How to Unsubscribe From Automated Text Messages

Message notifications on an iPhone home screen.
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If you have a smartphone, you are probably receiving text alerts. Bank security codes, restaurant coupons, political campaign messages – the list goes on and on. Here’s how to stop receiving unwanted automated texts from an organization.

Text messages are not accompanied by the type of “unsubscribe” links that you will find in newsletters by e-mail. Often they do not include any unsubscribe instructions. But even if a text message contains no instructions to stop it, there is an almost universal way to unsubscribe.

To unsubscribe from automated text messages sent to your mobile phone number, simply reply to the text with one of the following words:

  • STOP
  • UNSUBSCRIBE
  • END
  • TO LEAVE
  • TO CANCEL

“Stop” and “Unsubscribe” are the most common commands.

These are fairly universal commands, and most automated systems will immediately notify you that you have been removed from the list and that you will no longer receive automated alert messages.

Unsubscribe from a text message list on an iPhone.

Note that many automated SMS services share shortcode numbers from which they send you messages. Sending a message like “STOP” or “UNSUBSCRIBE” will remove you from the list that sent you the last text message in the number. To remove yourself from all lists sharing this shortcode number, send this message instead:

What about spam texts?

The above tip works for legitimate automated text message lists that offer a way to opt out. Like with junk mail, some people send text messages and don’t stop even if you kindly ask.

If someone continues to text you anyway and provides no way to unsubscribe, you can always block text messages from a specific number on iPhone or Android.

If you receive spam text messages from multiple numbers. you can block spam text messages on an iPhone or on an Android phone by installing a third-party application that automatically blocks a known list of spam numbers. It’s like a spam filter for your text messages.


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