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How to block text messages on any Samsung phone
Advertisers and scammers alike can be persistent in finding your phone number to send you spam. When you receive a text message or phone call that sounds fishy, it’s best to block the number so they can’t contact you again. Here’s how to block someone’s text messages using any Samsung phone.
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THE SHORT ANSWER
When you receive a text message from an unknown number on a Samsung phone, you can tap the Block number notification at the top of the screen in the Messages app.
How to block someone in the Samsung Messages app
If you want to block someone, you will first need to remove them as a contact. When you add a number to your contacts, it is considered a trusted sender. Find the number you wish to block in your contacts list and tap the More option in the bottom right of their profile. Then, select Block contact.
If you select Delete, they can still send you text messages, although their name won’t appear on the message. Blocking the contact will prevent them from sending you messages from that number. See the next section if you want to block someone using an unknown number.
How to block a new number on the Samsung Messages app
When you receive a text from an unknown number in the Samsung Messages app, you’ll see a notification at the top that reads, “this message is from an unsaved number. Beware of smishing and phishing.” Smishing is a term used for scammers who try to gain personal information, such as banking or credit card details, through text messages or SMS.
If the message sounds suspicious or too good to be true, such as the example of the government wanting to send me $500, tap on the Block number button below the notification. You’ll then be asked to confirm your decision and given the option to delete the conversation. Select Block to confirm.
How to see blocked messages on a Samsung phone
To see text messages you have blocked or marked as spam, open the Messages app and tap the three-dot icon in the search bar. Then, select Spam and Blocked.
You’ll then see a list of all previously blocked text messages.
How to block spam messages on a Samsung phone
When you receive a spam message from a new number, you’ll see a notification at the top with the option to Report spam or Add contact. Select the former if you do not recognize the number.
Then, in the Report spam pop-up window, check the box to Block the number. That way, they won’t be able to send you a text message again. Tap Report Spam to confirm.
After that, you’ll have the option to Unblock them (in case it actually was someone you know).
When you receive a text message from an unknown number, you will see a notification at the top of the screen with the option to Report spam. Tap that and check the box to Block the number.