Whether it’s someone you know, someone you don’t, or someone you’d like to forget, unwanted text messages can be a drag. Follow along for how to block texts on iPhone.

Just like with email, it can be easy to get in the habit of deleting text messages from unwanted senders instead of unsubscribing blocking them. However, it doesn’t take more than a few seconds to prevent future headaches and wasted time.

Note that once you block texts from a certain number, it will also block regular calls and FaceTime calls too. Below we’ll look at how to block text messages on iPhone in iOS 14 and 13 as well as iOS 12 since the process has changed over the years.

How to block texts on iPhone

In iOS 14 and 13

  1. Tap on a message from a number you’d like to block in the Messages app
  2. Tap the contact icon just above the number at the top
  3. Choose info near the top
  4. In iOS 13 tap the arrow to the right of the number, in iOS 14 tap info again
  5. Toward the bottom of your screen tap Block this Caller

Here’s how this looks in iOS 14:

How to block text messages iPhone iOS 14

and iOS 13:

How to block text messages iPhone iOS 13

How to manage blocked numbers

  1. On your iPhone, head to Settings
  2. Swipe down and tap Phone
  3. Swipe down again and choose Blocked Contacts
  4. You’ll see the full list of numbers you’ve blocked (includes texts and calls)
  5. Tap Edit in the top right corner to unblock a number by removing it, tap Done when finished

How to block texts in iOS 12

  1. Tap on a message from a number you’d like to block in the Messages app
  2. Tap the info in the top right corner
  3. Tap the arrow to the right of the phone number
  4. Tap Block this Caller at the bottom

How to manage blocked numbers

  1. Open Settings
  2. Swipe down and tap on Messages
  3. Swipe down and tap on Blocked
  4. Tap Edit in the top right corner and remove any numbers you’d like to unblock

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