How to block Text Messages on Android?

Discover the easy steps to block and unblock text messages on Android using the default Messages app. Manage unwanted texts, view blocked numbers, and customize your messaging experience.

By Abhishek Chandel
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How to block Text Messages on Android

How to block Text Messages on Android

Dealing with annoying texts from unknown numbers or unwanted contacts can really get on your nerves. Wouldn't it be nice to just flip a switch and stop those bother notifications? Well with Android, you've got the power to block senders and regain control over who can reach you. This guide will walk you through the easy process for filtering out specific contacts from sending messages through the default Messages app.

We'll show you how to cleanly cut someone off from contacting you with just a few taps. Don't worry, we'll also cover how to view your full block list later on, in case you want to undo a block or see who you've barred from texting your phone. By the end, you'll know just how simple it is to customize your messaging experience on Android.

Steps to Block Text Messages on Android

1. First open the default Google Messages app and ensure it's updated.

2. Find the thread with the contact you want to cut off, press and hold on the conversation to see block options.

3.  In the upper right corner you'll see a block icon next to the delete icon, tap on it.

4. A pop-up will ask for confirmation - press "OK" to send them straight to voicemail.

Steps to see a list of all blocked numbers on Android?

Curious about who else is on your blacklist? Here's where you can check out the full rollback:

1. Re-enter Messages and tap your profile pic in the top corner.

2. In the profile section, tap on the "spam & blocked" option.

3. On this page you'll see the list of all the texts you have blocked.

Steps to Unblock Text Messages on Android?

Change your mind about blocking someone? No problem, it's easy to reverse:

1. Go back to the blocked contacts list.

2. Select the number you want to unblock and open their thread.

3. Now you'll see a popup message, "Unblock to receive messages from this sender", tap on the unblock button.


Blocking texts from unknown or undesired senders gives you peace of mind on Android. With the ability to see all blocked numbers and undo blocks, you maintain full control over who can reach you. By customizing your messaging experience through easy-to-use platform tools, your notifications stay on your terms so you never miss conversations that matter most.

FAQs - Block Text Messages on Android

Can I block text messages from unknown numbers?

You can't individually block unknown numbers like your contacts. However, Google Messages let you enable spam filtering to wade through junk from random senders.

Is there a way to report spam text messages?

Got a number that is really annoying you? Report it to your carrier - most have a way like forwarding the text to a short code or email. Just check their website or give them a call for the process.

What happens to messages from blocked numbers?

When you block a contact, their texts won't show up at all. Their messages disappear into the ether before reaching your phone.

Will blocking someone on text message also block their calls?

Blocking in your messages app only hides texts - it may not stop calls. To block both, take a look at blocking options in your phone's regular app or contacts book.

Can someone tell if I blocked their number?

Normally apps don't let senders know they're blocked. But if a text just vanishes into thin air or they stop getting replies, there's a good chance they'll guess what's up with their number.

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