How To Block Text Message Spam

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Back in the day when I used to work for one of the big four wireless carriers in the U.S, I used to always get customers coming in complaining that they were getting spammed via text message. Sometimes they’d receive promotional text messages from only one number randomly, and other times they’d get several messages everyday from a multitude of numbers. Either way, it wasn’t something customers were too happy about.

In this article, I’ll teach you (like I taught them) how to block (or at least have your phone ignore) those annoying spam text messages. Here are three different methods to doing it:

1. Text “STOP” to the phone numbers that are spamming you.

No, this isn’t you asking them to stop nicely. The spam messages you get are being sent out by a computer program that has your number in its list (however it got there). Sending “STOP” (without the quotes) to the number will tell the computer program to remove you from the list. This is in effect the same thing as unsubscribing from junk e-mails.

2. Contact your wireless carrier.

If the method above didn’t work for you, the next step you could take is to contact your wireless carrier. Tell them about the spam messages you are getting and ask them if they can do anything to block them for you. Some carriers will have tools in place to do this, while others won’t. But it doesn’t hurt to ask.

3. If you’re on Android, download a third party text messaging app.

If you have an Android phone and the two methods above didn’t work for you, consider downloading a third party text messaging app like ChompSMS. Chomp, for example, allows you to block a certain number from texting you. All you have to do is press and hold on the conversation (after they’ve texted you) and hit “blacklist.”

If you’re on Sprint, you can text 999 with the word BLOCK followed by the phone number (with a space between block and the number). So for example, lets say that the number 58585 is spamming me. I’ll text 9999 the following message: block 58585. You should get a confirmation message letting you know that they’ve blocked the number.

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David Rahimi is the editor-in-chief at PhoneBuff.com. Ever since he got his first smartphone, he has been obsessed with mobile technology and all that it has to offer. Other interests include business, investing, and neuroscience.