How To Stop Flash SMS Message?

Stuart Williams
By Stuart Williams 9 Min Read
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So, remember when we all used to send regular text messages? Well, times have changed! Now, pretty much everyone’s using apps like WhatsApp, and those old-school SMS messages? Yeah, they’ve taken a back seat. In fact, the only time most of us check our text messages now is for those OTPs (One-Time Passwords) or when our bank tells us we’ve spent too much money (oops!).

But guess what? Advertisers caught on to our new texting habits. Since they realized we weren’t looking at our SMS inboxes anymore, they’ve come up with a super irritating way to grab our attention: flash messages. Yep, those annoying pop-ups that take over your whole screen, and you can’t do anything until you interact with them.

Let’s break it down. Most of the time, these flash messages come from your own phone service provider. And guess what? They’re turned on by default. Super sneaky, right?

Unlike those notifications that just pop up at the top of your screen and go away after a bit, flash messages are different. They pop up right in the middle of whatever you’re doing and give you two options: “Accept” or “Cancel.” And here’s where things can get a bit tricky. Some of these are service activation messages. If you accidentally hit “Accept”? Yep, you might just end up losing some of that precious phone balance of yours.

Okay, so now that we know what’s up with these flash messages, you’re probably wondering how to stop them. Don’t sweat it! There’s actually a pretty simple solution for all Android devices out there.

The catch? The name of the service you need to turn off might vary based on your network provider. But don’t stress! I’m here to help. I’ll list out the service names for all the major networks. That way, you’ll know exactly what to turn off to stop those flash messages from popping up on your Android phones and tablets. Stick around, and let’s tackle this together!

Steps to disable flash messages in Android

I’m going to walk you through the steps using a Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro with a Vodafone SIM card as an example. But hey, even if you’re on Airtel, Idea, BSNL, or some other network, these steps are mostly the same. Just keep an eye out for slight differences in the service names. Ready? Let’s dive in!

  1. Start Fresh: First off, unlock your phone. Ready? Let’s move on.
  2. Find the SIM Toolkit: Head on over to your app drawer (that’s where all your apps are listed). Look for the app named SIM toolkit and tap on it.
  3. Hunt Down Flash SMS: Inside the SIM toolkit, you’ll see the flash SMS service. Go on, tap on it.
  4. It’s Deactivation Time: See the option that says Activation? Click on it.
  5. Choose Wisely: Now, you’ll get an option to Deactivate. Tap on that.
  6. Final Confirmation: A pop-up will ask you if you’re sure. Click OK to confirm you want those flash messages gone!

And voilà! Once you’ve done this, those promotional flash messages will be history – well, unless you turn them on again or reset your phone.

Bharti Airtel: Easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Into the SIM Toolkit: Open up that SIM toolkit app.
  2. Find the Culprit: Look for the Airtel Now! service. Tapped it? Awesome!
  3. Turn it Off: See the Start / Stop option? Hit that and then select Stop. Boom! No more flash messages. Oh, and you might get a text just confirming that you’ve shut it down.

Bonus Tip: Want another way to do this? Just shoot a text saying STOP ANOW to 58234. Done!

Vodafone: Let’s Get This Sorted

  1. Head to SIM Toolkit: Launch the SIM toolkit app.
  2. Spot the Offender: Tap on FLASH! (yes, with the exclamation point).
  3. Shut it Down: Click on Activation, then on Deactivate. When it asks if you’re sure, hit OK. And just like that, peace is restored!

Idea: Two Ways to Freedom

  1. Open Idea Power: Yep, there’s an app for that! Tap on it.
  2. Spot the Service: Find and click on the Idea Flash service.
  3. Deactivate: Just like before, hit Activation, then choose Deactivate. Flash messages, be gone!

Alternate Method: Rather not use the app? Dial *121*46# from your default phone dialer. Easy peasy!

BSNL: Your Turn!

  1. Into the BSNL Mobile App: Find and open the BSNL Mobile app on your phone.
  2. Find BSNL Buzz: Yep, that’s the one causing all the fuss! Click on it.
  3. Shut the Door on Flash Messages: Tap on Activation, select Deactivate, and click OK. And… you’re flash-message-free!

Reliance Jio

If you’re rocking a Reliance Jio SIM in your Android phone, things get a tiny bit complicated. Why? Because you won’t find that handy SIM toolkit application to just disable services. Bummer, right?

But don’t lose hope! Here’s what you can do:

  1. Customer Support to the Rescue: Your best bet? Give a shout-out to the helpful folks at @JioCare with your mobile number. They’ve got the power to shut down those ads for your number from their end.
  2. Could the Apps Be the Culprits?: Sometimes, those ads might be coming from one of the Jio apps you have installed. So, you could try uninstalling apps like Jio 4G Voice, MyJio, Jio Music, Jio Movies, and the rest. See if that makes a difference!

Quick Recap on How to Stop Flash Messages:

  • Airtel: SIM toolkit > Airtel Now! > Start / Stop > Stop > OK
  • Vodafone: SIM toolkit > FLASH! > Activation > Deactivate > OK
  • Idea: Idea Power > Idea Flash > Activation > Deactivate > OK
  • BSNL: BSNL Mobile > BSNL Buzz > Activation > Deactivate > OK
  • Jio: Reach out to Jio customer care or consider uninstalling all Jio apps.

What about Class 0 messages?

Ever turned off flash messages but STILL get those pop-ups? Those sneaky little things could be “Class 0 messages.” Here’s the bummer: you can’t really stop them. Yep, I know. They’re super mysterious and tracing who’s sending them is like finding a needle in a haystack. And blocking them? Almost impossible.

But, if you’re being bombarded with these, don’t suffer in silence! Ring up your customer support. They might have a magic trick up their sleeves to block these messages from their end.

In Conclusion…

Navigating the world of flash messages can feel like a maze, but with the right guide and a bit of patience, you can reclaim your phone screen from those pesky pop-ups. Regardless of your network provider – be it Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, BSNL, or the slightly trickier Reliance Jio – there’s a way out. And for those mysterious Class 0 messages, always remember customer support might have a solution. Armed with this knowledge, you’re now empowered to enjoy a smoother, less interrupted mobile experience. So, here’s to fewer unwanted pop-ups and more joy with your device! 📱✨

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Hey, I'm Stuart, a tech enthusiast and writing expert. With a passion for technology, I specialize in crafting in-depth articles, reviews, and affiliate content. In the ever-evolving world of digital marketing, I've witnessed how the age of the internet has transformed technology journalism. Even in the era of social media and video marketing, reading articles remains crucial for gaining valuable insights and staying informed. Join me as we explore the exciting realm of tech together!
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