That guy you gave your number to can’t stop messaging you, or your grandmother keeps sending you chain messages about the end of the world. Getting unwanted messages are annoying and a major distraction. Here are some tips on how to block someone on messaging apps:

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1. WhatsApp

What makes WhatsApp so cool is that you can chat with your family and friends even when you don’t have airtime (as long as you have WiFi). But it sucks when someone you don’t want to chat with keeps sending you messages, especially because in WhatsApp you can see when someone has read your messages (blue ticks). Luckily, there is an easy way to block someone on WhatsApp. When you block someone on WhatsApp, the blocked person’s messages never get delivered to you, they won’t be able to see your online information or your profile updates. You will also not be able to contact the blocked person through WhatsApp.

Here’s how:

On Android:

Open WhatsApp > Go to the Chats screen > Click on the Menu button > Settings > Account > Privacy > Blocked Contacts > Add Contact

iPhone:

Open WhatsApp > Settings (the gear icon at the bottom) > Account > Privacy > Blocked > Add New… > Then find the person in your contacts list

2. BBM (BlackBerry Messenger)

This free messaging app for BlackBerry phones (also now available for iPhone and Android) is great to keep in touch with friends and family at a reasonable cost. But you’ve at least once added someone to BBM and regretted it immediately. When you block someone on BBM they will be deleted from your contacts list and will be prevented from sending you BBMs, sending you future invites and viewing your profile.

Here’s how:

Open BBM > Highlight the contact you want to block > Choose Delete Contact > Tick the Ignore Future Invites From This User box > Delete

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 3. WeChat

When someone is bugging you on WeChat you are able to block them. By blocking them they will be prevented from contacting you.

Here’s how:

Open the WeChat app > Go to Contacts > Select the person you want to block > Select Options (three white dots at the top right) > Moments Options > Add to block list

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4. Skype

Everyone loves Skype and most people use it to speak to loved ones who live far away. But sometimes it’s a good idea to block someone on Skype especially your boss or co-workers. When you block someone on Skype they will no longer be able to see your online status and won’t be able to send you messages or Skype call you.

Here’s how:

Open Skype > Double click on the person you want to block > Click on Contacts > Click Block contact > Click Ok

5. Snapchat

Snapchat is another one of those messaging apps that could have a lot of annoying people who you just don’t want to talk to anymore. When you block someone on Snapchat they will be deleted from your contacts list and will be prevented from contacting you in future.

Here’s how:

Open Snapchat > Open your Contacts list (the Contacts icon on the bottom right) > Tap the name of the person you want to block > Tap the Gear icon that appears next to the person’s name > Choose Block from the drop-down menu