How to Block Unwanted Text Messages on the iPhone XR Model

Key takeaways:

  • iPhone XR users can easily block unwanted text messages from specific contacts or unknown senders
  • Built-in features like message filtering and blocking can help reduce spam and protect privacy
  • Third-party apps offer additional spam-filtering capabilities for more advanced protection

Are you tired of receiving spam text messages on your iPhone XR? Unwanted messages can be annoying, distracting, and even potentially dangerous if they contain malicious links or phishing attempts. Fortunately, Apple provides built-in features to help you block unwanted text messages and protect your privacy. In this article, we’ll guide you through the steps to block specific contacts, filter unknown senders, and explore additional options for dealing with spam texts on your iPhone XR.

Block Specific Contacts

If you’re receiving unwanted messages from a particular contact, you can easily block them to stop receiving their texts. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Messages app on your iPhone XR
  2. Find and tap on the conversation with the contact you want to block
  3. Tap the contact’s name or number at the top of the screen
  4. Tap the “i” icon to open their contact info
  5. Scroll down and tap “Block this Caller”
  6. Confirm by tapping “Block Contact”

Once blocked, you will no longer receive calls, messages, or FaceTime from that contact. They will still be able to send you messages, but they will not be delivered to your device, and the sender will not be notified that they’ve been blocked.

Filter Unknown Senders

In addition to blocking specific contacts, your iPhone XR also allows you to filter messages from unknown senders. This feature moves texts from senders who are not in your contacts list to a separate tab, helping you focus on messages from people you know. To enable this feature:

  1. Go to Settings > Messages
  2. Toggle on “Filter Unknown Senders”

Now, when you open the Messages app, you’ll see two tabs at the top: “Contacts & SMS” and “Unknown Senders.” Texts from unknown senders will appear in the latter tab, and you won’t receive notifications for these messages.

Note: Be sure to check the “Unknown Senders” tab periodically, as important messages from legitimate sources, such as delivery updates or appointment reminders, may end up there if the sender’s number is not in your contacts.

Third-Party Apps for Advanced Spam Filtering

While the built-in blocking and filtering features on your iPhone XR are effective for most situations, some users may require more advanced spam-filtering capabilities. Several third-party apps available on the App Store offer additional features to combat unwanted text messages:

  • RoboKiller: This app uses machine learning algorithms to identify and block spam texts, as well as robocalls. It offers real-time protection and allows you to create custom block lists.
  • TextKiller: Developed by the same team behind RoboKiller, TextKiller focuses specifically on blocking spam texts. It learns from your actions to improve its filtering accuracy over time.
  • SMS Shield: This app filters incoming texts based on keywords, phone numbers, and other criteria. It also allows you to create whitelists for important contacts.

When considering third-party apps, be sure to read reviews and research the developer to ensure the app is trustworthy and respects your privacy.

Reporting Spam Texts

If you’re receiving spam texts, you can also report them to your carrier or the appropriate authorities. Most carriers have a dedicated email address or short code for reporting spam. For example:

  • AT&T: Forward the spam text to 7726 (SPAM)
  • T-Mobile: Forward the spam text to 7726 (SPAM)
  • Verizon: Forward the spam text to 7726 (SPAM)

You can also report spam texts to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) by forwarding the message to 7726 (SPAM) or filing a complaint online at


Blocking unwanted text messages on your iPhone XR is a simple process that can help reduce distractions, protect your privacy, and keep you safe from potential scams. By using the built-in blocking and filtering features, as well as exploring third-party app options, you can take control of your messaging experience and enjoy a clutter-free inbox.

Remember to stay vigilant and never click on links or share personal information in response to unsolicited texts, even if they appear to be from a legitimate source. With these tips and tools, you can confidently navigate the world of text messaging on your iPhone XR.


How do I unblock a contact I previously blocked on my iPhone XR?

To unblock a contact:

  1. Go to Settings > Messages > Blocked Contacts
  2. Tap “Edit” in the top-right corner
  3. Tap the red minus icon next to the contact you want to unblock
  4. Tap “Unblock” to confirm

Will a blocked contact know they’ve been blocked?

No, a blocked contact will not be notified that they’ve been blocked. Their messages will appear to send normally on their end, but they will not be delivered to your device.

Can I block texts from unknown senders without blocking calls?

Yes, the “Filter Unknown Senders” feature in Messages only filters text messages. Calls from unknown numbers will still come through normally unless you block them separately.

What should I do if I accidentally blocked an important contact?

If you accidentally blocked an important contact, simply unblock them using the steps outlined above. They will be able to contact you again, and you will receive any messages they sent while they were blocked.

Can I block texts from a specific country code?

While there is no built-in feature to block texts from a specific country code, you can use third-party apps like SMS Shield to create filters based on country codes or other criteria. Alternatively, you can block individual numbers with foreign country codes as you receive them.