How to block texts from email addresses

Welcome to the future, you’re still getting spam text messages. What’s worse, you’re getting trash texts from email addresses. So humanity is still innovating – only it’s about making life worse. But at least we have some tools to fight these blights. Let us tell you how to block texts from emails. 

Updated: June 14, 2023

What’s that weird text you received from an email address?

Spam texts from emails, also known as robotexts, are texts sent from an SMS gateway, a Third-Party Service, or a Chrome Extension connected to Gmail or a similar email service. By using an email address, spammers are able to send a massive amount of texts virtually for free even. 

Scammers use official-looking email addresses to spoof your caller ID. Source: WGAL

In the US, all you need to send a text from an email address is:

  1. The phone number.
  2. The carrier.

Each carrier has a specific email domain to use when emailing texts. For example, if your phone number is 0987654321 and your carrier is Virgin Mobile, you’d need to enter 0987654321@vmobl.com in the email address field to send yourself a text. Simple!

And that’s why spammers love it

Take control of your personal data online

In order to get a spam text from an email, the spammer has to know your phone number. How do they get it?

  1. You may have shared it publicly via social media.
  2. You may have given it to a legitimate company that then suffered a data breach
  3. You may have entered it on a scammy website that gives or sells data to spammers. 
  4. Your data may be for sale on data broker sites. To remove your data:
    • You can contact each data broker individually and use your knowledge of the local law they operate under to request that they delete your data from their databases.
    • You can use a service like Incogni to remove your data from data brokers and people search sites with just a few clicks.

Of course, doing it all by yourself doesn’t cost any money, only your time—to the tune of 300+ hours. Meanwhile, using a service costs money, but the process takes off and happens in the background – no need for you to get involved.  

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How do I block spam text messages? 

There are several steps you need to follow when it comes to spam messages. 

Blocking spam texts on Android

  1. In the messages app tap and hold the spam message.
  1. Click the hamburger menu in the top-right corner and Tap “block.”.
  1. Confirm by tapping “ok.”
    • Optionally, mark “report spam” beforehand – this will report the spam to Google, but may incur charges as the proof messages are transferred. 

This way, you can block text messages without even opening them. 

If you’ve already opened the message:

  1. Click the hamburger menu in the top right.
  2. Tap “details.”
  3. Select “block and report spam.”
  4. Confirm by tapping “ok.”
    • Optionally, mark “report spam” beforehand – this will report the spam to Google, but may incur charges as the proof messages are transferred.

Google isn’t stupid, so when you open likely spam messages from unknown senders, you may receive the suggestion to either report spam or to add the sender to your contacts list. 

How to block texts on iPhone

  1. Open the Messages app. 
  2. Tap on the spam message/the conversion with the spam texts
  3. Tap the contact at the top. 
  4. Tap “Info.” 
  5. Select “block this caller.” 
  6. Tap “block contact” to confirm. 

You can also set up your iPhone to filter out messages from unknown senders as well as block notifications about messages from unknown senders. However, this may, in some cases, filter out legitimate messages. 

  1. Open the settings.
  2. Tap “messages.” 
  1. Scroll down and toggle “filter unknown senders” to on.
  1. Scroll up and tap “notifications.”
  1. Tap “customize notifications.”
  1. Toggle “unknown senders” off. 

If you want to see which messages were filtered:

  1. Close the settings and go to the messages app.
  2. Tap “filters” in the upper left corner.
  3. Tap “unknown senders” to see what messages were filtered out.

Report spam to your carrier/operator

Whoever is providing you with mobile service is probably interested in making that service non-annoying to you.

That’s why you should report spam numbers and emails to your operator. That way, they can block them on their end. 

Get an app that stops spam texts

Android and iOS systems have their own spam-blocking solutions. However, they could always be better. That’s why a common piece of advice is to get a commercial solution that’s specialized in blocking spam. 

Some options open to you:

  1. RoboKiller
  2. TextKiller
  3. SMS Spam Stopper

In conclusion: block spam text messages with ease

We will never be able to completely eradicate spammers. But we can block and filter spam texts from email addresses. This doesn’t end with just deleting the offending text message. An ounce of spam protection is worth a pound of blocking individual senders. So why not regain some control over your data by using Incogni? 

Check out more guides on how to stop spam:

FAQ

Why am I getting texts from email addresses?

You’re getting texts from email address because of one or several of these factors:

1. You shared your phone number publicly, probably via social media.
2. A legitimate company you gave your number to suffered a data breach. 
3. You gave out your number on a scam website. 
4. A data broker that has gathered your data via legitimate means sold it to an advertiser or spammer.

How do I stop random emails from texting my phone?

To stop emails from texting your phone, you should:

1. Block the senders in the messages app.
2. Report them as spam.
3. Remove your data from data broker databases.

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