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How to minimise spam texts

20.07.2021
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Are you receiving a lot of spam text messages lately? 
An increase in cyber criminals all over the world means that you might receive more spam text messages than usual. These can be irritating, disruptive and (if not careful) can cost you a lot of money. Although there is no way in completely stopping spam messages, there are ways you can minimise the number that get through to your phone.

Do not respond

This one might be an obvious one, but make sure you never reply to a spam text, and never ever click on a link within a spam text. If you’re not sure whether a text is spam or legitimate, hold off on replying until you’ve done a bit of research.

USE THE SPAM FILTER

Androids and iPhones have spam-filtering features that you can enable.

For Android users:

  • Open the Messages app
  • Click on the three dots in the upper-right corner
  • Select “Settings”, then “Spam protection”
  • Make sure “Enable spam protection” is on

For iPhone users:

An iPhone blocks phone numbers that you don’t have saved in your contacts list and haven’t been in contact with before, which could be an issue (say, if you’re expecting a call from a car service).

  • Open the Settings app
  • Scroll down to and select “Messages” > “Unknown & Spam”
  • Toggle on “Filter Unknown Senders”

BLOCK INDIVIDUAL NUMBERS

When you get a spam text, you can block that individual number from contacting you again.

For Android users:

When you go to read a message that Android finds dubious, the OS will often give you the opportunity to report it as spam. But if you get a spam text that wasn’t initially marked as spam:

  • Tap the three dots in the upper-right corner
  • Select “Details” > “Block & report spam”
  • You can just block that number if you want, or you can check “Report spam” to send the number to Google and possibly your carrier as well

This process can differ depending on which Android phone you’re using.

For iPhone users

  • Open the spam text and select the user icon on top of the page
  • Tap on the “info” icon and then on the “info” button
  • Select “Block this Caller”


If you want to report an iMessage that you received as spam, look for the “Report Junk” link under the message, tap it, tap “Delete,” and then “Report Junk.” This doesn’t automatically block that phone number; you’ll have to do that separately.

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