How to Block Texts From Email Addresses

Unfortunately, text messages from strange email addresses you’ve never interacted with have become pretty common. Scammers rely heavily on sending text messages from email addresses to bypass cell carrier charges for outbound messages.

How to Block Texts From Email Addresses

Luckily, there are a few things you can try to block text messages from scam email senders. For example, you can create a temporary contact entry for them, then block that contact.

If you want to know exactly how this is done, this article will cover the instructions on how to block texts from email addresses for various devices. In addition, our FAQs include details of third-party apps and other ways to block unwanted calls and texts automatically.

How to Block Text Messages From Email Address on an Android Device

To prevent an email address from sending text messages to your Android device, you’ll first need to create a contact entry for it:

  1. Open the “Messages” app.
  2. Find the text message, then long-press it.
  3. At the top, choose “Add Contact.”
  4. Tap “Add Contact” again to confirm.
  5. Then select “Create new contact.”
  6. Enter a name for the contact in the “Name” text field.

To block the contact:

  1. Open the “Phone” app.
  2. Go to the “Contacts” tab.
  3. Find the contact entry created previously, then tap on the name.
  4. At the top right, tap the three-dotted menu icon.
  5. From the pull-down menu, select “Block numbers.”
  6. Now confirm you want to block that contact by choosing “Block.”

How to Block Text Messages From Email Address on an iPhone

To stop receiving text messages to your iPhone from an email address, you’ll first need to create a contact entry for it:

  1. Open “Messages.”
  2. Find then tap on the text message.
  3. At the top, tap on the right-pointing chevron next to sender details.
  4. Click “Info,” then enter a name for the contact.
  5. Tap “Done” to save.

Then to block the new contact:

  1. Open the “Settings” app.
  2. Select “Messages” then “Blocked” or “Blocked Contacts.”
  3. At the bottom, select “Add new…”
  4. Find and tap the contact. It will be added instantly to your blocked list.

How to Block Text Messages From Email Address With Verizon

To demonstrate how to block a text message from an email address on your Verizon number, you can log into your Verizon account and block all emails from texting your phone number. Here’s what to do:

  1. Click on this link to go to the Verizon Spam Block page. Then, log into your account.
  2. Click on Blocked Services.
  3. Select the Emails & Domains option.
  4. Enter the email or domain you’d like to block. Verizon lets users block up to 15 individual domains.
  5. Click the option to Block all text messages sent from email.

Now, you won’t receive any more texts from email addresses. You can add a specific domain (@google.com, for example). But, often, scammers use several different domains, so it’s best to block them all unless you need email-to-text.

How to Block Text Messages From Email Address With AT&T

If you prefer to call AT&T to have all email-to-text options blocked, you can. Dial 611 from your AT&T cell phone and select the option for Customer Care.

But, if you prefer to do everything online, AT&T allows you to block text messages to your AT&T number from people or spambots’ email addresses. Here’s how to set this up using their portal:

  1. Navigate to AT&T Messages, then sign up for a messaging account.
  2. Click on “Register Now,” then create a password. When you’re done, you’ll receive a registration code by text.
  3. Log in to your account after you have registered it at mymessages.wireless.att.com and entered your registration code.
  4. The following screen will display some “Blocking Options.” Check the appropriate checkboxes for “Block all text messages sent to you as email” and “Block all multimedia messages sent to you as email.”

Additional FAQs

Here are the answers to more questions about blocking spammers on your smartphone.

How do I report a spam text message?

To report a conversation as spam, block the sender, then move to your Spam folder via an Android device:

1. Open “Messages.”

2. Tap and long-press the conversation you wish to report.

3. Tap “Block,” “Report spam,” then “OK.”

Alternatively, you can open the conversation, then report it as spam by:

1. Tapping on the three-dotted “More” menu icon.

2. Tap on “Details,” “Block and report spam,” “Report spam,” then “OK.”

The contact will be reported as spam, then the message will be sent to your “Spam and blocked” folder. You can also report spam without blocking the contact.

To report spam or junk message in the iMessage app on iPhone:

You can report any Messages that look like junk or spam. If you receive a text message from someone who is not saved to your Contacts, there will be a “Report Junk” link beneath the message:

1. Tap on “Report Junk.”

2. Tap on “Delete” and “Report Junk.”

As well as removing the message from your device, doing so will deliver the sender’s information to Apple. However, doing this will not prevent the same sender from sending other messages to you. You’ll need to block the contact.

Can I block emails to text on T-Mobile?

Unfortunately, it seems T-Mobile has yet to develop a solution to spam emails sent to texts. While T-Mobile users can call customer service for more assistance, it seems at the time of writing, the best way to stop these communications is by following the device-specific instructions at the top of this article.

Stop Unwanted Text Messages

Receiving unwanted text messages from unknown senders is like receiving junk mail. It can cause annoying clutter, and you’re usually not interested in what they’re offering.

Luckily, several options are available to prevent unwanted text messages, including blocking individual senders or installing third-party apps to take care of the problem automatically.

What method or methods do you use to block unwanted text messages? Have you seen a reduction in the number of unwanted messages you receive? Let us know in the comments section below.

24 thoughts on “How to Block Texts From Email Addresses”

Sally Voelske says:
It would be nice if you could add a character such as @ in a filter … because Im getting continuous S&M texts and they are of no interest to me … and its rediculous to block a specific address .. If the possibility could be created to use a filter… “@”, “.com” things that are not affiliated with texting IDs, could stop this crap …
T Moore says:
I received a fraudulent text message alert supposedly from my bank. There is no phone# to block. I understand it can happen again since they keep changing email addresses. Is there something that can be done about this?
Steve Larner says:
No.
Mariah says:
I wish there was a better way to do this. My 9yo child gets very inappropriate email texts because of the previous phone number owner. I have yet to find an effective way to make it stop without changing the phone number. Even with all the parental controls and spam filters, they still make it through multiple times a week.
Steve Larner says:
Not much you can do to block explicit or inappropriate messages on your child’s phone.
Matthew Schwartz says:
What a waste of time. This article is practically useless. You need to wildcard block email addresses, individual blocks are useless at preventing spam. The address will always be different.
Steve Larner says:
You are correct about spammers and hackers constantly changing the email. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do other than possibly find a third-party app that can mark your messages as spam or inappropriate.
Morris Fritchey says:
Does not work on a
Galaxy A50 or A51 5G
Any help for them?
Steve Larner says:
See if the following link helps.
Puddin says:
Clickbait! Why would I clutter my contacts list with zillions of spam email addresses?! This only applies to legit companies not the fraudulent/illicit ones.
Steve Larner says:
It’s not clickbait, it’s possible ways to control it. However, the hackers and spammers keep changing the email address and Android/iPhone haven’t found a viable solution. You just delete them one by one. It’s better than leaving them.
JasonH says:
I agree with the others. This is pointless advice. Who has the time or the will to sit and add a new contact for every spammer?

Better advice – call your phone provider and ask them to disable the ability to send email to your phone number via MMS or SMS. For AT&T you have to call and ask for Advanced Technical Support. Not sure about other carriers.

Silverbanshee says:
The Android directions don’t work. Even added as a contact, and email address CANNOT be blocked.
JOHN says:
doesn’t work on android phone
Stephen Pickering says:
Blocking spam based on individual, specific email addresses is not effective. The addresses are all fake to start with, and spammers never use the same one twice. There are billions of potential email addresses available, and I would like to have a setting to block ALL text messages from email addresses. I have never received a legitimate text message from an email address.
Stephen Pickering says:
Blocking an individual email address is pointless. The spammers are generating new source email addresses for every single text message. They don’t use the same address more than once. We need a way to block all messages from any email address.
Steve Larner says:
You are absolutely right! But, if you have someone specific that keeps bothering you, you can block them.
Jim says:
EXACTLY!! NOBODY understands this, especially for Android!
Laura says:
I don’t have the option to block the email address that keeps sending me MMS to download. It’s the same email as well. Tried adding the contact but it doesn’t give the option to block on Android.
Steve Larner says:
Not sure why you can’t block the email MMS messages. Try going to the main screen where all messages from all senders appear, then press and hold down on the sender to see what options you get. On a Motorola G Fast with Android 11, I got three options: Mute Notifications, Add Contact, and Block. For email senders, I get those three choices. For contacts, I get Mute. For marketing and more that use short code numbers (94822, 96658, etc), I get all three options.
Toi Mittaja says:
Doesn’t work with T-Mobile LgThinq. No option to block, no more menu to get to report spam, really no features at all to block.
Joanne ware says:
Nothing is stopping the unwanted Ted spam scam texts! Have done everything. I get at least 10 a day. My android used to automatically put them into a folder and I would not see them. But not anymore.
Steve Larner says:
It’s getting to the point that MMS is useless because of the increase in hacker messages and spammers. Your best bet is to use a third-party messenger, but everyone you communicate with must use the same one.
bob says:
doesn’t work. you can make a contact for an email address, but if it doesnt have a phone number attached to it then you cant actually block it
Lilly says:
Don’t have an option to block contacts on my Android phone.
MaryEllen Pepper says:
I don’t have a “Block contact” option on my Galaxy A71 5G. I’m using the messages app that came with my phone. When I open a spam text sent from an email address and click on the three dots it goes from “Delete messages” to “Notification sound” with no “Block contact” option in between.
Alma Colvin says:
It doesn’t work, “add contact” is not an option on my android.
Steve Larner says:
I tested it on a Motorola G Fast Android 11 smartphone and it still worked.
Dayna says:
doesn’t work for AT&T, the link doesn’t work.
G says:
That doesn’t work.
Kathleen says:
I have an Android device and I tried using your directions to block text messages coming to my phone from an email address,, but they do not work because there is no phone number to block. It is an EMAIL ADDRESS, so I end up with the same problem: not blocking the spam email text message.
Angela says:
Thank you for this information.
Ben says:
Non of the AT&T links work, and looks like the website either changed or no longer works. Blocking email SMS spam by creating a contact is pointless, given the spammers will use a different email address every message.
Sierra says:
This doesn’t really help when they use random generated emails every time. You block one it was never going to text you again anyway, it just makes a new one.
JohnT says:
I’m getting text messages from email addresses that have no phone number on my Android. When I view the message it has no subject or text in the body. I use “Messages” as my texting app, v10.1.51.75 on my Note8. When I view the “info” about the app it states that it was installed from the Galaxy Store. I cannot find it in the Galaxy store. The icon is a circle has a blue background, containing a white rectangle with three dots. I do see this icon in the Galaxy store but it is not the app I’m using.

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