When Klaviyo removes SMS consent automatically

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Learn when Klaviyo will automatically remove consent from an SMS subscriber.

Times when SMS consent is removed automatically

Usually, someone is automatically unsubscribed from SMS for the following reasons:   

Subscriber opted out via a keyword

The most common reason why Klaviyo will remove SMS consent is when the subscriber opts out using one of the following keywords: 

  • STOP
  • END
  • QUIT

At this point, the subscriber clearly communicated that they no longer wish to receive SMS messages from your brand. Thus, Klaviyo will make sure no new texts can be sent to this number until that individual resubscribes. 

Subscriber changed numbers or providers

Wireless carriers each have their own list of customers. The list is updated when someone: 

  • Gets a new number
  • Leaves that wireless carrier 

When either of these situations happens, consent for that number no longer applies — regardless of whether someone changes or keeps their number when they switch providers. Since carriers don’t track when someone gets a new number, continuing to send to someone after they change providers puts you at risk of messaging someone who wasn’t the original subscriber and who never opted in. 

As of September 2021, once a day, Klaviyo will automatically remove consent for any profile who was either removed from their original carrier’s list or has a new number. This way, you don’t risk breaking compliance laws by sending to someone who didn’t subscribe. 

If this is the case, you’ll see the unsubscribe reason listed as:

  • Carrier Deactivation

Klaviyo detects a landline number

If anyone adds a landline number to a sign-up form or you try to import a landline number, Klaviyo will automatically remove consent. This way, you won't waste credits sending to a number that can't receive SMS messages.

  • Landline detected


Wireless carriers block a message

This case typically only applies to toll-free numbers after someone opts out and then tries to opt back in. 

If one of your subscribers texted STOP to unsubscribe, they must use UNSTOP or START to resubscribe. If your customer tries to resubscribe using any other method (e.g., a sign-up form), wireless carriers won't deliver your messages. 

In this case, Klaviyo receives a Message Blocked error from the carriers, and will remove SMS consent from that profile.  

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