Report spam

When you report a conversation as spam, you also block the sender and move the message to your 'Spam and blocked' folder.

Block and report a conversation

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Messages app Messages logo round.
  2. Touch and hold the conversation that you want to report.
  3. Tap Block  and then Report spam and then OK.

Block from inside a conversation

You can also open a conversation and report it as spam.

From the conversation, tap More options More and then Details and then Block and report spam and then OK


  • The contact is reported as spam, and the message is sent to your 'Spam and blocked' folder.
  • You can report spam but don't have to block the contact.

Remove a spam report

Unblocking a conversation removes a spam report.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Messages app Messages logo round.
  2. Tap More options More and then Spam and blocked and then More options More and then Blocked contacts.
  3. Find the contact in the list and tap Remove Delete and then Unblock.
    • Otherwise, tap Back Back.

Tip: When you unblock a contact, the spam report is removed, and the conversations are put back on the Home screen. Learn how to clean up conversations in Messages.

Learn about spam reports 

When you report spam:

  • Google gets a copy of up to 10 of the spammer's last messages so that we can improve spam detection. 
  • Your past replies to the spammer aren't sent to Google. 
  • Your name and phone number aren't linked to the spammer’s messages. 
  • The spammer can't view your report and won't know about it.

Your report might create a separate 'Spam reporting' conversation. This will send a copy of the spammer’s number plus the most recent text message to your mobile operator. These conversations may be spam and blocked automatically.

It’s only an option to send spam reports. You can also block a phone number and don't have to report it to Google. Learn more about spam protection and how to block or unblock a number.

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