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How to block text messages on Android

Between corporate spam and unwelcome who-know-and-where messages, having a conversation kill switch in your digital toolkit might be a good idea. Malicious texts often pose threats to digital safety and security. As a result, many have started looking for ways to deal with excessive spam.


The good news is that a lot of the best Android phones have built-in spam prevention capabilities. Moreover, it is very easy to block unwanted calls and messages using default Android apps. Some additional texting tools are also worth considering if you want to fend off those unpleasant intrusions.

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Identify problematic text messages

Sometimes it can be difficult to determine what is spam and what is not. It aims to block anonymous numbers that send texts emblazoned with corporate advertisements or political controversy. The most important messages to avoid are those that individually urge you to click on a link. This could expose your phone to malware or other online threats.

How to block a phone number using Google Messages

Google Messages, simply titled Messages On your phone, it’s the default texting tool that comes pre-installed on most Android devices. This app creates an intuitive experience that offers neat features like birthday reminders and Google Assistant integration. However, it is not immune to unwanted contact. Follow these steps if you need to block a phone number in Messages.

  1. open the Messages Application.
  2. Click on conversation of interest.

  3. Click on three points in the top right.
  4. Faucet details.

  5. Choose Block and report spam.
  6. Choose if you want to report the number as Spam emailsthen press yes.

You will not receive any other texts or calls from this phone number. You can view/unblock blocked conversations by going to Spam and Banned The folder, which you can find by pressing three points in the top right.

How to block a phone number using the phone

You can block a phone number through the Phone app instead if you prefer. The phone comes pre-installed on all Android phones and serves as the primary communication tool. There are two basic ways to block numbers using the phone app, and we’ll cover both briefly.

Block numbers using the last page

  1. open the phone Application.
  2. Choose accident near the bottom left.
  3. Press and hold the relevant Contact name (or display name/phone number).

  4. Faucet Block and report spam.
  5. Choose if you want to report the number as Spam emailsthen press roadblock.

Block numbers using the contacts page

  1. open the phone Application.
  2. Choose Contacts near the bottom right.
  3. Click on the relevant file Contact name.
  4. Click on three points in the top right.

  5. Faucet block numbers.
  6. Choose if you want to report the number as Spam emailsthen press roadblock.

Either method will result in a blocked number successfully. Also, if you have a text conversation in Messages, it will be moved to Spam and Banned Folder. You can unblock numbers in the phone by going to Settings > Blocked numbers.

Other texting apps to consider

We have some tips for you if you are thinking of using other texting apps. Remember that third-party options sometimes incur greater costs and security risks. These suggestions are for Android devices, so you’ll want to read on elsewhere if you have questions about blocked texts in iMessage.

Samsung Messages

Most Android devices sold by Samsung come with Samsung Messages pre-installed in addition to Google Messages. The two apps can be compared in many ways (including spam detection), but it’s clear that some users prefer Samsung’s texting tool. Although Google Messages gets our gold medal for its integration across apps and platforms, we wouldn’t mistake anyone for looking at Samsung Messages and its nifty features.

Signal

Another option that may interest you is Signal. This is the lesser known app that promotes end-to-end encryption. It’s great for security and control over who can contact you, but both ends of the conversation need Signal to use their security features. This might work better as a group chat tool rather than replacing text messages entirely.

Feel free to set digital limits

Setting limits on digital communication is essential in an age when nefarious cyber activity is all too common. Google is working with carriers to implement improved messaging standards, but it may be time to pull the plug on RCS Chat.

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