This article will provide help on how to reduce spam email on iPhone, iPad (Mini), and iPod Touch. Most email providers have fairly sophisticated algorithms that catch a lot of spam from ever getting to your inbox. However, spammers are smart and they keep innovating on ways to get unwanted spam emails to you. So, what can be done to help reduce spam email on your iOS device? Here are a few tips to help you:
1. Try not to open any spam emails and never click on suspicious links
Every time you open a spam email, it lets the sender know that there is an active email account and user at the email address the spam was sent to. So, one way to reduce spam is to just swipe on the message in your inbox and then tap on the Delete button that appears. This deletes the spam but doesn’t report it. Sometimes the spam email appears at the top of your inbox and is the default selected email when you launch the Mail app and opens automatically. Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent this. If this happens, don’t click on any of the links. Simply swipe to reveal the Delete button and then delete the spam email.
2. Move emails to Junk Folder or Spam Folder to Report it as spam email (iCloud and Gmail)
Deleting junk email is one way to get rid of spam but it doesn’t prevent it from getting sent again. There is a way to actually report spam email as spam. Here’s how: go to your inbox and locate the spam email but don’t open it. Then, tap on the Edit button at the top right of your screen. This will allow you to select the email by tapping in the little circle to the left of the message without actually opening the email. Once you have selected the spam email, tap on the Move button at the bottom middle of the screen. Locate and then tap on the Junk Folder or Spam Folder in your email account. This will move the spam email to this folder and it will report it to the spam filter as junk mail. Over time, this helps improve spam filters on the server.
3. Create a Rule in your iCloud account to automatically re-route an unwanted message
If the above steps don’t help with reducing spam emails from a particular sender, you can create something called a “Rule”. A Rule will automatically detect a message from a particular sender and reroute it to a specific folder – Trash Folder, Junk Mail Folder or any other folder you specify. In order to create a rule for your iCloud account, you will need to access your account on a normal computer’s web browser. First, select and copy the senders email address from the spam email you received. Then, go to iCloud.com and login. Click on the Mail icon. Once your email account has loaded, click on the little gear icon in the upper right and select “Rules…” from the drop down menu. Next, click on “Add Rule…” which will allow you to paste the sender’s email address in the popup box. Once you have pasted the email address, select “Move to Folder” to automatically reroute all future messages to a specific folder on your account. You can route the messages directly to the Trash, to the Junk Folder (which will report it to Apple as spam email), or to another folder that you specify. After selecting the folder, then click on Done and your rule will be created.
That’s it. Now every future spam email from that particular sender will get rerouted according to the rule that you created. Pretty handy!
Following these tips on how to report and reduce spam email on iPhone, iPad (Mini), and iPod Touch will definitely help get rid of unwanted spam emails that end up in your inbox.