Spam messages create constant inconvenience. If you’re using iMessage on an iPhone or iPad, there’s a pretty decent chance one of these blaring spam messages has flashed on your screen, although I’m sure plenty of frustrated Android users have seen their fair share of SMS spam. The good news, though, is that the latest iPhones and Android phones will let you block unwanted callers and texters—including mobile spammers—with a fair amount of ease.
Easy Tips For iPhone:
As long as you have iOS 7 or later installed on your phone, it’s easy to avoid spam. Open the message, tap Contact, then tap the little “i” button that appears.Next, you’ll see a (mostly blank) contact card for the spammer who sent you the message. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and tap “Block this spammer.
Want to see all the numbers and iMessage users you’ve blocked? Tap Settings, Messages, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the screen, then tap Blocked. To remove someone from the list, swipe the number or address from right to left, then tap the red Unblock button. You need to do these steps will every sender.
Tips for Android:
The “stock” Messaging app won’t let you block SMS spammers. third-party SMS-blocking apps (like SMS Filter or Mr. Number) let you create and manage what’s called a “blacklist”—that is, a list of phone numbers that you don’t want to hear from again. Other anti-spam apps, like Postman and Spam Blocker, will go ahead and flag suspected SMS spam. Android phone needs to be updated to “KitKat” version.
To find out, tap Settings, “About phone,” then check the number that’s listed under “Android version.” If the number is 4.3 or below, your phone isn’t running on KitKat yet.
Make sure your phone has Android version 4.4(KitKat) and your device will need a new default messaging app that’s capable of blocking SMS spam.
There are many interesting apps in Google Play such as EvolveSMS,SMS Blocker which detects and blocks the suspected SMS Spam.
Another alternative is Google’s own Hangouts app, which not only sends and receives standard SMS messages but lets you place spammers on a “blocked” list.
Here’s how to block SMS spam with Hangouts on your KitKat-enabled phone.
- Download and install Hangouts from the Play Store.
- Tap Settings, tap “More” under the Wireless & Networks heading, then tap “Default SMS app.”
- You should now see a list of apps on yourphone (including Hangouts) capable of handling your SMS messages.
- Tap Hangouts, then head back to your phone’s home screen.
- Launch Hangouts—and as you do, you should notice that the app automatically imports all your old text messages. You will find spammy-looking SMS in your inbox? Open it, tap the three-dot menu button in the top corner of the screen, then tap “People & options.
- Tap “Block [number]” under the Hangout Options heading. Done!
- Want to see all the numbers that you’ve blocked? Tap the three-dot menu button again, tap Settings, SMS, then tap “Blocked numbers” to see the blacklist. Change your mind about a specific caller on the list? Tap the “Unblock” button next to their name.