Block political texts and ads on your phone. Here’s how

Cease undesirable textual content messages in your cellphone.

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This story is part of Elections 2020, PJDM’s coverage of the run-up to voting in November.

Election Day is 22 days away and political advertisements are bombarding your Facebook feed, mailbox and now your textual content message inbox. Sadly, there is not a Do Not Textual content registry that applies to texting the identical means it does to phone calls. There’s, nevertheless, nonetheless a means you’ll be able to try and cease political advertisements from swarming your cellphone.

For those who’re questioning how the group acquired your quantity within the first place, it is as a result of all states allow access to voter data for election functions — so in case you’re a registered voter, your data is on file. 

This is the best way to cease the undesirable political texts.

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Reply STOP to the sender

Normally if you obtain a political textual content message, you can opt-out. You may even see a message within the textual content physique like “reply STOP or unsubscribe to cease receiving messages.” Earlier than responding, nevertheless, be sure it is a professional marketing campaign quantity and never a scammer. For those who reply to a rip-off message, it lets the sender know your quantity is lively.

You’ll have to textual content STOP a number of instances if a number of political marketing campaign persons are reaching out to you from totally different numbers.

Filter out the textual content messages

Your smartphone has capabilities that allow you to filter out textual content messages from unknown senders. Whereas this does not cease unknown senders from texting you, it’s going to conceal the messages so you do not have to see them. This is the best way to filter out the messages on iPhones ($699 at Amazon) and Android phones.

For those who’re an iPhone person, open the Settings app and faucet Messages. From right here, scroll down and choose Filter Unknown Senders and swipe the toggle setting on. It will kind messages from individuals who aren’t in your contact checklist right into a separate checklist.

For those who’re an Android person, open the Messages app Settings in your cellphone and choose Spam safety. Then, choose Allow spam safety. Be aware that the steps to get there might range based mostly on which Android cellphone you are utilizing.


The Messages settings in your iPhone or Android can assist filter out texts.

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Contact the marketing campaign that is texting you

If all else fails, you’ll be able to contact the political marketing campaign that is texting you and inform them to take away you from their checklist. (It is usually volunteers who’re texting you in regards to the campaigns, making an attempt to get your vote.) They need to then take away you from the contact checklist, but when they do not, you’ll be able to report them to the Federal Communications Commission.

For extra election data, listed below are seven things you can do to make your vote count, how to track your election ballot online and be sure to know what your voting rights are earlier than you head to the polls.

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Katie Conner