How to Block Incoming SMS Temporarily


Text messages or SMS messages are a quick and easy way to stay in touch with people. Sometimes, the messages can get annoying especially if they are advertising messages. It is possible in most cases to block SMS messages temporarily.

  • Consider blocking incoming SMS messages from one sender. This is usually the best thing to do if the annoying messages are all coming from the same sender.

  • Reply STOP to unwanted marketing messages. This will usually remove you from their text list.

  • Check the owner's manual for your phone. Some phones have a way to block SMS messaging.

  • Search online for special codes that you can use for your phone or your service provider to stop incoming SMS messages. You dial these codes on your phone like you would a regular phone number. You will usually get a confirmation text if the code worked.

  • Contact customer service for your service provider. Some carriers will temporarily block your SMS messaging abilities. Some service providers may charge a fee for this service.

  • Think about taking text messaging off of your service plan if you hardly ever use it. This will probably save you some money.

Tips & Warnings

  • There are some programs available to block unwanted SMS messages. These down-loadable programs require an Internet capable phone to use them. Some service providers may block you from downloading these programs.
  • Never give your cell phone number to businesses online. These companies will sometimes send you marketing texts or sell your information to other companies.
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