Receiving unwanted text messages can be embarrassing and especially cumbersome, especially when your phone's storage space is limited. If you receive mountains of messages from a pushy ex or a spam bot, your phone memory is wasted and your bank account is slowly emptying. Attack the problem at its source before receiving a hefty bill! This article will show you how to block spam messages once and for all.
Part 1 of 4: Block messages through your company
Step 1. Call the technical service of your mobile phone company
They probably have a phone number that you can call to resolve technical issues. To get started, call this number. Your company's technical department will likely give you options to block unwanted messages. The following are the technical or customer service phone numbers for the four largest cell phone companies in the United States:
- AT&T: 1-800-331-0500;
- Sprint: 1-888-211-4727;
- T-Mobile: 1-877-453-1304;
- Verizon: 1-800-922-0204;
- many companies also offer online chat services to resolve technical issues.
Step 2. Block messages with Online Control
Some mobile phone companies, such as Verizon, Sprint, or T-Mobile, allow their subscribers to block messages (and calls) that come from a particular number or from free numbers. To use this service, you must pay for a subscription from a registered online account. Log into your profile, then navigate to "My Verizon", "My T-Mobile" or "My Sprint". The option to block numbers is found in the Manage Controls and Parental Controls submenu for Verizon, in “Services” for T-mobile, and in “Restrictions and Permissions” for Sprint.
Note: Online blocks may eventually expire. For example, blocks configured from using Verizon's online service expire after 90 days. Be sure to reconfigure the problem numbers to keep an active block. The paid options of the Premium service can allow you to block phone numbers permanently
Step 3. Use a paid "child protection" service
Other cell phone companies, like AT&T, won't block messages unless you subscribe to certain child screening services. These services are not free, in general, you have to pay a few euros per month and per line. However, they do offer a lot of options to protect privacy, for example the ability to block messages that come from certain numbers. If the cost of receiving these unwanted messages is higher than the price of your company's child control service, consider subscribing to this service.
Part 2 of 4: deal with spam messages
Step 1. Try to send STOP
“STOP” is the most common response to withdraw from an advertising market. If you receive spam messages from a service you have subscribed to, try this method. It is not guaranteed to work, but it is quick and easy to use. If it works, it saves you wasting time calling your company to block numbers.
If you have set up a signature that is automatically inserted in the body of the message, remember to delete it or deactivate it before sending
Step 2. Do not respond to announcements from unknown senders
Some announcements are sent automatically by programs designed to send announcements to randomly selected numbers. In this case, responding to the announcement (even with the single word STOP) can potentially make the problem worse. A response informs the program that there is indeed a human at the end of this number and it will continue to send you announcements. If you receive a spam message that comes from a source you don't recognize, ignore it. If the situation persists, try one of the other methods.
Step 3. Report spam messages
Most companies allow you to report spam free of charge. To report a spam message, copy the message and send it to 7726 (SPAM). This SPAM reporting service is operated by the GSM Association, a trade association for major operators in the United States. By reporting spam, you help reduce a source of annoyance for yourself, but also for other mobile phone users.
Other countries use different numbers to report spam. In France, it is the number 33700. In India, it is number 1909
Part 3 of 4: Block Messages on iOS7
Step 1. Open the Messages app
If you've recently received a spam message and it's still in your history, you can easily block the sender. In the Messages app, select the message sent by the number you want to block. Select Contact then Info. Scroll down to Block this sender.
When your stalker sends you a message, it will show on their phone as delivered, but you will not receive it
Step 2. You can also launch the Settings app
This method allows you to block messages from a sender who is in your contacts, but not in your message history. In the Settings application, scroll down to Phone then Blocked. Select Add New. Now find the person you want to block from your contact list. Select this person and they will be blocked!
Step 3. Try to download an app to block messages
Another method to block messages on iPhones is to download an app from the Apple store. There are a variety of paid and free applications, each with its own characteristics, some of which for example offer the ability to browse blocked messages. Here are some apps that can block messages on Apple products:
- iBlacklist (requires an unlocked device).
Part 4 of 4: Block Messages on Android Phones
Step 1. Open your mailbox
Select the unwanted message. Keep it selected for three seconds. A menu should appear. Select "Save as junk number". Future messages sent from this number will be redirected to your spam folder and you will not receive a notification when they are received.
The steps in this method may vary depending on your Android operating system version. Your phone may not have this option, if so, ask about the SMS blocker app (see below)
Step 2. You can also open the phone function
Select “Menu”, then “Call settings”, then “Call rejection” then “Automatic rejection list”. In this folder, you can select “Create” to add a blocked number. You can also block calls and messages from unknown numbers by checking the "Unknown" box.
As above, these steps may differ depending on which Android phone you have. If this method doesn't work, try using a free app (see below)
Step 3. Download a message blocker app
The Google Play store contains an extensive selection of apps that provide options for blocking unwanted messages. Most of these free apps work well, however, they are usually sponsored by advertisers. Here are some blocking apps for Android.
- SMS Blocker - Award Winning
- Call and SMS blocker extension
- Easy blocking of calls and SMS
- Dead2Me call and SMS blocker