How Do I Block Unwanted Text Messages on My Cellphone?

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Dear Lifehacker,
I am getting silly texts from individuals I do not even know and I can not get them to cease. It’s costing me cash! What can I do to dam them from texting me?

Terrified Texter

Dear Terrified Texter,

The best approach to block textual content messages is to dam them fully, which you are able to do by calling your cellphone supplier’s buyer help quantity. It’ll really prevent some huge cash and possibly enhance your use of the English language. Here are some well-liked US cellphone supplier contact numbers must you wish to take this extra excessive method:

  • AT&T: 1-800-331-0500
  • Verizon: 1-800-922-0204 (and other numbers)
  • Sprint: 1-888-211-4727
  • T-Mobile: 1-877-453-1304 or chat online

But for example you really like texting with different individuals and would like to simply ditch these weirdos who preserve sending you weird messages. In that case, there are another issues you may strive. Let’s break this up between smartphone choices and any cellphone choices.

Smartphone Options

If you may/wish to/do use Google Voice as your essential cellphone quantity, you may block calls/texts and report them as spam. Google Voice provides you so many nice choices and a lot management over how you utilize your cellphone that you do not get along with your cellphone supplier that it may well actually be well worth the swap. You may even ship messages from Chrome with the wonderful new Google Chrome browser extension. Then you may simply cancel your cellphone textual content messaging plan and use Google Voice as a substitute.

But Google Voice is not for everybody, so what else are you able to do? Well, not a lot in the event you’re not on an Android cellphone. There are a few exceptions, although. Jailbroken iPhone customers can seize iBlackList), and Symbian and Windows Mobile customers can seize Norton Smartphone Security. If you’re operating Android, you’ve got received a few choices:

There are fairly a number of extra, however these ought to be sufficient to get you began.

Any Phone Options

If you do not have a smartphone, generally you may name your provider and have them blacklist particular cellphone numbers. If you retain getting texts from new numbers, ignore them. When you reply to spam textual content messages they know they’re reaching you and can preserve making an attempt. Your finest protection apart from blocking is to by no means reply.

Most spam textual content messages come from the web, too. Whether you are conscious of it or not, you are assigned an e mail handle that may ship SMS messages to your cellphone (like [email protected]). Generally spammers will simply guess your quantity by trial and error (which is why replying may be so unhealthy, as a result of then they know you exist). Many carriers will give you the choice of making an alias and use that as a substitute of your cellphone quantity (so it could possibly be [email protected] as a substitute, for instance). That can typically get rid of many of the spam you may run into, except you you begin posting that e mail handle everywhere in the net. David Pogue, over on the New York Times, elaborates on this process and gives particular provider info that will help you out.

Those are your choices! Also, in the event you ever begin getting calls you do not need, here’s how to block those as well. Hope that helps!


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