Spam messages are the real pain in the neck and chances are that you have been frustrated by those spam texts appearing on your iPhone or Android phone. Smart phones have become the target for marketing campaigns. Sometimes, you have willingly given your phone number to a company and now they are sending you ads. But sometimes spam messages come from fake phone numbers with fake offers. Today, I will show you how you can block spam messages on your mobile phones.
Block spam messages on iPhone
Getting rid of spammers is pretty simple on an iPhone. In fact, you can actually do that right from the settings menu. In other words, you won’t need to manage much complications or install a third-party app to stop spammers from texting you on your iPhone. Here are steps you need to take to block spam messages on an iPhone. Remember, this will work as long as you are running iOS 7 or later.
- Open the spam message that you have received
- Tap on the name or number of the contact
- Tap the little “i” button next to the name of the contact
- Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and tap “Block This Caller“
By taking these steps, the target number will no longer be able to send messages and you have managed to save yourself from the trouble of deleting all those bothering spam text messages. Do you want to see all the contacts and phone numbers that you have already blocked? Just go to Settings > Messages and scroll all the way down to find the “Blocked” option. You will now be able to view a list of people you have blocked. To unblock, just swipe the contact or phone number from right to left and tap the red “Unblock” button.
Block spam messages on Android
The steps to block messages on Android are a little bit more tricky. Blocking calls on Android is rather easy, however, the stock messaging app on your Android phone does not let you block spam messages. This is while there is a great number of third-party apps on Google Play which allow you to block unwanted callers. Here are different methods you can use to stop someone from sending you spam messages
Add to spam
One of the best ways you can use to stop spammers from texting you is through adding them to your spam list on your phone. All you need to do in order to add a number to your spam list is to long press on the message on the list of your messages and then tap “Add to spam list” from the opened menu. Please note that depending on your Android version, you might see different names for your spam list.
Contact your service provider
Every carrier company has its own internal ways to block a particular number and stop it from reaching you. If you really don’t want a person to be able to reach you, you can just contact your carrier and ask for their help. You can even do this using your carrier website. There is always a tab in carrier websites for blocking messages. If you find it difficult to navigate the website, you can always try calling your service provider and asking for their help.
Use SMS blocker apps
If the two methods mentioned above doesn’t work for you, your last resort would be to use applications which are designed for this purpose. Just search the phrase “SMS block” on Google Play and you will see a plethora of apps you can download and use.
If you are looking for an app that can do this for you in the best way possible, you can use Truecaller application. This application allows you to view the name of the sender in text messages from unknown numbers. You can also block advertising and spam text messages. You can even block numbers with names or phone numbers.
I hope you found this tutorial article useful. If you have any questions or any trouble downloading the file, please don’t hesitate to mention it in the comments section.
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