How to Stop Marketing SMS

How to Stop Marketing SMS

If you're receiving unwanted marketing SMS messages and want to stop them, you have several options to opt out and prevent further messages. Here's how you can do it:

1. Reply with "STOP"

The most common and straightforward way to stop receiving marketing SMS is to reply to the message with the word "STOP." Most legitimate marketing messages will include instructions on how to opt out. When you reply with "STOP," the sender is required by law to remove you from their SMS list.

2. Look for Opt-Out Instructions

Marketing SMS messages should include instructions on how to opt out. This might be in the form of a keyword you can reply with (such as "STOP," "UNSUBSCRIBE," or "QUIT") or a link to a website where you can manage your preferences.

3. Contact the Sender Directly

If replying with "STOP" doesn't work, you can try contacting the sender directly. Look for a customer service number or email address in the message or on the sender's website. Request to be removed from their SMS list.

4. Block the Number

If the messages persist, you can block the number on your phone. Here's how to do it on different devices:

  • iPhone:
    1. Open the message from the sender.
    2. Tap the sender's number at the top of the screen.
    3. Tap "Info" and then tap "Block this Caller."
  • Android:
    1. Open the message from the sender.
    2. Tap the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner.
    3. Select "Block number" or "Details" and then tap "Block & report spam."

5. Register with the Do Not Call List

In some countries, you can register your phone number with a national Do Not Call list to prevent unsolicited marketing messages and calls. In the United States, you can register at DoNotCall.gov.

6. Report Spam Messages

If you believe the messages are spam or you continue to receive unwanted messages after opting out, you can report them to your mobile carrier or a regulatory authority. For example:

  • United States: Forward the message to 7726 (SPAM).
  • United Kingdom: Forward the message to 7726 (SPAM).

Your carrier can investigate and take action against the sender.

Conclusion

Stopping unwanted marketing SMS messages is generally straightforward with the "STOP" command and other opt-out methods provided by the sender. If these methods fail, you can block the number, register with a Do Not Call list, and report spam messages to your carrier. Taking these steps will help ensure you no longer receive unwanted marketing communications.

If you need further assistance, you can always refer to the customer support of your mobile carrier or consult regulatory authorities for additional help.

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