apple is expected to launch the update this fall.

Elsewhere in the tech world, Twitter is introducing longer-form content with a feature named Notes.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

Apple’s Latest iOS 16 Beta Brings Back Battery Percentages to Your Home Screen
Tech

Apple’s Latest iOS 16 Beta Brings Back Battery Percentages to Your Home Screen

The feature had been gone since the iPhone X.

Apple's iOS 16 Rumored to Feature Better Notifications and Enhanced Health Tracking
Tech

Apple's iOS 16 Rumored to Feature Better Notifications and Enhanced Health Tracking

But there won’t be any radical change in user interface.

Apple iOS 16 Will Allow Users to Uninstall Up to 29 Default Apps
Tech

Apple iOS 16 Will Allow Users to Uninstall Up to 29 Default Apps

Including the Clock app.


Apple's iOS 16 Will Help You Skip CAPTCHAs on Certain Websites
Tech

Apple's iOS 16 Will Help You Skip CAPTCHAs on Certain Websites

Thanks to a new Private Access Token system.

Nike Air Max 97 Arrives in Vintage "Coconut Milk Fossil"
Footwear

Nike Air Max 97 Arrives in Vintage "Coconut Milk Fossil"

Found in a wide range of fabrics.

Salomon Launches New XT-6 "Skyline" Pack
Footwear

Salomon Launches New XT-6 "Skyline" Pack

Introducing three colorways capturing nature’s daily displays from sunrise to sunset.

HUMAN MADE Delivers "Ningen-sei" Capsule Collection
Fashion

HUMAN MADE Delivers "Ningen-sei" Capsule Collection

A range of reinterpreted traditional Japanese costumes and crafts.

Roddy Ricch Delivers New EP 'THE BIG 3'
Music

Roddy Ricch Delivers New EP 'THE BIG 3'

Marking his first solo release since ‘LIVE LIFE FAST.’

Balenciaga Shares its Revitalized BB Monogram Pattern With a New Campaign
Fashion

Balenciaga Shares its Revitalized BB Monogram Pattern With a New Campaign

Highlighting the luxury fashion house’s modern take on an archival print.


Dot da Genius Enlists Kid Cudi, Denzel Curry and JID for "Talk About Me"
Music

Dot da Genius Enlists Kid Cudi, Denzel Curry and JID for "Talk About Me"

A powerhouse collaboration.

Take an Official Look at the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 1 Low "Reverse Mocha"
Footwear

Take an Official Look at the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 1 Low "Reverse Mocha"

Seemingly confirming rumors of an upcoming release.

A Joe Freshgoods x Vans Collaboration is Coming Soon
Footwear

A Joe Freshgoods x Vans Collaboration is Coming Soon

Expected to feature a set of footwear styles.

UNIQLO UT Readies a 'Spy x Family' Collection
Fashion

UNIQLO UT Readies a 'Spy x Family' Collection

Featuring Loid, Yor and Anya Forger.

SZA's 'Ctrl' Returns to No. 1 on Top R&B Albums Chart After Five Years
Music

SZA's 'Ctrl' Returns to No. 1 on Top R&B Albums Chart After Five Years

After the release of ‘Ctrl (Deluxe).’

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Looks like you’re using an ad-blocker

We charge advertisers instead of our readers. Support us by whitelisting our site.

Whitelist Us

How to Whitelist Us

screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Under “Pause on this site” click “Always”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock Plus icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Block ads on – This website” switch off the toggle to turn it from blue to gray.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlocker Ultimate icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Switch off the toggle to turn it from “Enabled on this site” to “Disabled on this site”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the Ghostery icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the “Ad-Blocking” button at the bottom. It will turn gray and the text above will go from “ON” to “OFF”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the UBlock Origin icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the large blue power icon at the top.
  3. When it turns gray, click the refresh icon that has appeared next to it or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the icon of the ad-blocker extension installed on your browser.You’ll usually find this icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. You may have more than one ad-blocker installed.
  2. Follow the instructions for disabling the ad blocker on the site you’re viewing.You may have to select a menu option or click a button.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.