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Turn on chat features for the first time

When chat features are on, you can send messages over Wi-Fi and use other features.

If your operator and device aren’t automatically set up for chat features, you may be offered chat features through Jibe Mobile by Google. In that case, the Messages app will prompt you to open and agree to the Jibe Terms of Service. You might be asked to provide your phone number.

Important: You may occasionally receive a text from Jibe Mobile from Google to verify your phone number. Chat features are available for your default or preferred call SIM at this time and may be available for other SIMs later. Manage your default call SIM in your system settings. To learn how to use dual SIM settings, contact your device manufacturer.

If your operator supports chat features but your device isn’t automatically set up for chat features, you may get a notification to ‘Do more with Messages’. If you get this notification:

  1. On your device, open Messages Tap Get started  Next..
  2. Tap Get started  Next Next.
  3. To keep Messages connected, tap Yes.

If you can’t turn on chat features, learn how to troubleshoot.

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How to Make Someone Think your Phone is Disconnected App

You could probably do a search on Google Play or the App Store to find apps that will make it look as though your phone has been disconnected to certain people, the only problem is that, in most cases, you will have to pay for an app that has the ability to make your cell phone appear disconnected, especially if you want you cell phone to look disconnected ONLY to certain, specific phone numbers.

An app called Trapcall that worked amazingly well. You simply add any phone number you wish to Trapcalls blacklist and anytime a phone number in the blacklist called, they immediately got a greeting that genuinely sounded as though the phone was disconnected.

The problem with Trapcall and other types of apps for making your phone appear disconnected is

  • They are not free.
  • Cell phone apps tend to be buggy to say the least. If you really want to sell the idea that your phone is disconnected, reliability is pretty important.

How to Make Someone Think your Phone is Disconnected – Step #3 Block Calls from Numbers you Want Make Think your Number is Disconnected

At this point you have your cell phone set up so all calls are automatically forwarded to your Google Voice account. Now you want to follow these instructions to make certain people think your phone number has been disconnected.

Google Voice is fantastic in that all you have to do to make your number appear disconnected is simply block a phone number. To do this you can either …

  • Wait for the person to call or text you once so you can then proceed to block them.
  • Call or text them once so their number is in the Google Voice system so you can block them. If you call them it only has to ring once and then you can hang up.
  • Use a caller id spoofing service to call your Google Voice number with the phone number you wish to block showing up in your Google Voice account.

Here are a couple of reliable caller ID spoofing services online that are free and can be used to make the phone number appear in your Google Voice account, that you wish to have believe your phone has been disconnected:

Once the phone number of the person you want them to think your phone number is disconnected is in the Google Voice account, to block them:

  1. In either the Google Voice phone calls tab or text messages tab, click on the phone number you wish to appear disconnected.
  2. Look for the three vertical dots which is an options sub menu for that phone number. Click the three vertical dots to make the sub menu appear.
  3. Click Block Number.
  4. Repeat this process for any other phone numbers you want to make it look like your phone number has been disconnected.
  5. To really sell the idea your phone has been disconnected, you might want to also add phone number of friends and/or relatives of the person/people you wish to think your phone is no longer in service. That way if the person tries to call from one of these friends or relatives phone and they get the same phone disconnected message, they will then truly believe that your phone is disconnected.
Google Voice Block Number
Google Voice Block Number

When a person in your Google Voice blocked number list calls you, this is what they will hear:

Part 3: Know More about Using Message Blocking Facility

The message blocking feature is a great weapon for anyone who doesn’t want to receive messages from a specific number. All you have to do is simply block the contact and they won’t be able to send you text messages at all.

Let’s see how to block a contact in your regular Messages app on any Android device.

Step 1: Open the Message app on your device.

Step 2: Tap and hold the specific thread that you want to block.

Step 3: Click “Menu” and tap “Block” to instantly block the contact.

Understand chat status

To find your status, go to Settings   Connected: Chat features are ready to use with Chat features. The possible statuses are:

  • Connected: Chat features are ready to use with other people who have them turned on.
  • Setting up: Messages is verifying your phone number. If verification takes more than a few minutes, next to the status, tap Retry.
  • Disconnected: Chat features are temporarily unavailable. Check that you’re connected to the Internet.

Learn more about how to fix issues if you can’t turn on chat features.

Conclusion

It can be pretty annoying to see” message blocking is active” when you’re trying to send an important message to someone. While there’s an 80% chance that the recipient has blocked your contact, you can still try the above-mentioned solutions as several other reasons can also trigger the same error.

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