How to Filter iMessages from Unknown Senders in iOS 8.3 or Later on iPhone

When Apple released iOS 8 last year, Messages app was kind of revamped with the addition of some highly appreciable add-ons such as, Quick Reply. By allowing iPhone and iPad users to reply to any message right from Notification Center, Apple perfected the elegance of jailbreak tweaks with its own masterpiece.

With iOS 8.3 release, Apple has added another smart feature “Filter Unknown Senders” out of the books of jailbreak tweaks in the Messages app. It allows you to filter your iMessages from unknown senders who are not in your contact list. Should you wish to check out how it works, let me walk you through the process!

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How to Filter iMessages from Unknown Senders in iOS 9 or iOS 8 on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Launch Settings app Scroll down and tap on Messages.

Messages App Settings in iPhone

Step #2. Scroll down again and turn on Filter Unknown Senders.

Filter iMessage from Unknown Senders

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That’s it!

Henceforth, all the iMessages from unknown contacts will be listed separately under “Unknown Senders” in the Messages app. All the general messages and iMessages from your friends who are in your contact list will be listed under “Contact & SMS.”

View iMessage from Unknown Senders

You can toggle off Filter Unknown Senders option if you no longer need it by following the steps mentioned above.

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Though the Messages app has immensely improved, there are specific areas which can be addressed to make this app more user-friendly. Apple doesn’t allow Quick Reply for any third party apps like WhatsApp.

It would be nice if you can reply to your favorite third-party apps as well right from Notification Center.

What are the other improvements you want to see in Messages app? Do share your feedback with us in the comment below. Also, don’t forget to Download our app and stay tuned with us via Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus to never miss our latest articles.

Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


  1. Wel with the introduction is iOS 9 this feature is no longer active. Instead upon responding the message is automatically ported to the contacts. If someone knows how to get this function back to its way as it was in 8.3 please let me know


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