Practical guide: how to get rid of unwanted SMS?

With the evolution of instant messaging applications, such as Whatsapp and Telegram, the text messages (SMS) seemed destined for oblivion.

Interestingly, despite the prevalence of platforms like WhatsApp and Telegram, SMS still finds its place, especially in formal communications from companies and telephone operators.

These entities use good old SMS to send promotions or confirm registration procedures, which contributes to the accumulation of unsolicited messages, or spamon users’ devices.

This practice has even led Brazil to appear in several rankings for receiving spam, whether via SMS or phone call. However, it has already been considered abusive and subject to conviction for moral damages in some cases.

In this context, the process of filtering and blocking these messages becomes a valuable tool. Before making the decision to block a number, it is essential assess its relevance.

After all, blocking a contact implies the loss of potential future communications, which could be important.

It is recommended to save crucial message information before proceeding with blocking, considering that this action may result in the deletion of important documents from the message history.

Blocking on iOS devices

Users of iPhone You can follow these steps to block SMS:

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  1. Open the ‘Messages’ app and select the conversation with the unwanted number.
  2. Click on the Contact icon, then ‘Info’
  3. Choose ‘Block this Caller’.

This action prevents any type of contact from the blocked number, including calls and messages.

Blocking on Android devices

For users of Androidthe steps are slightly different:

  1. Open the messaging app.
  2. Select the number to block.
  3. Access the drop-down menu.
  4. Choose ‘Block and report spam’.
  5. Confirm the block.

In addition to the steps above, it is important to be aware of suspicious messages, such as those containing unrealistic offers or requesting immediate action.

Blocking spam numbers also helps improve carrier filters and applications of messages.

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