How to Block Incoming Messages Without Application
It’s easy to block someone on most social media apps. But what ifsomeone’s bothering you with text messages or calls?
The good news is, you can block numbers from calling and sending youtexts without a third-party app. Smartphones and other text supporting mobiledevices today allow you to block specific phone numbers by using a built-infeature. It’s available and easily accessible on most models.
Here’s how to enable this option on different devices.
How to Block Texts on Android Devices
The steps might vary depending on the operating system your phone is running, or the model you’re using. However, the process should be more or less similar on all Android devices. Follow the instructions below to block messages from specific numbers:
- Launch the default messagingapp on your smartphone.
- In the upper right corner ofthe screen, you’ll see a three-dot icon. Tap it to see more options.
- Choose Spam and blocked.
- You’ll see all the blockednumbers and chats on the next screen. To add more, tap the three-dot iconagain.
- Select Blocked contacts.
- Tap on Add a number.
- Enter the number you don’t wantto receive messages from and tap Block to confirm.
Note that you’ll also block this person from calling you by default.
Some Android versions and phone models might have the option toblock a person directly from your chat with them. Look for a menu within the conversationbefore you opt for another way of blocking that person’s messages.
How to Block Texts on iOS Devices
Apple also made sure iOS users can stop people from disturbing them by enabling the message block option. Here’s how to block text messages from specific phone numbers. Note that the steps may differ depending on your iOS model. Apple’s official website offers instructions for 12 and 13 OS versions.
- From your home screen, go toSettings.
- Scroll to find Messages and tapon the tab to open it.
- Find the Filter Unknown Sendersoption and turn it on. This will prevent strangers from sending you texts. Whenyou block these messages, they’ll be moved to the Unknown Senders tab, and youwon’t receive notifications about them.
However, if you want to block a specific phone number, you can do it from your messaging app.
- Launch the Messages app andfind the desired conversation.
- Select the i icon at the top ofthe screen. It’s in the right corner.
- Select the phone number or thename of the contact to see more details.
- Scroll to the Block this Calleroption and tap to activate it.
You can always check who you’ve blocked by following these steps:
- Launch the Settings app fromyour home screen.
- Open Messages.
- Choose Blocked Contacts andcheck the list.
How to Block a Number from Calling You
If you also want to block certain people or groups of people from calling you, here’s how to do it on different phones.
For Android Users
Android users can automatically block a number from calling them when they block their text messages. However, there’s another way to block calls coming from a specific person.
- From the home screen, tap thehandset icon to see your calls.
- Tap the three-dot icon at thetop.
- Select Blocked.
- Select Call block rules.
- You can choose to blockdifferent types of calls: all incoming, strangers, or private/withheld numbers.
You can’t block a specific number this way, so you need to go through the messaging app. However, you can go back to your list of calls, tap a contact and hold until a pop-up menu appears. Then select Block contact from this menu, and this contact will be added to your blocked people list.
For iOS Users
You can block a number from calling you in a few easy steps. Here’s what to do:
- Open the Phone app to see allyour calls listed.
- Under Recents, find the numberyou want to block.
- Tap the i icon next to thisnumber or the desired contact.
- Scroll down to find the Blockthis Caller option and tap to enable it.
Be aware that a blocked person can leave you a voicemail. And you won’t receive any notifications about it. The person who’s trying to call you won’t know that you’ve blocked them because they don’t receive notifications about a message not being delivered.
Take Care of Your Privacy
Blocking people from sending you text messages is a convenientoption enabled by Android and iOS operating systems. Not only does this saveyou from stalkers, but it also keeps your phone spam-free. You won’t have todeal with unwanted ads or any other type of spam messages anymore.
Have you already tried blocking a specific number from sending youtexts? Let us know how it worked in the comments section below.