Spam text messages can be annoying and dangerous, but they are actually illegal in the United States. Even worse, they are easy to accidentally send! Thankfully, there are plenty of spam text message blocking apps available on the App Store that can easily combat this problem and make your life much easier in the process. Below, we’ll look at the best spam text blockers for options and their key features so you can easily find the right app for your needs. So, let’s get started!
RoboKiller: Spam Call Blocker
RoboKiller automatically blocks calls from telemarketers, scammers, and other unwanted calls even before your phone rings. Even if scammers change their number, it has the ability to identify them by the “Digital Fingerprint” of their voice. If you think too many calls are being blocked, you can whitelist any number, any time, to unblock them. So, with RoboKiller, you can not only have access to all the calls that they block or send to you, but you are also able to make your own customized list of allowed and blocked callers. With its SMS spam protection, it’ll also block unwanted text messages.
- Spammers are directly added to the spam call blocker’s blocklist without bothering you.
- Protect yourself from a scam by blocking phone calls that you don’t want and keep the number blocked for as long as you want.
- Reduce the unwanted calls up to 90% in the first 30 days by utilizing the spam filter.
- You can also temporarily disable the spam blocker if you’re expecting an important call to an unknown number and can block it later when you’re ready.
- Blacklist updates automatically to make sure the most up-to-date protection and blocking even the sneakiest scam call.
- Choose from a library of hundreds of hilarious Answer Bots to get your robocall retaliation and fight back in contrast to scammers.
- Track emerging spam call trends in your area and help others by reporting additional information regarding phone scams RoboKiller has blocked.
4.5/5 on Apple Store
RoboKiller offers both free and paid plans. To get advanced features, you can subscribe to its paid plan that costs $3.99 per month or $29.99 per year, or $39.99 for 2-year subscription. It also offers a 7-day free trial.
iOS 12.0 or later, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
- Free 7-day trial
- Incredibly entertaining and gratifying
- Answer Bots take the call for you and regularly update RoboKiller’s block list
- It lets you personalize the blocklist and whitelist
- SMS spam protects blocks unwanted text messages
- It is available for both iOS and Android devices
- Sometimes Answer Bots are not really reliable
TextKiller – Spam Text Blocker
TextKiller is the new spam text blocking app that’s creating a world without spam texts. With TextKiller, you’re instantly protected from more than 100,000,000 known phone scams, and counting! TextKiller’s intuitive and easy-to-use features ensure you get all the texts you want, and none that you don’t. TextKiller’s innovative text blocking technology has already been featured by The New York Times, NBC, Wired, Engadget, Vice, and many other publications.
- Eliminate 99% of spam texts automatically
- Control who can text you
- Customize your text blocking
- Train TextKiller To Get Smarter
4.4/5 on Apple Store
TextKiller offers a 7-day free trial. To get advanced features, you can subscribe to its paid plan that cost $3.99 a month and $29.99 for a year.
iOS 13.0 or later, iPhone, iPad.
- App setup is easy.
- It’s not 100% effective at stopping robocalls, but it did cut down on the number of them.
- The answer bot function works only twice a month.
Block Spam Text & Call – TM Check
TM Check was created to filter spam calls and texts. It’s an app that you download onto your smartphone and set up with the help of your carrier, who can give you all the details that you need to know about getting the app and using it in your area. Using TM Check, you’ll be able to block spam text messages, calls, and even email messages so that no spam reaches your phone without you knowing about it first. There are multiple ways to use this app, so let’s take a look at some of them now!
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- Free for Smart Spam Text Filter: automatically filter unwanted spam text messages from scammers and spammers.
- Receive all the text messages you want and none that you don’t.
- 24/7 Spam & Scam Detection: stay safe from text messages sent from suspicious phone numbers containing spam & scam URLs and text.
4.7/5 on Apple Store
iOS 11.0 or later, iPhone and iPod
When you sign up for TM Check, you can choose to block either texts or calls or both. Texts cost $0.99/month and calls cost $2.99/month. There is also a 7-day free trial for both features. To block texts, simply go to the settings tab and select Block texts. For calls, go to the settings tab and select Block calls. You can also choose to add numbers to your blocked list manually.
- Constant, daily improvements via user ratings.
- Extremely easy to use.
- Unique customization options.
- The manual blocking setting is hidden in the menu.
- Not easy to add new numbers to the block list.
Junkman: A.I. SMS Blocker
Junkman is the most powerful SMS filtering app for iOS 15 or later. It can classify incoming messages as normal, junk, transaction, or promotion. It will not classify old messages. It works completely locally on your device without the need for any network connectivity.
Junkman primarily uses a state-of-the-art machine learning algorithm called Smart Filter, which is trained with thousands of messages in English and Turkish languages. This results in artificial intelligence which can detect the language of a message and then check and classify the message contents. The Smart Filter can differentiate between normal (conversations etc.), transaction (bank OTP messages, shipping information, doctor appointments, etc.), and junk (promotional, gambling, unsolicited, spam, etc.) messages instantly. It treats all promotion messages as junk.
- Smart Filter: A state-of-the-art machine learning algorithm that can classify any message in English or Turkish as normal, junk, or transaction;
- Aggressive Filter: A special algorithm to directly filter the most invasive junk messages without the need for the Smart Filter;
- Rule lists, supporting any input, including powerful regular expressions (Regex);
- Reporting Extension support to report messages that you think were not classified correctly by the Smart Filter (iPhone only);
- Configuration testing that lets you check any message to see the classification in real-time;
- iCloud sync support for sender lists to sync information between your devices;
- Support for both iOS and iPadOS devices;
- Silences notifications for junk messages on Apple Watch;
- Detailed VoiceOver design for better accessibility support;
- Dark mode support;
- Interoperability with Begone – Call Blocker and Directory
4.7/5 on Apple Store
All the fun that Junkman can afford you will be yours for only 29.99 USD yearly –it comes to 2.50 USD monthly.
iOS 15.0 or later, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- See caller ID of past spam calls.
- Auto-record phone calls.
- Unique features like call reminders.
- Built-in store for upgrades.
- Includes advertisements in the free version.
- Must make a user account.
- More bloated than most call-blocking apps.
RealCall – Call and Text Spam and Scam Blocker
RealCall is a tool that focuses on blocking spam calls and spam text messages for both IOS and Android. Based on a strong number database and continuous iteration of blocking rules, it can effectively block 99% of robocalls, fraudulent calls, marketing calls, and of course, spam SMS. RealCall blocks numbers that are on the Global Blacklist of spam numbers, which is updated daily. When a number on this global blacklist calls you, it will automatically be blocked by RealCall.
- Realcall protection: the blocklist supports real-time updates, collecting millions of detected spam numbers and assisting you to block calls with an accuracy of up to 99%; important robocalls, like doctor appointments and school closings, are able to get through based on the Yellow Pages.
- Smart Assistant: AI Models help stay ahead of scammers before answering unknown calls with Scam Block technologies identifying; help you get revenge on all robocalls you don’t want to see anymore; automatically sends it to voicemail when you miss a call.
- Real SMS Protection: Custom blocking rules including specific keywords & numbers, number series; Fraud Awareness Building, with RealCall prevention and education and case studies
- Lookup: RealCall offers a rich and authentic database for you to see who it is; get more tips & tricks on the Fraud Prevention Academy. Learn how to stop spam calls and texts from reaching your smartphone.
4.5/5 on Apple Store
RealCall is a free service, in principle. But the free version doesn’t include spam call blocking, so you need to upgrade to its Premium package if that’s your priority. That will cost you 1.49 USD monthly.
iOS 13.0 or later, iPhone and iPod touch.
- A free app without any paid features;
- Secure and doesn’t require registration;
- Doesn’t collect your data;
- Intuitive interface;
- Minimalistic design.
- Doesn’t offer a database;
- A limited number of features;
- Some categories of unwanted calls may get through.