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How to block and report spam text messages

How to block and report spam text messages
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Dealing with spam can be a pain, especially if your smartphone is constantly blowing up with non-stop notifications. So knowing how to block and report spam text messages on your phone will certainly prove to be useful.

Whether spam messages are come from random stores or accidental promotional newsletter signups, sadly there's no concrete solution that will keep text messages from coming in. Though there are ways you can reduce the number of incoming spam messages that come from the same sender. It comes down to blocking and reporting.

Below, we've included a step-by-step guide on how to block and report spam text messages that cover the whole process from start to finish on both iOS and Android devices. Both mobile operating systems have spam-protecting features that you can enable right now. 

But before we go any further, just a fair warning: If you tend to receive spam text messages, you should never respond or click on any links included in the message, especially if you're unsure whether the text comes from a legitimate seller.

How to block and report text spam on Android: setting up additional measures

1. First off, open the main menu and select the 'Messages' icon as shown below.

How to block and report spam text messages on Android

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2. Next, click on the three-dotted-icon located on the top right corner. This should reveal a new menu. 

How to block and report spam text messages on Android

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3. In the drop-down menu, go ahead and select the 'Settings' option as indicated on the screenshot below.

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4. You should now be able to view the extended 'Messages settings'. Select 'Block numbers and messages' to proceed.

How to block and report spam text messages on Android

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5. Next, click on the 'Caller ID and spam protection' option as shown below.

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6. You should now be able to toggle on the spam protection. This should help your smartphone identify any potential spam and scam senders/callers as well as those who aren't listed in your contacts.

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7. To finish off the process, go ahead and agree to the terms of service and privacy policy. Though make sure to give it a thorough read first. Got it? All done, you have now set up additional measures to protect yourself from spamming messages. 

How to block and report spam text messages on Android

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How to block specific spam text messages on Android

1. Open a suspicious spam-like message and select the three-dotted-icon located on the top right corner of the screen.

How to block and report spam text messages on Android

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2. Go ahead and click on the 'block number' option. You will also get an option to delete the conversation.

How to block and report spam text messages on Android

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Alternatively, select 'Block number' at the top right corner of the screen. 

How to block and report spam text messages on Android

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How to block and report text spam on iPhone: setting up additional measures

1. In the main menu, click on the 'Settings' icon as shown on the screenshot below.

How to block and report spam text messages on iPhone

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2. Scroll down and select 'Messages' in the settings menu. 

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3. Scroll down to the 'Message Filtering' section and toggle on the 'Filter Unknown Senders' option as indicated below. This will filter messages from people who are not in your contacts. 

How to block and report spam text messages on iPhone

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How to block specific spam text messages on iPhone

1. Open a suspicious spam-like message and select the avatar icon located on the top of the screen.

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2. Go ahead and select the 'info' icon located right underneath the displayed mobile number.

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3. Next, select the 'Block this caller' option, which should be located at the bottom of the menu and highlighted in red. 

How to block and report spam text messages on iPhone

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How to report spam messages via your mobile carrier

Most major carriers, such as Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, allow you to report any potential spam text messages by forwarding them to 7726. Check with your carrier if this is applicable to you. And if you're UK-based, you can do the same by forwarding a spam text message to the number mentioned above. 

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Denise Primbet

Denise is a news writer at Tom’s Guide covering all things tech, gaming software/hardware, streaming, and more. She regularly produces short-form news articles as well as long-form content, including reviews, buying guides, how-tos, and features. When she's not live-streaming horror games on Twitch, she can be found exploring East London while playing Pokemon Go. She’s also a part-time piano enthusiast and regularly experiments in the kitchen. You can reach her at denise.primbet@futurenet.com.