How to Block Text Messages on Android Verizon

Unwanted text messages can be annoying and distracting. If you have an Android phone on the Verizon network, you have a few different options for blocking text messages so you no longer receive them.

In this in-depth guide, I’ll explain the pros and cons of each method for stopping text message spam on Android Verizon devices.

After years of experience with mobile devices, I’ve discovered the most effective ways to stop getting unwanted texts.

With the right combination of these text-blocking options, you can stop unwanted messages in their tracks.

Let’s get started!

Use Android’s Built-In Blocking

Android has native options to block phone numbers and filter spam texts.

Here’s how to use them:

Block Individual Numbers

The most basic way to stop texts from a single number is to block it directly on your Android device.

Here’s how:

  1. Open the Phone app on your Android device.
  2. Tap the Recents tab to view recent incoming and outgoing calls and texts.
  3. Tap the phone number you want to block.
  4. Tap the info icon (i inside a circle) next to the number.
  5. Tap the Block number.
  6. Confirm by tapping BLOCK.

This will prevent any calls or texts from getting through from that specific number.

You can repeat these steps to block additional numbers as needed.

Pros:

  • Simple and takes less than a minute to block a number
  • Free and built directly into Android

Cons:

  • This needs to be done for each number you want to block
  • Doesn’t prevent texts from new or unknown numbers

Enable Caller ID and Spam Protection

For broader protection beyond individual numbers, enable Caller ID and Spam Protection in your Phone app settings:

  1. Open the Phone app.
  2. Tap the three-dot menu in the upper right corner.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Tap Caller ID and spam.
  5. Toggle on Enable spam protection.

This will automatically check incoming calls and texts against Google’s spam database.

Any numbers flagged as spam will be sent directly to voicemail or blocked for texts.

Pros:

  • Broad protection against known spam numbers
  • Works automatically in the background

Cons:

  • Doesn’t catch brand-new or unknown spam numbers
  • Requires a Google account

Block Spam Text Messages

If you’re receiving spam text messages, you can report them to Google.

This helps improve spam detection for everyone.

To report spam texts:

  1. In the message thread with the spam text, touch and hold the spam message.
  2. Tap Report Spam.
  3. Confirm by tapping YES.

Google will analyze reported messages to improve its spam filters.

Pros:

  • Helps enhance spam protection over time
  • Easy automated reporting right from the text message

Cons:

  • Doesn’t offer immediate blocking of that number
  • Requires manual reporting for each unwanted text

Blocking Through My Verizon App

The My Verizon app provides additional tools to block calls and texts right from your Verizon account.

Enable Text Message Blocking

You can completely disable text messages in the My Verizon app:

  1. Open the My Verizon app and log in to your account.
  2. Tap Account at the bottom.
  3. Select Manage products and apps.
  4. Tap the line you want to manage.
  5. Scroll down and tap Text message blocking.
  6. Flip the switch to enable blocking.

With this enabled, all texts to your number will be blocked.

You can toggle it back off at any time to re-enable texts.

Pros:

  • Quickly disable all text messages
  • Can be toggled on and off as needed

Cons:

  • Blocks all texts, not just spam
  • Needs to be disabled to receive any texts

Block Individual Numbers

You can also block individual numbers right in the My Verizon app:

  1. In the app, tap the More tab at the bottom.
  2. Select Block calls + texts.
  3. Tap the Block number.
  4. Enter the phone number you want to block.
  5. Tap Block to confirm.

Repeat these steps to block additional spam numbers.

You can tap Manage Blocked Numbers to see your blocked list.

Pros:

  • Easy blocking from within the My Verizon app
  • Can unblock numbers if needed

Cons:

  • Doesn’t preemptively block new or unknown numbers
  • Blocked numbers list maxes out at 1000 entries

Apply Call and Text Blocking Services

Verizon offers call and text-blocking services that provide enhanced protection:

Verizon Spam Alert

Verizon’s Spam Alert identifies potential spam calls and texts and sends a notification before they get through.

To enable:

  1. In the My Verizon app, go to Manage products and apps.
  2. Tap the line you want to manage.
  3. Select Call Features.
  4. Turn on Verizon Spam Alert.

You’ll get alerts on likely spam calls/texts but can still answer if needed. It’s $2.99 per month per line.

Pros:

  • Warns about potential spam before answering
  • Still allows incoming calls/texts if needed

Cons:

  • The extra monthly charge per line
  • Doesn’t automatically block spam

Verizon Call Filter Plus

For automatic blocking, Verizon Call Filter Plus is $2.99 per month per line. It includes:

  • Automated fraud call blocking
  • Spam text message blocking
  • Personal block list
  • Reverse number lookup

To enable, follow the same steps as above but turn on Verizon Call Filter Plus instead of just Spam Alert.

Pros:

  • Automatic blocking of identified spam calls/texts
  • Customizable with a personal block list

Cons:

  • Monthly subscription fee per line
  • May occasionally block legit calls/texts

Use Third-Party Apps

If the built-in tools don’t provide the level of blocking you need, third-party apps are available with advanced filtering:

Mr. Number

Mr. Number lets you see the name and location of callers before you answer.

You can block specific numbers or enable auto-blocking of suspected spam.

Some key features:

  • Automatic spam blocking
  • Ability to report spam numbers
  • Custom block lists and allow lists
  • Blocking by area code or region

Pros:

  • Powerful auto-blocking based on crowdsourced lists
  • Flexible customization of block and allow lists
  • The free limited version is available

Cons:

  • Must pay for full call-blocking features
  • Occasional false positives blocking legit calls

Truecaller

Truecaller identifies incoming calls, texts, and SPAM.

You can also opt to have it automatically block unwanted communications.

Key features:

  • Crowdsourced spam and telemarketer flags
  • Option for automatic blocking of spam
  • Filters for text messages
  • Global spam database from over 1 billion users

Pros:

  • A very large global crowdsourced database
  • Automatic blocking options
  • The free version has basic features

Cons:

  • Limitations on the number of blockings for the free version
  • Some user complaints about filtering accuracy

Considerations When Using Third-Party Apps:

  • Review app permissions before downloading
  • Paid versions often required for full functionality
  • Check whether ads are displayed in free versions
  • Disable any unnecessary location access

Contact Verizon Support

If the above options still don’t block unwanted texts as needed, you can contact Verizon support for additional help:

Call 800-922-0204 or dial *611 from your Verizon mobile phone.

Explain you are receiving spam text messages and ask what further recommendations they have.

Verizon may be able to suggest additional steps or escalate your issue for further spam investigation.

Be ready to provide any details you have, including message content, sender numbers, and times received.

Pros:

  • Direct support from your mobile provider
  • May be able to take further action on spam texts

Cons:

  • Call wait times to speak with the rep
  • Unlikely to offer solutions beyond the suggestions covered here

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some common questions when blocking texts on Android devices using Verizon:

Will blocking a number delete past texts?

No, blocking a number only prevents future texts – previous messages are not deleted automatically. You’ll need to manually delete past texts if you want to remove them.

Does blocking texts cost anything?

The basic blocking tools built into Android and the My Verizon app are free. However, advanced services like Verizon Spam Alert and Call Filter Plus have monthly subscription fees per line.

What happens when you block someone?

On your end, you simply won’t receive any calls or texts from any number you block. However, the blocked person will get a message saying your number is out of service or unavailable.

Can you tell if someone blocked your number?

There is no definite way to confirm if someone specifically blocked your number. But if your texts to them fail repeatedly, that likely indicates you have been blocked.

Will blocking on my Android device also block that number on other devices?

No, blocking on your Android device only affects that device. To block across multiple devices, use the blocking tools in the My Verizon app or a third-party app linked to your number.

Does blocking stop all communication or just texts?

Blocking directly on your Android device will stop calls and texts. But other blocking methods like My Verizon allow you to disable just texts or calls separately.

Can I still text or call someone who blocked me?

No, blocking is reciprocal, so you will be unable to reach someone via calls or texts if they have blocked your number, even from a different phone. Your messages will not go through to a blocked contact.

Conclusion

Dealing with unwanted texts on your Verizon Android phone can be irritating.

But with the right combination of Android settings, Verizon tools, and third-party apps, you can control which messages get through.

The most effective approach is to use multiple layers of protection, like automatic spam-blocking apps along with custom block lists.

Some key takeaways:

  • Use Android settings to block specific numbers easily
  • Enable Verizon Spam Alert for warnings about potential spam
  • Consider powerful third-party apps like Mr. Number or Truecaller for advanced filtering
  • Contact Verizon support if unwanted texts persist for further help

With diligent use of these spam-blocking techniques, you can eliminate disruptive unwanted text messages on your Android phone.

Take control of your messaging experience again.

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