4 Ways to Turn off Flash Messages in iPhone (2024)

While there is no doubt that flash messages can be helpful, they are incredibly annoying. So, if you no longer want to bear with the never-ending alerts, I can feel your frustration and the desire to put an end to it for good. No worries! This quick guide has got you covered with step-by-step instructions to turn off flash messages on iPhone in 2024.

Disable Flash SMS on iPhone (Works for Vodafone Idea, Jio, Airtel)

Before going ahead, let’s briefly understand flash SMS for better understanding!

What is a Flash SMS and How Does It Work?

For those unfamiliar, a flash SMS is a message that shows up immediately on the recipient’s mobile screen, even without them needing to open the message inbox. Yeah, you read that right! A user doesn’t have to take any action to read the flash message.

Notably, a flash alert automatically disappears for good when a recipient dismisses it. As a result, all evidence of the text is eliminated after the initial alert, therefore, no content from the text can ever be accessed or viewed once the message is gone.

Talking about the security of a flash SMS, the technology is considered to be safe as it does not present any virus threat.

1. Disable Flash SMS from Cellular Setting on iPhone

The most reliable way to turn off flash SMS on iOS is to use the cellular setting.

  • Go to the Settings app on your iPhone -> Mobile/Cellular Data -> SIM Applications.
  • Now, tap on options like Airtel Live, Vodafone Now, etc as per your network provider.
  • After that, tap on Start/Stop and hit Stop to confirm the action.
Turn off Flash SMS Works for Vodafone Idea Jio Airtel

And that’s about it! You will now get a confirmation that the flash messages have been successfully disabled.

2. Call Your Cellular Network Provider

If you are still getting flash messages on your iPhone, call your cellular network provider and ask them to disable them with immediate effect.

  • BSNL: 1800 180 1503
  • Vodafone Idea: 198
  • Airtel: 121
  • Reliance Jio: 198

3. Update Carrier Settings

No solution as yet? Should the flash SMS persist, try updating the carrier setting. More often than not, carrier providers deliver updates to improve performance and also fix bugs.

  • Go to the Settings app -> General -> About. If there is a carrier setting update available, you will get a popup to update it.
Disable Flash SMS from Cellular Setting on iPhone

4. Update Your iPhone

Should the flash messages continue to bombard you, why not try updating your iPhone? If the problem still persists even after you have taken all the measures, updating the software might help as most updates come loaded with a plethora of bug fixes and performance improvements.

  • On your iPhone, head over to the Settings app -> General -> Software Update -> Download and Install iOS 17 or the latest available software update.

Keep the Annoying Flash SMS at Bay…

And that’s about it! So, that’s how you can get rid of the flash messages on your iOS device. Hopefully, these tips have worked perfectly and you are no longer bothered by the random alerts.

Read more: 7 Ways to Fix Notification Center Not Showing on iPhone in iOS 16

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Rajesh Mishra

Co-founder/Editor-in-Chief: Rajesh Mishra (Your beloved “R.K” 360 Reader Voice) is a Shakespearean poet at heart who turned a tech nerd while having a secret rendezvous with iPhone 4. When that rendezvous turned obsession, he let go of his hard-core political journalism in favour of the lifelong love-affair with technology. In a career spanning one and a half decades, Mr. Mishra has crafted over 8K articles and around 2K YouTube videos. He is probably the only journalist alive with this unique achievement. When he is not at his desk, you may find him either engrossed in a Deathmatch or chasing Wordsworth!

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