Stop SMS Spam on Android and iOS

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Stop SMS Spam on Android and iOS

Both, Android and iOS users face the irritating flash messages and pop-ups that want to sell you one of the last 100 precious Oakley sunglasses or something like that. People go for iMessage or an iPad for the ease of use as well as for the brand name and you don’t expect such typical obstacles on a reputed operating system. Therefore there are ways to avoid these frequently occurring spams.

Blocking Spam

You can take simple steps to avoid having to see these spam messages by blocking their means of getting to you. You can first mark the unwanted SMSs as spam and from the privacy settings of your device you can then block the numbers they repeatedly come from.

How to block spam messages on iOS

iOS 7 allows you to block spammers easily via the privacy settings. Updating to iOS 7 becomes necessary because the earlier versions were not so easy to use and it is easy to update as well so why not? Here are the steps to block spammers on iOS 7:

  • Open the message you want to block.
  • Tap the contact space.
  • Tap the ‘i’ button.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the contact card screen.
  • Tap “Block this caller” and confirm.
  • Repeat for all the numbers you want to ignore.

To unblock

The blocking option lets you block any number, be it a spammer or someone on your contact list you want to avoid. Hence, you might want to unblock the contact as well. Follow these steps to unblock:

  • Go to ‘Settings’
  • Go to ‘Messages’
  • Scroll to the bottom.
  • Tap the ‘Blocked’ option and the list is displayed.
  • Swipe the number you want to unblock from right to left.
  • Tap the red button to unblock.

Blocking spammers on Android

The blocking procedure on Android is not as simple as on iOS but it is not elaborate either. There are plenty of apps on Google Play to block SMSs.

  • You can create a ‘blacklist’ with apps like Mr. Number and SMS Filter to block numbers you don’t want to communicate at all with.
  • You can go for Postman or Spam Blocker to flag spam messages.

Blocking spam on Android KitKat

The recent restrictions on apps make it impossible to use any of these apps on Android KitKat version so hopefully yours is an older version. For the KitKat version there are quite a few third-party applications on Google Play for example:

  • EvolveSMS: That has its own ‘blacklist’ feature.
  • SMSBlocker: That automatically spots and blocks spams.

Hangouts

 

You can sync your contact with Hangouts from the Play Store and operate your SMS through Hangouts itself. It has its own blocking option. Here are the steps to block numbers on Hangouts:

  • Go to ‘Settings’.
  • Go to ‘Wireless and Networks’.
  • Tap ‘More’.
  • Go to ‘Default SMS app’.
  • Launch Hangouts to let the automatic syncing happen.
  • Look for any message from a number you want to block.
  • Tap the three vertical dots button at the top.
  • Go to ‘People and options’.
  • Tap on ‘Block’.

 

You are done. You can unblock from the Settings as well.

 

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