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How to Block Phone Numbers on Android

There are various reasons one would want to block a phone number. Perhaps you’re tired of calls from sales and marketing organizations. When blocking phone numbers becomes a necessity, let us help you with these 3 simple methods.

Please note that some phones might have slightly different steps to follow – but they should be similar to what we present here.

Method 1 – How to block numbers using built-in settings

How to block a phone number on Stock Android smartphone

Method 1

    1. Go to the Phone App and long press the number you want to block.
    2. Select Block.

Method 2

  1. Go to Settings and select Call Blocking.
  2. Add the numbers you want to block.*For the Xiaomi phones you’ll have to go to Settings -> System Apps -> Call Settings -> Blocklist.

How to block a phone number on Samsung Phone

  1. Go to the Phone App.
  2. Select the number you want to block and press “More”.
  3. Select “Add to Auto-Reject List”.

How to block a phone number on LG Phone

  1. Go to the Phone App.
  2. Press the 3 dot Icon.
  3. Go to Call Settings and select Reject Calls.
  4. Tap the “+” button and add the number.

How to block a phone number on HTC Phone

  1. Go to the Dialer App.
  2. Press and hold the phone number.
  3. Select Block Contact and then press OK.

You can remove a blocked contact with the People app.

Method 2 – How to block a phone number using 3rd party apps

How to block phone numbers with Mr. Number

  1. Go to Google Play store and Install the app.
  2. Read and Accept Terms and Conditions, then press “Get Started”.
  3. Press Block List then the “+” to add numbers.

How to block phone numbers with Call Blocker

  1. Go to Google Play store and install the app.
  2. Go to Blacklist and press “+” to add numbers.

How to block phone numbers with Calls Blacklist

  1. Go to Google Play store and install the app.
  2. Go to Blacklist, select what you want to block (Calls, SMS or both) and press the “+” to add numbers.

How to block phone numbers with Should I Answer?

  1. Go to Google Play store and install the app.
  2. Read and accept Terms and Conditions, then press Continue and give the necessary permissions.
  3. Swipe left (Go to Your Ratings) and press “+” to add numbers. You can also give ratings, nicknames, and commentaries to your contacts.

Residing in the US?

Below are a few options on how to block numbers using options from various carriers:

Verizon

Through your Desktop

  1. Sign in to My Verizon and go to the Blocks page, then select the lines you want to block calls on if you have more than one.
  2. Click Block Calls&Messages. Enter the number you want to block and click Save.

Through the Verizon App

  1. Open the app and tap the Navigation Menu.
  2. Tap Devices.
  3. Tap Manage, and then Controls.
  4. Tap Call & Message Blocking and then enter your password.
  5. Tap Add Number, then enter the number you want to block.
  6. Tap Block Number.

AT&T

  1. Open the AT&T app and enter your number.
  2. Tap Continue and enter the 6-digit pin that you were texted.
  3. Tap Verify and accept the Terms and Conditions.
  4. Manage the numbers in your block list on the page that pops up.

Sprint

Through Desktop

  1. Sign into your account and click My Preferences.
  2. Check under Limitation and Permissions and click Block Voice.
  3. Select the number you want to block and choose from the blocking preferences available.
  4. Enter the number you want to block.
  5. Click Add Number and then Save.

My Spring App

  1. Open the App and go to Settings.
  2. Tap Call+SMS Filter.
  3. Turn Block Calls on.
  4. Find the number you want to block and tap and hold until new options appear.
  5. Tap Block Number and then OK.

Do Not Call Registry

  1. Go to the WebSite or call 888-382-122.The number you added will be blocked within 24 hours. However, it could take up to 31 days for the calls to stop.

 

Questions people ask

How do I block a number that reads “Unknown” or “private”?

Go to your phone’s Settings and find the Block Anonymous Calls option. This is the common route, but depending on the type of smartphone you own, they might differ slightly.

Can I block messages the same as phone calls?

When you block a number, the person owning that number will not be able to contact you, either through calling or texts. Usually, there is no need for extra steps in order to also block the incoming texts from a phone number.

How do I know if someone blocked my number?

If you hear just one ring before your call goes straight to voice mail, most probably you were blocked. Also, if you get unusual messages when sent to voicemail, like “The number you are calling is temporarily out of service/ not accepting calls right now/ unavailable”, then chances are you’re blocked.

Tips, Warnings, and Disclaimers

  • Be careful with 3rd party apps, as they have access to your contacts and data, and usually, require additional permissions.
  • Most 3rd party apps have to run in the background to work, so you might need to disable your battery saver.
  • Make sure your Android OS is up to date, as many old versions don’t support call blocking.

Verdict: Blocking numbers on an Android phone is easy peasy!

Whether you want to keep it simple and use your phones’ built-in options, go for a third party app to make things easier or what that phone number permanently blocked and go to your carrier, one of those three methods is sure to have solved your problem!

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