Conversation List Filtering Preferences

iOS 8.3 brings a fairly significant new feature to the stock Messages app—Conversation List Filtering. This means that instead of just having one single “inbox” for conversations in the Messages app, you now have two, broken up via two tabs: Contacts & SMS and Filtered.

To enable the Conversation List Filter feature, head over to Settings →  Messages and flip the switch.

The Contacts and SMS tab features conversations by known iMessage contacts and SMS messages. The Filtered tab contains all messages from unknown correspondents—contacts that aren’t contained in your contacts app.

Messages Filtered Contacts and SMS

This new feature makes it easy to quickly separate important messages from potential junk and spam messages. In fact, Apple makes it so that you can quickly report junk messages that appeal in your Filtered list.

Delete and report junk

What do you think about this new Messages app feature? Do you think that it’ll make managing your Messages easier?

  • Too bad it’s only iMessage-related unknown people. Two tabs “Contacts” & “Filtered” both with SMS AND iMessage (known in Contacts, unknown in Filtered) would be of much more help. Next beta maybe!

    • SMS messages will head there too, after opening the message and it’s not in your contacts. It’s kinda weird how it works.

      • Brian Brown

        Or who knows, there might be more than two sections to view..

        Edit; which im hoping for

  • 9to5Slavery

    And why not add a trash and #hashtags as we’ll categories.

  • Eikast

    Wow. Great feature. I can’t wait for iOS 8.3

    • deepdvd

      If you really “can’t wait for iOS 8.3”, then just get the beta since it’s open to the public.

  • Greg Warren

    Not to mention a quick and easy way to find/delete old text conversations with people who aren’t relevant to me anymore since I’ve deleted them as a contact.

  • Merman123

    Should’ve showed Seb’s number Jeff!! Lol I kid

  • Chang in Charge

    It’s great that they are making it easier to report spam.

  • QuarterSwede

    I really would’ve preferred it if I could make two different categories like personal and work. That would be 100x more helpful to me.

    • Brian Brown

      it would only be a difference in alternating the category label..

      • QuarterSwede

        It’s a fundamental difference. Almost all of my work contacts are in my phone already and therefore wouldn’t be filtered.

  • Brian Brown

    Jeff, overall the new features is pretty cool. On the other hand, dont you think there should be a symbol, or an icon by the receipts name to represent if last message was sent or received? I’m going to submit this request into the r/jailbreak community

  • Brian Brown

    man, idk whether to upgrade or not atm..

  • port87

    idownloadblog sounds better than iDB.