Bouncer - Private SMS Blocker 4+

Filter unwanted SMS messages

Banshai SAS

    • 4.5 • 216 Ratings
    • Free

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Bouncer a simple SMS and MMS filtering app that moves unwanted messages to the "Junk", "Promotion" and "Transaction" sections of the Messages app.

Different to other apps, Bouncer does not share, upload or send any of your personal information or SMS messages to a remote server. All the filtering happens locally on your phone, based on your own private word or regular expression list.

* Filter SMS messages using a simple list of words
* Catalog filtered messages in iOS 14+ categories (Junk, Transaction, Promotion)
* Unlimited number of filter rules
* Localized in English, Spanish, and Arabic
* Supports both word lists and regular expressions

Open Source!
Bouncer is 100% open source, does not include any third party libraries and does not track you or collects personal information.

Feel free to explore and contribute at Github:

Bouncer is open source and open to contributions. Check out the project at Github:

What’s New

Version 2.2.3

Minor bugfixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
216 Ratings

216 Ratings

Adam S63 ,

Works well

All of a sudden I started receiving spam texts, over the last few days, so I installed this app. After creating a block list I tested it and it works fine. It would be nice if it came with a standard list, with the most common keywords which you could customize. Also too bad these apps don’t work with iMessage, only SMS. Since it’s free with no ads, I can’t really complain.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for the review and the suggestions. A pre-populated list for a quick start might be a good idea. I'll look into that!

VeeIsMe ,

Actually works, once you figure out what to filter

I get an average of 3+ spam texts per day, and while it wasn’t working at first once I realized that the one thing all these scammy annoying messages have in common is that they always have hyperlinks to multi-redirect sites, and added “http” to my filter, I haven’t actually gotten a notification for one in 3 days!

Thank you, developers! I’ve had my phone number for 13 years and was starting to seriously consider changing it because I was going batty with the non-stop spam texts.

Developer Response ,

Glad you find it useful! 🎉

llaughridge ,

Works great, I have a few feature requests.

1. I have SMS forwarding turned on so I can use my MacBook to send/receive SMS via my phone in addition to just iMessages. Even though SMS spam are filtered on my phone, they get passed to Messages on my Mac so I see them anyway. Can that be fixed in any way?

2. I want to be able to block ENTIRE area codes. 100% of my text spam right now comes from 3 area codes and I just want to make them completely go away. Can this be added?

3. Can you add an option to automatically report spam to the carrier? Just forward the filtered message to 7726 (SPAM), wait for the automated response asking for the number, then reply with the 10-digit number the spam came from.

4. As others have requested, regex filtering.


Developer Response ,

Thank you for the feedback!

At this point, Apple does not allow to use filtering on your Mac or Apple watch, but as soon as they enable that feature, I’ll make sure to add it to Bouncer.

Blocking area codes is a great idea, but for now, Apple only allows us to filter based on subject or message content and there are no permissions to forward or modify the messages, so for now, I don’t think is posiblle, but will keep my eyes peeled in case it becomes available.

Regex filtering is on the features list, for sure, and coming up soon..

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