How to stop political texts and ads on your phone

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.

With Election Day getting nearer, political adverts are swarming throughout your Facebook feed, inbox, mailbox and now your textual content messages. Sadly, there is not a Do Not Textual content registry that applies to texting the identical method it does to phone calls. There may be, nonetheless, nonetheless a method you may try to cease political adverts from bombarding your cellphone.

When you’re additionally questioning how the group received your quantity within the first place, it is as a result of all states allow access to voter data for election functions — so when you’re a registered voter, your info is on file. 

Here is how one can cease the texts in your cellphone.

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Reply STOP to the sender

Normally whenever 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, nonetheless, be sure it is a reputable marketing campaign quantity and never a scammer. When you reply to a rip-off message, it lets the sender know your quantity is energetic.

You might have to textual content STOP a number of occasions if a number of political marketing campaign individuals 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 can conceal the messages so you do not have to see them. Here is how one can filter out the messages on iPhones ($699 at Amazon) and Android phones.

When you’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. This may type messages from individuals who aren’t in your contact checklist right into a separate checklist.

When you’re an Android person, open the Messages app Settings in your cellphone and choose Spam safety. Then, choose Allow spam safety. Word that the steps to get there could range based mostly on which Android cellphone you are utilizing.


The Messages settings in your iPhone or Android will help filter out texts.

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Contact the marketing campaign that is texting you

If all else fails, you may contact the political marketing campaign that is texting you and inform them to take away you from their checklist. (It is typically volunteers who’re texting you concerning the campaigns, attempting to get your vote.) They need to then take away you from the contact checklist, but when they do not, you may report them to the Federal Communications Commission.

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

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Katie Conner