Huawei P9 – How to Block Text Messages

Receiving unsolicited text messages and spam can be frustrating and clutter your message inbox. Thankfully, blocking unwanted messages is easy on your Huawei P9 device.

Block Messages via Harassment Filter

Huawei’s Harassment Filter makes blocking unwanted calls and messages easy. This feature is native to your phone, so you don’t need to download any extra apps.

Enable Harassment Filter

To start, open the Phone app and select “Harassment filter” at the bottom of the screen. Toggle the master switch at the top to “On” to enable the filter. You can also customize more advanced call and message blocking settings here.

Configure Blocking Rules

Configure your spam rules and keywords by tapping on the Settings gear icon. Here are some of the key options:

  • Blacklist number interception toggle – use if you want to block all calls and messages from specific numbers
  • Blacklist keyword interception – blocks text messages from strangers if they include specific keywords
  • Stranger interception toggle – blocks all calls and messages from anyone who is not on your contacts list
  • Unknown numbers interception toggle – blocks calls only from unknown, empty, and private numbers
  • Intercept all toggle – blocks all calls and messages, including contacts, blacklists, and strangers

Block Messages via Messages App

You may also block spam directly from the Messages app. This method, however, only works for the native messaging app.

If you would like to block messages from a specific number or contact:

  1. Open the Messages app
  2. Tap on the conversation thread from the number you want to block
  3. Select “More” in the top right corner
  4. Choose “Add to blacklist”

The number will now be blocked from sending you messages.

Final Thought

The Harassment Filter on your Huawei P9 is very easy to utilize. However, you may need to be careful about which settings you select. Some of the features block both calls and messages, while others are only message-specific. Be sure to toggle the right features or you may miss out on important calls.

With the ability to block at both an app level and system level, stopping spam texts on your Huawei phone is a breeze. Use the techniques above to take control of your messaging inbox.