iOS 16 sorts messages between known and unknown senders in your contact list

If you're like me, you probably have a lot of messages on your iPhone from people you don't know. It's not always easy to keep track of who's who, especially if there are multiple conversations going on at once. Thankfully, with the release of iOS 16, Apple has made it easier than ever to stay organized by sorting messages between known and unknown senders. Here's how it works.
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When you open the Messages app in iOS 16, you’ll see two tabs at the top: “Known Senders” and “Unknown Senders.” Known Senders are people who are in your contacts list or who you’ve previously exchanged messages with. Unknown Senders are everyone else.

How does it work?

You can choose which tab to view by default, or you can set it up so that both tabs are always visible. I personally prefer to have both tabs visible so that I can easily see which messages are from people I know and which ones are from people I don’t. However, some people may prefer to only see messages from known senders by default, as it offers a bit more privacy.

There are also some new options for managing unknown senders. For example, you can now choose to filter unknown sender messages so that only messages from verified phone numbers or email addresses appear in your inbox. This is a great way to reduce spam and keep your inbox feeling less cluttered.


Overall, I think this is a great addition to the Messages app. It’s simple but effective, and it makes it much easier to stay organized and keep track of important conversations. If you haven’t already upgraded to iOS 16, I would highly recommend doing so—you won’t be disappointed!

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