iMessage, the free messaging service from Apple, has clearly been a game changer for Apple. With some 500 billion of them sent world wide, it is clear iMessage is here to stay. With all those message though it can be daughnting if you are getting them from people you know but you don’t have contacts information on. Take for example someone you meet at a trade show or the like who ends up with your mobile number and send you an iMessage.
Fortunately Apple has a built-in filtering system for iMessage to prevent you from getting alerts on messages sent from
those not in your contacts. It can help filter the important ones from the not-so-important ones. Rest assured though that even if you turn on this filter, all your iMessages will still be in your Message box. You just won’t get an alert.
To enable this filter, go into Settings>Notifications and scroll down until you find Messages in the list. Tap on it then scroll down to towards the bottom where you will see a section Show iMessage Alerts From: You have two options: Everyone, which is the default, and My Contacts Only. If you tap My Contacts Only you will only get alerts on your Lock Screen or Notification Center of iMessages that are sent from someone in your contacts. Those who are not in your contacts simply get sent to your Messages app but do not alert you.
If you ever want to change it back to where you see every iMessage notification, simply move this setting back to Everyone.
This How To is applicable to iOS 6 and is for iPhone, iPad and iPad Mini as well as the iPod Touch.
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