How would you feel when someone keep calling you even when you don’t want? I tell you, there is nothing so irritating than receiving unwanted calls and texts from persons or companies you don’t know about.

The good news is, there are a number of things you can do to block nuisance calls and texts.

HOW TO CHANGE THE SETTINGS ON YOUR SMARTPHONE TO BLOCK CALLS AND NUMBER

No matter the kind of phone you have, whether an iPhone or an Android smartphone, you can block numbers through the settings of your phone.

  • For iPhone

In case you have an iPhone on iOS 7 or later, it’s easy to block persistent nuisance callers.

Look for the number you want to block from your list of recent callers, then Hit the ‘i’ symbol beside it and select Block this caller to stop this number from calling or texting you.

However, you can manage blocked numbers by going to your phone settings and choosing the Phone option. After which, you’ll then be able to click into a list of numbers that are blocked on your iPhone.

  • For Android

All android users can block numbers in their call log. Just select the number of the caller and then hit the more or 3 dots symbol in the top right-hand corner your screen.

There will be an option to add the number to your reject list, which should will block unwanted calls and texts.

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HOW TO BLOCK SPAM TEXT MESSAGES

Just like unwanted calls, companies are increasingly sending out junk texts in the hope of getting a response.

Sometimes they may seem annoying, there’s actually a big difference between spam and legitimate marketing texts.

A marketing texts from a reputable company usually just get sent to customers who have opted-in to receive promotional messages. And it is possible you signed up to this by accident and you can easily unsubscribe.

Although most companies will give you the option of unsubscribing by texting the word STOP.

An unsolicited spam texts usually sound similar to unwanted phone calls. Sometimes, they will probably ask if you would love to win a million naira, or they will try to trick you into replying by claiming you’ve won a new iPad.

But whatever you do, don’t reply or text back. Doing this will confirm that your number is in use, so they will keep spamming you. And this could also make them sell your number to other companies who may bombard you with unsolicited calls and texts. And also, make sure you don’t click on any links within the text either.

Please note that you can help limit the number of spam texts you get by only giving out your mobile number when absolutely necessary.

We also have apps you can download that will block spam numbers from messaging you.

APPS YOU CAN DOWNLOAD TO BLOCK AND MANAGE UNWANTED NUMBERS

Though you can block individual numbers in your phone settings, there are plenty of free apps on playstore that will give you more control over who contacts you.

Below are some of my favorite’s apps:

  • Hiya
  • Mr Number
  • Truecaller
  • YouMail Visual Voicemail

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