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Guide to Blocking Text Messages on iPhone

written by: Bobby Mathew•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 2/4/2011

iPhone owners can block certain people or allow people to contact them. There is even a way to block all users from contacting you. If there is someone you are trying to avoid then keep reading.

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    Have you ever asked yourself how do I block text messages from certain people on my iPhone? Stop wondering, because today we'll discuss how you can block certain people from texting you, or just block everyone altogether (if that's more convenient). We will give you a step-by-step guide as to how you can do this using a method that isn't highly publicized.

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    Many iPhone users have chosen to not have text messages as part of their phone plan. However, there are times when incoming messages can cause iPhone users to incur text messaging charges. This is one reason that people may want to avoid incoming text messages.

    Another reason is for privacy; both reasons are quite understandable and easy to accommodate. After all, you shouldn't have to be texted by people you don't want to have anything to do with, especially if it's going to cost you money. Keep in mind that people who have your iPhone number can figure out your iPhone email address and can send you email that will present itself as a text message on your iPhone. How do you avoid all this?

    1. Go to this website: att1 This step requires you to login with a mobile number and a password. Of course, this is a separate account from your standard AT&T account, so you may need to register at first if you've never done so. If necessary, register. If you already have an account, login and go to step 3.
    2. The website will send you a free text message for confirmation purposes if you are a new user, after which you should be on your way to opening your new account.
    3. Under preferences, go to Blocking Options. Here you will find several options. One option will allow you to block all users from text messaging you. Another option will allow you to keep emails from being sent to you in the form of multimedia, which is technically a form of text messaging.
    4. If you want to block only certain people from text messaging you, scroll down the page. There you will find Block and Allow Lists. There you can block and allow people from sending you text messages by adding their information in the appropriate fields.

    A great way to foil spammers is to create a different alias address that you can send to people you know. It's listed on the same page mentioned in steps 3 and 4.

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    An Easier Route

    Blocking text messages from certain users is a great way to avoid people like spammers. If you have a serious problem with unwanted text messages and want to take an easier route and just block everyone from texting you, simply call AT&T and request that they remove text messaging capabilities from your phone altogether. This is usually easier than having to go through the above steps.

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