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How to Report Text Message Spam: Android (KitKat, 4.4)

Plagued with annoying spam texts on your Android device? Report them to the GSMA spam reporting service! On most networks this can be done by forwarding them to 7726 (that’s S-P-A-M on your phone’s keypad.) Reporting these spam messages helps your mobile operator to take action against spammers and prevent further spam.

Please note: while many mobile carriers around the world are moving to the 7726 short code as a standard way to report text message spam, some countries may use a different short code such as in France where the code is 33700.  If you don’t get the expected response from 7726, then check with your mobile carrier for the best way to send in spam reports.

In this post we’ll focus on showing you how to forward spam to 7726 on an Android using KitKat (4.4) with the default Hangouts application.

Looking for a previous version of Android? Instructions here.

Other tutorials on reporting SMS spam to 7726:
Samsung Galaxy S5 (TouchWiz)
iPhone iOS7
iPhone iOS6 and older
Verizon Messages (Verizon’s Messaging app).

How to Report Spam on Android (KitKat)

1. First make a note of the phone number the spam text came from. You’ll need it later.

2. Press and hold on the spam text to bring up the menu.

3. Select Forward from the options.

4. Select New Message at the bottom.

5. Enter 7726 in the field at the top and select it as the recipient.

6. Now, send the message.

7. In response, you should receive a reply from your carrier asking for the phone number used to send the spam.

8. Finally, reply to the carrier’s message with the spammer’s phone number (noted in step 1.)

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