People are just realising iPhone has two hidden inboxes – the perks are too good to ignore

Check your iPhone now – there are two hidden inboxes waiting to be discovered.

Once you find them, you can take advantage of their practical benefits.

Check out the Messages app on your iPhone


Check out the Messages app on your iPhonePhoto credit: Apple

It’s possible you’ve been using iMessage for years without realizing it.

But Apple has incorporated some clever iPhone hacks into its default Messages app.

The first hidden inbox contains all your recently deleted iPhone texts.

This is extremely useful as it allows you to quickly recover messages that you may have accidentally (or regrettably) deleted from your phone.

Hidden inbox

To find it, go to the Messages app.

Now on the conversations (or filters) page, tap Edit.

Then tap on “Show recently deleted files”.

From there, it’s possible to recreate any conversation you want.

Note that after 30 days, deleted messages end up in the trash permanently.

So if you want to keep (but hide) a message indefinitely, you can restore it and then delete it again.

It is also important to note that you can only use deleted messages to recover texts on iOS 16 or later.

However, this is not the only hidden message inbox on your iPhone.

Second hidden inbox…

It is also possible to set up a second inbox to save messages from unknown contacts.

This is a great way to filter out spam.

Go to Settings > Messages, scroll down to Message filtering, and then select Filter unknown senders.

You can then return to Messages and tap Filter to choose the best layout for your needs.

To avoid spam, it is best to select “Known Senders”.

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This is an easy way to avoid spam.

And you can always check the Unknown Senders stack to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Alley Einstein

Alley Einstein is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Alley Einstein joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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