TikTok user reveals “super useful” iPhone hack to block spam messages: “I needed this”
TikTok user goes viral after sharing his hack for how to report spam messages on an iPhone.
TikTok has long been a home for surprising and useful iPhone hacks. In the past, users have shared tips for “disguising” applications, taking screenshots of entire web pages, and “secretly” recording conversations.
This last tip, from user @kadama, offers a potential solution for a very boring IPhone Problem: Spam SMS.
In his video, @kadama shows how to report spam text messages on iPhone in a few quick steps.
To begin with, the TikToker displays a text on its iPhone. Then he selects the message by holding his finger on it, then clicks the “more” button when the text options appear. From there, he clicks on the arrow icon in the lower right corner. This button allows iPhone users to forward a message to another number.
From there @kadama sends the spam message to number 7726. He quickly receives a confirmation message that the spam has been reported.
“This will flag it as spam and you will never be bothered again,” @kadama says in his video.
It turns out that this is less of an iPhone hack and more of a phone service hacking. 7726 is actually an official number set up by the Federal Trade Commission (on an old-fashioned phone keypad, the numbers literally spell “SPAM”).
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asks anyone who receives spam messages to report the number using the text hotline or by going to ReportFraud.ftc.gov.
TikTok users were largely unaware of this feature, and many were grateful for it. Some have called the hack “awesome” or “super useful”.
“I needed it,” wrote one user.
“Thank you very much for sharing,” added another.
“I have so many numbers to send it’s not even funny! another wrote.
Some users were more skeptical. A few reviewers wrote that reporting spam was almost pointless.
“But they keep changing the number,” wrote one user.
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