iOS 16 Lets You Sort Personal and Work Messages on Dual-SIM iPhones

iOS 16 introduces a useful new feature for dual-SIM iPhone users: the ability to sort messages per SIM in the Messages app. This feature is particularly beneficial to those who have both personal and work lines set up on a single iPhone.

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"Messages now supports the ability for customers with a dual SIM iPhone to filter their messages based on their SIMs," says Apple's release notes for the second beta of iOS 16, which was made available to developers for testing on Wednesday. When enabled, the feature filters both iMessages and SMS/MMS messages.

It appears that per-SIM message sorting requires enabling message filtering in the Settings app under Messages → Filter Unknown Senders. Then, users can tap on the icon with three dots at the top of the Messages app, which opens a menu with options to sort messages based on "All Lines" or individual SIMs, such as Personal, Business, or Travel.

iPhone XS and newer models are equipped with both a physical nano-SIM card slot and a digital eSIM, allowing for dual-SIM functionality. This means you can have two lines of service on one iPhone, which is useful for having personal and business lines on a single iPhone or for purchasing data-only plans via eSIM while traveling abroad. Starting with the iPhone 13 lineup, dual-SIM mode also works with two eSIMs.

iOS 16 is currently in beta for registered Apple developers. The update will be released to all users with an iPhone 8 or newer around September.

Related Roundups: iOS 16, iPadOS 16
Related Forum: iOS 16

Top Rated Comments

Fabian90 Avatar
8 months ago
Is it possible to automatically switch on/off a SIM at a set time? Example: Work SIM only active from 9-5
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JosephAW Avatar
8 months ago
Wished they solve the search issues of older messages. It’ll show the results in a search but when you tap the message it jumps to the most recent text message instead of the search results.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Joe Rossignol Avatar
8 months ago

Starting with the iPhone 13 lineup, dual-SIM mode also works with two eSIMs.

I did not even know this! Does that mean you can have two eSim activated + a physical sim or is it two eSim or 1 eSim and one physical sim?
2 eSIMs *OR* 1 eSIM + 1 nano-SIM.

Apple: "With iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13, and iPhone 13 mini, you can use Dual SIM with either two active eSIMs or a nano-SIM and an eSIM."

Source: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT209044
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mousse Avatar
8 months ago

It simply bewilders me, do none of the Apple engineers actually use Apple devices and software? Aren't they constantly frustrated by the obvious missing functionality? Don't they go into work and start nerding away at fixing them, if nothing else, so that they can use those fixes themselves?
Eat your own dog food. ('https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eating_your_own_dog_food')

Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sideshowuniqueuser Avatar
8 months ago

Wished they solve the search issues of older messages. It’ll show the results in a search but when you tap the message it jumps to the most recent text message instead of the search results.
It just struck me what the problem is. Apple are missing a Steve Woz. Massively. Woz would sort out all these obvious, and long missing, features pronto.

It simply bewilders me, do none of the Apple engineers actually use Apple devices and software? Aren't they constantly frustrated by the obvious missing functionality? Don't they go into work and start nerding away at fixing them, if nothing else, so that they can use those fixes themselves?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ChromeAce Avatar
8 months ago
This doesn’t solve the problem of multiple phone numbers in iMessage, which you don’t need Dual-SIM to have. iCloud lets you add multiple phone numbers in one account. I need to be able to have iMessages segregated by my sending number, not all grouped together based on the destination number. Also, if multiple phone numbers are in a contact, iMessage groups all messaging to that contact into one window. So there’s PLENTY more work to do. For years, I’ve been messaging people from the wrong numbers because I can’t tell which is being used to send. And I can’t tell who I’m talking to at a company because 5 different numbers are texting me from the same contact and what should be 5 distinct conversations gets merged into one. This isn’t rocket science. Figure it out.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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