Spam is no longer confined to your inbox. They can now appear on your phone as text messages. Spam can range from harmless and annoying to invasive and dangerous.

Smartphone carriers and developers offer built-in tools to fight spam. If you have an iPhone, you can block calls and filter numbers from unknown senders. You can even report spam as junk. Tap or click here to learn more.

Android fans also have recourse against spam. The Google Messages app includes spam blocking and the ability to report these messages. Keep reading to find out how to stop annoying spam emails.

Google’s built-in tools

You have several options for dealing with spam when it comes to Google Messages. You can block a number from texting you, or you can report and block it simultaneously.

To block messages from any number:

  • Open the posts application.
  • Touch and hold the conversation you want to block on the House filter.
  • Faucet Block > OKAY.

To report and block a conversation:

  • Open the posts application.
  • Touch and hold the conversation you want to report.
  • Faucet Block > Report spam > OK.

You can also block and report a conversation from the message:

  • Open the conversation in your posts app and press the three points for more options.
  • Faucet Details > Block and report spam > OK.

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Forward the message to 7726

The Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA) has created a spam reporting service for AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint customers, among other carriers. All you have to do is forward the message to 7726, which spells SPAM on your keyboard:

  • Open the conversation in your posts app and long press the phone number at the top of your screen and tap Copy.
  • Now long press on the spam itself and press Forward.
  • Type 7726 in the recipient field and send the message.
  • You will receive an automated message from 7726. Respond to it by to stick on the phone number you copied earlier.
  • Send the message and you will receive another response thanking you for reporting the number.

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