How to Block Unwanted Text Messages

If you're getting unwanted text messages to your cellphone, you can file a complaint or configure your phone carrier account to block the spam.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Know what a spam text message is Know what a spam text message is. You can't delete it without opening it first. If you do open it, you'll be charged by your carrier.
  • TIP: Unwanted spam text messages are typically sent from a website or via a spammer's e-mail account.
  • Step 2: Contact your carrier's customer service Contact your carrier's customer service department. If you don't use text messaging, ask them to disable the service from your account. Be aware, though, that some carriers won't do this.
  • TIP: T-Mobile has a Message Blocking service that allows you to block all text messages, including instant messages and e-mail.
  • Step 3: Go to your carrier's website Go to your carrier's website and create an online account. Each carrier has a way to set your phone to block at least some text messages.
  • TIP: Verizon and AT&T allow customers to block messages from specific e-mail addresses or websites.
  • Step 4: Create a phone number alias Create a phone number alias via your carrier to block spammers that have your phone number. Give your alias only to those you choose.
  • Step 5: Complain to your carrier Complain to your carrier if you're charged for unwanted spam text messages that you've opened.
  • TIP: Smartphones may pick up viruses from text messages that include links to malware websites.
  • Step 6: Register for the Do Not Call list Register your phone number with the Federal Communication Commission's "Do Not Call" list. File a complaint form for unwanted spam text messages. And stop receiving unwanted text messages on your phone.
  • FACT: In 1992, the world's first text message, "Merry Christmas," was sent by British engineer Neil Papworth to his Vodafone coworkers.

You Will Need

  • Online carrier account
  • Phone number alias
  • Registration at FCC "Do Not Call" list
  • FCC complaint form

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