Turn iOS Text Message Filtering on or off

Document created by asmith Employee on Apr 24, 2018Last modified by jyamada on Jan 23, 2019
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When Text Message Filtering is turned on, Malwarebytes for iOS detects SMS spam messages and sorts them into a separate list on your iPhone.  To turn Text Message Filtering on or off in Malwarebytes for iOS, refer to your device's Settings app.


Apple does not provide a method for third-party apps, like Malwarebytes for iOS, to determine whether their spam filtering is turned on in Messages.  As a result, the Malwarebytes for iOS Dashboard cannot display statuses regarding Text Message Filtering.  To see how Text Message Filtering works in Malwarebytes for iOS, refer to Security of Text Message Filtering in Malwarebytes for iOS.


  1. Open the Settings app.

  2. Scroll down, then tap Messages.

  3. Scroll down and tap Unknown & Spam.

  4. To turn Text Message Filtering on or off, tap the switch next to Malwarebytes.

  5. Tap Enable to confirm you'd like to enable the Malwarebytes SMS Spam Filter.


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