The Surprising iPhone Setting Tech Experts Say You Should Turn Off ASAP To Stop Getting Spam

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What's more annoying than spam SMS or phone calls? Worse, spammers are getting smarter at disguising themselves to look like legitimate calls that you might want to take—but once you answer them, you realize you've been duped. Regardless of whether the spammer has malicious intentions or is just trying to sell you something, the fact remains: you don't want to deal with them. Luckily, a few proactive steps can help you avoid spam calls and texts. Texting expert Jack Williams, the founder of Handyman Reviewed, offers some minor settings tweaks that can stop most of the spam you receive.
block phone numbers
Blocking spam text is one of the first lines of defense, Williams explains. "This is a quick and efficient way to ensure you never hear from this number again," Williams said. “These texts are blocked by the phone itself, and if you have an iPhone, they can't even reach it. If you're getting a constant stream of spam SMS from the same number, it can quickly make your life a lot easier thanks to iPhone's incredibly simple process."
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Here are the steps Williams says to block numbers on iPhones:
Open the text thread with the spam messages.
Select the contact circle at the top of the screen by clicking on it. As a result, a small drop-down menu will appear. Go to this menu and select "About".
Select the next "About" button from this contact menu.
From this menu select "Block this caller" and then "Block contact".
Delete messages from unknown senders
You can filter messages in iMessages from unknown senders so that you don't receive their notifications. "By selecting Settings > Messages and then scrolling down to Message Filtering, you can turn on the unknown sender filter," Williams said. "Only messages from senders not in your contacts will be visible when you select Filter > Unknown senders. Note that you cannot click links in messages from unknown senders until the sender has been added to your contacts or you have replied to the message."
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Use iOS 13's built-in feature to stop robocalls
Good news: Apple has included a small but welcome feature in iOS 13 that could essentially stop those pesky calls, Williams points out: It's called Silence Unknown Callers. "Basically, it forwards all incoming calls to voicemail that aren't from numbers in your contact list, messaging app, or email," Williams said. "Your phone doesn't even get called by them. It's not too difficult to enable the feature if your iPhone is running iOS 13. How to proceed:
Go to your iPhone's settings.
Find and select Phone.
Toggle the switch for unknown callers to mute.
Report spam or unwanted email
Last. You can notify Apple of spam messages received through iMessage, and you can also report SMS and MMS spam by touching and holding the spam message in the message list and then selecting Report Junk, depending on your carrier and country or region, said Williams. "Alternatively, if the message has already been opened, scroll to the bottom of the message, select Report Junk, and then select Delete and Report Junk," Williams said. "The message will be permanently deleted from your device and the sender information will be sent to Apple."
You don't have to watch as spam calls and texts take over your device and your life. Follow these simple steps to reduce the number of annoying spam messages and phone calls you receive every day.

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