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How to block text messages on Android

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In the Google Messages app, go to a conversation and select “Details” from the menu. You can block the number and report it as spam.

For the Samsung Messages app, go to a conversation and select Information > Menu > Block contact.

Look, we all get annoying text messages (SMS) from time to time. Maybe it’s spam, maybe it’s from someone you don’t want to talk to. Whatever the case, you can block text messages on your Android phone.

Of course, as with everything related to Android, there are several ways to do things. In the case of blocking text messages, it depends on the texting app you use. We’ll cover the two most common apps here: Google’s Messages app and Samsung’s Messages app.

How to block texts on Android

Blocking texts with the Google Messages app can be done from within the conversation by going to the “Details” screen. First, open the app and select a conversation of the number you want to block.

Select a conversation.

Next, tap on the three-dot menu icon at the top right corner and select “Details”.

Now select “Block and report spam”.

press "Block and report spam".

A popup will appear with an option to report the spam number along with the block. To block only the number, uncheck the box and tap “OK”.

Block the number and report it as spam if you want.

That’s all about it! You will no longer receive text messages or phone calls from the number.

How to Block Text Messages on Samsung Galaxy Phones

To block text messages on a Samsung Galaxy phone, go to the “About” screen for a conversation in the “Messaging” app. First, select a conversation.

Select a conversation.

Next, tap the dropdown arrow next to the contact’s name and select the information icon.

Now select the three-dot menu icon at the bottom right and select “Block Contact”.

select "Block contact".

Confirm your decision by selecting “Block” from the popup menu.

touch "Block".

Made! You will no longer receive text messages or phone calls from the contact.

How to unblock text messages on Android

Unblocking a number is usually the same process as blocking, and some messaging apps have a section dedicated to blocked numbers.

In the Google Messages app, open the hamburger menu and go to Spam & Blocked > three-dot menu > Blocked numbers. Tap the “X” next to a number to unblock it.

Tap the X to unblock a number.

In the Samsung Message app, go to Settings > Block numbers and spam > Block numbers and tap the minus icon next to the number you want to unblock.

Simple as that! You will now be able to receive text messages (and calls) from the number.

How to block calls on Android

Blocking calls on Android is largely the same as blocking text messages, but it happens through the phone app instead of the messaging app. When you block someone’s text messages, you also prevent them from calling you.

With the Phone by Google app, you can go to the “Call history” section and select a contact. Press the “Block/Report Spam” option.

Select a call and then touch "Block/Report spam".

In Samsung’s default phone app, go to Settings > Block numbers and enter a number or choose from recent calls.

Block unknown calls with the toggle.

For more detailed instructions, check out our complete guide on how to block a number on Android. You can also block unknown calls.

RELATED: How to block a number on Android


Spam text messages can be just as frustrating as spam emails. Fortunately, you can also easily block and report iPhone numbers. There are some nifty features of the Google Messages app that you might also want to know about, like scheduling text messages. It’s a good app, so don’t be afraid to block the nuisances.

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