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Are you annoyed by the flash message you get from your network provider whenever you use the internet or take a call? Don’t worry! We bring the solution to it. This article covers how to disable flash messages in simple steps.

- Updated: 25th May 2024, 23:35 IST
  • 1
    What are Flash Messages?
  • 2
    Steps to Stop Flash Messages
    • For Airtel Users
    • For Reliance Jio Users
    • For Vodafone Idea Users (VI)
    • For BSNL Users
  • 3
    Using iPhone? Here is How You Can Stop Flash Messages
  • 4
    Effective Substitute Method To Disable Flash Messages in Smartphones
  • 5
    What are Class 0 Messages?
  • 6
    Final Words

Picture this: You are emailing your boss or doing something important on your phone, and unexpectedly, a flash message appears! You will be annoyed then and wonder how to disable flash messages. Don’t you?

This article covers steps to turn off flash messages. Read on to learn more. However, before diving deep into how to disable flash messages, let’s first understand what they are.

What are Flash Messages?

Flash messages are a type of message that usually appears on your Android or iPhone’s home screen. It appears whenever your network/internet service provider wants to advertise their service or send you a reminder that your subscription plan is about to end. It can be bothersome when you do important work or watch your favourite content.

Nowadays, not most people instantly check their instant messages, including SMS. To resolve this issue, network operators moved to flash messages to push ads and offers directly to the consumer’s home screen.

These flash messages do not need physical storage on a smartphone. Its main aim is to notify the user regarding exclusive recharge offers or any new caller tunes are available, etc.

Remember, the flash messages come with the OK and Cancel option buttons. So, if you click on one by mistake, you need to pay for it. It can become an interruption when you play games or watch videos.

Steps to Stop Flash Messages

For Airtel Users

Disable flash message - Airtel

Whether you are a postpaid or prepaid Airtel user, the steps to stop flash messages for both are the same. You can stop these flash messages with the help of SIM toolkit settings or SMS.

For that, you need to follow the steps below.

Method – 1 Via SMS Toolkit

  • First of all, open the app drawer.
  • Then, go to the SIM Toolkit app icon. Here, remember that on some devices, the name of the Toolkit app can be Airtel Services.
Via SMS Toolkit - Airtel -Step -1
  • Once you open the app, click on Airtel Now.
Click on Airtel Now
  • Click on the Start/Stop option you can see on the screen.
Start Stop Screen
  • You will see three options: Start, Stop, and View Messages. Click on Stop.
  • After that, you will see one pop-up dialogue box with the confirmation message. You need to click on OK to complete the process.
confirmation pop up

Also read: All Airtel Data Plans List

Method – 2 – Via SMS Shortcut

Do you know you can stop these flash messages with the help of SMS, too? Yes, you read it right. For that, you need to follow the below steps.

  • Open your message app and click on New Message.
  • Now, you need to enter 58234 as the receiver’s number.
  • Type the message as STOP ANOW.
Disable flash message - SMS -Airtel

Now, click on Send.

For Reliance Jio Users

Stopping flash messages if you are a Reliance Jio User is pretty challenging. However, you can follow the below steps.

  • Go to the My Jio app
  • Uninstall this app
For Reliance Jio Users

Still, if you cannot get rid of flash messages, you should contact your internet service provider through the customer care number. You can easily find their customer care center number online.

Also read: How To Recharge BSNL Prepaid: Step by Step Guide

For Vodafone Idea Users (VI)

Stopping Flash messages for Vodafone Idea users is the same as we do in Airtel. You will get two options. You can stop it by sending an SMS or via SIM Toolkit. Let’s go through both options one by one.

Method – 1 – Via SMS ( Prepaid User)

If you are a prepaid user of Vodafone Idea, follow the steps below.

  • Open the message app and type CAN FLASH.
  • After doing it, send this message to 144.
vodafone prepaid users

If you are a postpaid user, you must do the following things.

  • Launch the messaging app and type CAN FLASH.
  • After that, send this message to 199.
postpaid users vodafone

Method – 2 – Via SIM Toolkit App

To stop flash messages in Vodafone Airtel, follow the steps below.

  • First, open the App drawer.
  • Then, search for the Vodafone Services application.
  • Click on it.
  • Here, you will get the Flash option. Click on it.
  • If the flash option is on, you will see it activated. You need to click on it to deactivate it.

Also read: All Vi Data Plans List 

For BSNL Users

Are you a BSNL user? Here are a few steps to stop flash messages.

  • Search for the BSNL Mobile application on your smartphone.
  • Once you find it, click on it and launch it.
  • After that, click on BSNL Buzz Service.
For reliance jio users - 1
  • Click on the Deactivate option.
  • You need to click on OK to confirm your action.
confirmation pop up - reliance

Also read: Best BSNL Validity Recharge Plans For Prepaid Users!

Using iPhone? Here is How You Can Stop Flash Messages

Stopping flash messages on an iPhone is easier than on an Android. The reason is that you do not need to follow various methods according to your ISPs. All users must follow common steps to turn off flash messages on their iPhones.

  • First of all, launch the Settings App.
  • After that, click on Mobile Data. Here, you will see SIM Applications.
  • Per your ISP, you will get options like ‘Airtel Now’ and ‘Flash’. Therefore, select the suitable option and then proceed further.
  • Now, click the Disable flash messages by clicking on options like ‘Stop’ and ‘Deactivate.’

Effective Substitute Method To Disable Flash Messages in Smartphones

Here is the most effective method to stop flash messages on iPhone or Android.

  • First, save the flash message that you received from the ISP.
  • After that, block the number of a sender.

Generally, this method works perfectly for all ISPs and smartphones.

What are Class 0 Messages?

Even after disabling the flash message, if you are getting a flash message, it is called a Class 0 message. The drawback of these Class 0 messages is that you cannot stop them, block the sender, or trace the sender. Therefore, contact consumer support if you get these flash messages frequently. They will help you to block these messages.

Also read: 10 Ways Smartphones Can Save You Time and Money

Final Words

So here we come to the end of this guide—how to disable flash messages from your network provider. Follow the steps discussed above, and you can quickly get rid of the irritating message.

If you feel I missed any crucial steps or have questions about this article, please ask us in the comment section below.

Also read: Caution: Phone Heating Problem! Is Your Smartphone On The List?

If your phone’s screen is broken or the speaker is not working, opt for Cashify’s mobile repair services. They offer this service at an affordable rate.


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Highlights of the Story

• The main aim of flash messages is to grab user’s attention, but most are promotional.
• If you are getting such messages constantly and don’t know how to disable flash messages, you have come to the right place.
• Read this article thoroughly to learn the steps to turn off these messages.

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