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How to Block Text Messages on iOS and Android Devices

How to Block Text Messages on iOS and Android Devices

by Novak Bozovic25/08/2016
Every now and then, there is a need to block someone from calling or texting you. Sometimes this can be a persuasive salesperson, or simply a contact that you need a digital break from for some time.

Either way, there is a simple solution that is already built-in to your smartphone which allows you to block someone from contacting you. The following guide will teach you how to block a number or contact from texting you, and it applies to users of iOS and Android devices.

Block text messages on iPhone

Starting from iOS 7, there is a simple way to block someone. Apple even offers a granular support for this feature, so you can fine tune different aspects of it. This is how you can block someone from calling, texting (via traditional app or iMessages), and also someone from your FaceTime list of contacts.

How to block a number

For messages specifically, you will need to tap the message from the contact you want to block. Now tap on Details in the top-right corner. This is where you will see an “i” icon, which will open the Info page.

Among the information you will see, there is an option to block a contact. That way you’ll block text messages for the selected contact as well.

There is also another way to do this. Go to Settings > Messages > Blocked. This is where you will see a list of contacts that made it to your list of blocked contacts. Tap on Add New, and add a new entry.

What you need to know about this method is that this list is shared between different built-in apps. This saves you from having to go to the Phone and FaceTime apps, in order to do the same thing.

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Blocking Texts from Private and Unknown Numbers in iOS

There is also a way to block numbers that appear as unknown or private, which is often the case with salespeople. There is a way to block them from reaching you, which can be done in Settings > Messages, and toggling on the Filter Unknown Senders.

This actually creates a new tab in your Messages app, called “Unknown Senders”. Even though you won’t completely block them, you won’t get notifications about these messages. This way, you can review the list once in a while and delete them.

Report Spam iMessages

Companies are starting to use iMessages to advertise their products, which can be annoying at times. Luckily, there is a way to report spam messages.

If a sender is not in your contacts list, you will see a note right under the message, which is where you can report junk messages. This information will be forwarded to Apple. The company collects this information and renders the person or bot unable to send anything.

How to Block Text Messages on iOS and Android Devices

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Block Texts On an Android

Since there are different Android variations, there are different ways to block someone. We are going to tell you how to do this on a Nexus phone, but we are also going to talk about Samsung, LG, and HTC phones.

Nexus Phones

The easiest way to block someone from texting you on a Nexus phone is by using the Messenger app. Open the app and start a new conversation with one of your contacts. However, before sending a message, tap on More – represented by three vertical dots in the upper right corner. Select People & Options, and tap on Block.

Another way is to open the Messenger app, touch and hold the conversation you want to block, and tap on Block in the top right corner.

Samsung Phones

If you use a Samsung phone, you can go to Messages > More > Settings, where you will see an option that says Block Messages. From here, you need to manually add the contact’s number by tapping on the plus sign, similarly to how this option works on iOS devices.

How to block texts on galaxy s7

Go to your Messages app > Tap More > then Tap on Settings. From drop down menu select Block Messages > tap on Block list. Now you can add number or contact to Block list, and that’s it. Simply as that.

LG Phones

In difference from other Android-powered phones, LG phones allow you to select messages as spam. You need to open the built-in messaging app and tap on messages you want to block. Now go to Menu > Register Spam Number. The number you selected should now be registered as spam and successfully blocked.

HTC Phones

HTC’s method is very similar to LG’s. Open the built-in Messages app, and then tap and hold on messages from an unwanted contact. You should see the Message Options appear, which is where you fill find the wanted option.

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Bottom line

If you’re worried whether someone will see that you blocked them, you will be happy to know that there’s no easy way to do that. For example, a sender can still send messages, but you won’t be able to see them nor will you get notified in any way.

In addition, blocking contacts goes one way, which means that you can still make a call or FaceTime someone you’ve previously blocked. However, it is probably for the best if you delete those contacts from your phone. This is the best way to keep away from suspicious messages.

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Novak Bozovic
Tech editor and architecture student. His stories have featured in numerous online publications covering hottest stories about IT-and tech trends.

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