Spam: Textual Misconduct
We’ve all been victims of spam – through text or email – at one time or another. Spam messages are not only annoying; they can be intrusive and time-consuming too. Sometimes you get spam at the worst possible time, like when you’re eagerly awaiting a message from a loved one or when you’re sound asleep. Data suggests that spam text messaging has only been on the rise these past few years.
There’s also been a rise in malicious spam too. By malicious spam, we mean spam that may infect your smartphone or attempt to steal your personal details. Some Symbian users have reported receiving viruses through text message attachments too, though this problem is yet to assault Android or iOS users. However, there has been an increase in marketing text messages that a smartphone user would like to get rid of, for good.
Thankfully, you can choose to block SMS spam on your smartphone, whether you are an iOS user or an Android user, with just a few simple steps.
Block Spam Text Messages on iOS
Apple added a message blocking functionality fairly recently, with the release of iOS 7. As long as you can run iOS 7 and later on your iOS device, you can block spam.
Once you receive a spam text, open it from the “Messages” app. Never follow an outgoing link, as this may be an attempt to steal your personal details.
Once the text message is open, tap on Contact, then tap the little “i” that appears to the right of the number entry. A contact card will appear for the number you received the message from.
Scroll to the bottom of the contact card and tap the “Block this caller” option.
The number will now be added to Blocked contacts list and you will no longer receive messages (or calls) from it.
In case you mistakenly add someone to the Blocked contacts list, you can unblock contacts by navigating to the “Settings” app. Go to “Phone” settings, choose “Blocked” and tap on “Edit”. Tap the red circle next to a blocked contact and tap on the red button that will pop up. That’s it, the contact is now unblocked.
Block Spam Text Messages on Android
You may have to upgrade to Android Lollipop to block contacts if you’re using an Android device.
To block contacts on Android, navigate to your messenger app. Find the spam message and press down on it to get a menu to appear.
A menu will appear with three options, namely “Delete”, “View contact” and “Add to spam numbers”. Tap the “Add to spam numbers” option.
A dialog box will appear, telling you “This number will be added to your spam numbers”. Tap “Ok” and you’re done!
This method may or may not work, depending on your device and the Android version you’re running. To unblock a blocked contact, you will find a reject list in the “Call Settings” menu.
If you’re running an older version of Android, or if the method above doesn’t work for you, you can download a third party app to block SMSs. To find an app, go to the Google Play Store and search for “block SMS app”. In the list that appears, choose one that suits your needs.
You need to look for an app that blocks messages from a particular number, from unknown numbers and also messages that contain certain keywords. These apps are pretty much self-explanatory; we don’t think you’ll have a problem with them.
For Extreme Cases (Both iOS and Android Users)
Blocking spam from a particular number won’t get you out of spam altogether. If you receive a lot of spam, you may want to contact your carrier directly to prevent spam from reaching your phone. You spam blocking options will depend on your carrier. Major carriers like AT&T and Verizon have several advanced tools and filters that will help you block spam with a few simple steps.
You will probably need an account to take advantage of these filters. If you don’t find what you are looking for, you can contact customer care and have them block the number for you.
We hope our article helps you get rid of pesky spam SMSs that try your patience. At the moment, Android and iOS systems are not susceptible to viruses, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be infected with malware. We recommend you block suspicious messages using this guide and stay safe from malware and marketing text message spam.