I have a love/hate relationship with the Messages app on my iPhone. Sure, it’s a great app that’s gotten a lot of new features recently. On the other hand, it can quickly become overwhelming if you receive a lot of messages – and iOS doesn’t do a great job of helping you manage those messages by default.
Here are three tips I’ve found that help me keep the Messages app under control.
Filtering unknown senders
Did you know that iOS has a feature that lets you filter your Messages app by known and unknown senders? Over the years, I’ve learned that most people don’t know about this feature – and it’s a game changer. Here’s how to enable this setting:
Open the Settings app
Scroll down and choose “Messages”
Toggle on the “Filter Unknown Senders” option
Once turned on, the Messages app will sort messages from people who are not in your contacts into a separate list. In the Messages app, you’ll see a new “Filters” arrow in the upper-left corner where you can choose to view all messages, known senders, unknown senders, or unread messages.
Delete autofill texts
For years, iOS has automatically filled in two-factor authentication codes when you receive them via the Messages app. In iOS 17, Apple has added a new option to have these two-factor messages automatically deleted after you’ve used them.
The option to enable this auto-delete feature is buried in the Settings app:
Tap the “Password Options” button
Toggle on the “Clean Up Automatically” setting
This will “automatically delete verification codes in Messages and…
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