How to block text messages on iOS and Android

Whether it’s a constant stream of spam messages or that persistent ex who won’t take “no” for an answer, blocking messages is something you need to learn how to do. Whether you use iOS or Android, the process is probably quicker and more painless than you realize. No matter what kind of phone you have, if you’re wondering how to block text messages — and even unwanted phone calls — it’s easy, and we’ll show you how.

Difficulty

Easy

Duration

10 minutes

What You Need

  • Smartphone

Block texts from the Messages app in iOS

Blocking texts in iOS is easy. On your iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, or older iPhone, the easiest way to block a message is from the Messages app.

Step 1: Tap the message from the contact you want to block.

Step 2: Tap their name or profile photo at the top of the message.

Step 3: Tap info.

Step 4: Tap Block this caller.

How to block texts from known contacts in iOS

Another way to block texts from known contacts is to add them to your Blocked list. Using either this method or the method outlined above, you’ll block not only messages, but also phone calls and FaceTime calls. This saves you from having to go to the Phone and FaceTime apps to block the same person.

Step 1: Open the Settings app scroll down, and tap Messages.

Step 2: Tap Blocked contacts.

Step 3: Tap Add New.... Select the contact you want to block. Contacts can only be added one at a time. To remove a contact, tap Edit in the upper-right corner, and tap the minus sign next to the name of the person you want to remove.

Block texts from numbers that appear as unknown or private

Unfortunately, you can’t outright block unknown and private numbers in the same way you can block known contacts. You can, however, filter and separate them from the people you know. This will create a new tab in your Messages app called Unknown Senders, and you won’t get notifications for these. It may not be ideal, but it’s a decent compromise.

Step 1: Go to your Settings app, scroll down, and tap Messages.

Step 2: Toggle Filter Unknown Senders.

Report spam iMessages

Another thing you can do is report spam and junk iMessages. When you get an iMessage from someone you don’t know, there will be a Report Junk link. Tap the link to forward the sender’s information and message to Apple. The company should deal with the contact and eventually render the person or bot unable to message you again.

You can also email Apple at imessage.spam@apple.com. Keep in mind that you’ll need a screenshot of the message, as well as the email address or phone number that sent the iMessage, plus the date and time you received it.

Apple doesn’t deal with SMS and MMS messages, but you can always report them to your carrier. AT&T, for example, suggests sending the spam message to 7726 (SPAM). Afterward, the carrier will look into the message.

Blocking texts on a Google Pixel from the Messages App

There are two ways to go about blocking messages on a Google phone, such as the Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro. Both happen in the Messages app. The first is to open the Messages app, then open or start a conversation with one of your contacts. Tap More — represented by three vertical dots — select Details, and tap Block & Report Spam.

Step 1: Open Messages.

Step 2: Tap and hold on a message from someone you want to block.

Step 3: In the context menu that appears, tap the three dots on the right.

Step 4: Tap Block.

Step 5: Alternatively, if you tap on the message to open it, you can tap the three dots in the upper right corner.

Step 6: Tap Details.

Step 7: Tap Block & Report Spam.

How to block texts on a Samsung phone from a conversation

Similar to a Google phone, Samsung phones such as the Galaxy S20 FE, Galaxy S21, or Galaxy S21 Ultra have two ways to block messages. The first happens from within a conversation in the Messages app.

Step 1: Open the Messages app and tap a conversation you'd like to block.

Step 2: Tap that the contact is not a saved contact, then tap Block Number at the top of the message. Note: If the person you want to block is a known contact, the process is different. Skip to Step 4.

Step 3: In the dialogue box that opens, you can tap Delete conversation to remove the conversation from your list. After that, tap Block.

Step 4: If the conversation you want to block comes from a known contact, open that conversation, and tap the three dots in the upper-right corner. Then tap Block contact.

Step 5: Once again, in the dialogue box that opens, you can tap Delete conversation to remove the conversation from your list. After that, tap Block.

How to block texts on a Samsung phone in the Messages app settings

You can also block messages, contacts, or phone numbers directly from Settings in the Messages app.

Step 1: In the app, tap the three dots in the upper-right corner.

Step 2: Tap Settings.

Step 3: Tap Block numbers and spam.

Step 4: Tap Block numbers.

Step 5: In this dialogue box, you can manually enter phone numbers to block, or get the numbers either from your Contacts or from Conversations.

How to block texts on (most) other Android phones

Android is a wonderful operating system that comes in all shapes, sizes, and flavors. Because of this, there are various ways to block texts and contacts in each version of Android. For the most part, you'll want to go into your Messages app. From there, you'll generally find a three-dot menu, and in there, you'll find Settings. You can also tap on a message and look for an option to block in there. As with all things Android, your results may vary, but that's a good idea of where to look.

How to block texts using your carrier

Many mobile carriers provide services and additional settings to help their customers block messages from specific numbers, like those from telemarketers. T-Mobile has Message Blocking, Verizon has Block Calls & Messages, and AT&T has Secure Family.

Block texts with apps

There are dozens of apps in Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store that provide you with more ways of blocking numbers and messages. We recommend checking these ones out if you decide to go with that option, but be aware of the potential privacy issues inherent in sharing your contacts.

Should I Answer? (free)

Should I Answer? is one of the best choices if you’re looking for a call-blocking app. It includes an active forum that reviews and rates various phone numbers, as well as other information that makes it easy to tell if a phone number is legitimate, a bot, a telemarketer, or a scam. It’s easy to block numbers online or off, and there’s an option to block any or all numbers outside of your contacts list. Yes, this text-blocking software accesses your contacts. However, the developer promises your contacts remain private without shares or uploads, and contacts are only accessed to check against incoming phone calls. Sadly, this app isn’t compatible with iPhones.

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Hiya Caller ID and Block (free)

This call-blocking app works off a massive database with millions of phone numbers to identify and flag telemarketers, robocalls, fraudsters, and debt collectors. This app lets you make a list to block numbers or reverse-search numbers from your phone calls log. Hiya’s downside is that it accesses your contacts and puts them into a database in an encrypted format. The company guarantees it will never sell your contacts and can only access them to form white lists and match information. Still, take a look at the privacy policy to be on the safe side. Hiya was developed by the same folks behind Mr. Number, another widely used app.

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Truecaller (free)

Truecaller, the next in line from the well-regarded Truemessenger app, works in much the same way as its predecessor by alerting you to a spam call or message. As soon as the app detects spam, it will block the senders so they can’t call and text you anymore. The app’s mighty Caller ID system identifies any unknown numbers that harass you. Over 250 million people use this app,. Even though your phone book will be accessed so Truecaller can block spam, the company reassured us that user privacy will not be compromised.

“In accordance with Google Play Store and Apple App Store policies, Truecaller does not upload user contacts or make them shareable/searchable to others,” Hitesh Raj Bhagat, director of corporate communications, told us. While the app accesses your phone book for its Caller ID tool, it won’t take or use any of the information you have stored there.

You don’t have to take our word for it: check out the privacy policy (or the easy-to-skim abridged version) for yourself to make sure you feel comfortable using this app.

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