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How to block a number in Android

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If you’re tired of calls from strangers or telemarketers at the most inopportune times, you may wantto learn how to block a number in Android. While blocking calls on an iPhone is simple, there are many different ways to block calls on Android smartphones, depending on the manufacturer. While some manufacturers bury blacklist features deep in the settings panel, older devices may not have a native call-blocking feature at all.Thankfully, there’s no shortage of ways to block calls on your Android device. Here, we’ll take a look at how to do it with your phone’s native features, and we’ll suggest a couple of Android apps that are worth considering. If neither of these options work, fear not —we’ve also provided information on how to block numbers through your carrier.

Blocking calls on an Android smartphone

The methods for doing this will vary slightly based on your specific device and the version of Android that you are using. Many tutorials exist for every Android device imaginable. Take a gander onYouTube or the XDA Developers Forumto find an option for your specific phone.There is no universal path for blocking contacts on Android smartphones, and it’s a feature that older versions of Android oddly omit. Thankfully, for people with phones like the Google Pixel 2or Google Pixel 2 XL,which run a stock version of Android later than 6.0 Marshmallow, you can easily block a call directly from the Phone app.

Blocking calls on a Pixel or Pixel 2

From the Googlephone apphow to block a number in android image 12When in the Phone app, tap theMore options icon (three dots stacked vertically)next to the microphone. Then selectSettings > Call Blockingand add the number you want to block. You can also go to Call history orRecent callsandtap the number you want to block, thenselect Block. Here, you can alsoReport call as spam.From the Android Messages apphow to block a number in android image 12Long pressa contact within the Messages app and tap the Block icon (circle with a line through it)in the upper-right corner. You can also tap theMore options icon (three dots stacked vertically)next to the magnifying glass, select Settings > Call blocking, and add the number you want to block.

Blocking calls on other stock Android phones

From the call logFrom the call log, you can disable incoming calls from specific numbers. Select the number you want to block, then hit More or the 3-dot menu icon in the upper-right corner and chooseAdd to reject list. This will disable incoming calls from specific numbers.From your contacts listIf there’s a particularly persistent relative, friend, or ex whose number you’ve saved, blocking them’s a cinch. Justpull up your contacts, select the person you’d like to block, and hit thelittle button in the right-hand corner that looks like a pencil. Then tap the three-dot menu icon in the upper-right corner and check the box next toAll Calls to Voicemail. Thatcontact’s calls will nowbe directed to your carrier’s voice inbox.From the settings menuOne of the most common options is to pull up your contact list by selecting the phone icon from your home screen. Then tap the three-dot menu and choose Settings > Call > Call Rejection > Auto Reject List > Create. At this point, Android phones will have a search box that’ll appear. Insert the phone number or name of the person you want to block, and presto, that name will be added to the Auto Reject List.

Blocking calls ona Samsung phone

Samsung Block NumberSamsung Block NumberSamsung Block NumberIf you have a Samsung Galaxy S9 Plusor another Samsung phone, it’s easy to block unwanted callers. Select the Phone icon on your home screen, tap the three-dot menu in the upper-right corner, and then tapSettings. You’ll findBlock numberslisted here — you can also use this menu to manage the numbers on your Block list. If you wish to automatically block unknown callers, simply toggle on the option for Block anonymous calls.You can also block numbers from your call log. To do so, open up Phone > Recents and tap a number or contact. You can then tap Details > Menu (three dots in the upper-right corner) > Block number, which will give youthe option to block the number in question.

Blocking calls on an HTCphone

HTC, much like Samsung, has integrated call blocking. To use it, open the Phone app on your home screen and navigate to Call history. Long press on the number you’d like to block and tap the option toBlock Contactor Block caller. You can review blocked contacts in the Phone app by tapping the menu icon at the top right (three vertical dots).

Blocking calls on an LGphone

LG has made it relatively simple to block numbers on its handsets, including the LG V30. To start, open the Phone app and navigate to the Call logs tab. Tap the number you want to block and then tap the three-dot menu in the upper-right corner. Select Block number from the drop-down menu.You can also review, add, or remove numbers from your list by opening the Phone app, navigating to the Call logs tab, and tappingthe three-dot menu in the upper-right corner. Select Call blocking & Decline with message > Blocked numbers.

Blocking calls with an Android app

If none of the other options suits you, or you just want a more user-friendly way of blocking calls on your phone, a third-party app may be your best bet. Here are a few solid options.

Should I Answer?

how to block a number in android image 12Should I Answer is not your average call blocker. It’s able to block specific numbers or all phone numbers except those inyour contact list, sure, but the real hook is its extensive database of known telemarketer, scammer, andpremium rate numbers. When you get a phone call, Should I Answershows a briefdescription and user reviews ofthe incoming number, plus the option to leave a rating of your own or add the number to a private block list.Should I Answer also features some of the most robust call-blocking features of any app in its category.It can automatically filtercalls from hidden numbers, premium numbers, foreign countries, and numbers below a certain reviewthreshold. Perhaps best of all, all of the aforementioned featureswork offline. The app saves a small copy of the ratings database locally.

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Safest Call Blocker

how to block a number in android image 12Safest Call Blocker features the usual array of call-blocking toggles — you can block all numbers from a custom blacklist, for example, and block all numbers that aren’t in your contacts — but you can also block a range of numbers using “wild cards.” Can’t stand the incessant 800 number offersfor “free” Hawaiian vacations?Add 1-800-###-#### to theblock list and you won’thear one ever again. Safest Call Blocker also notifies you when it blocks calls, and automatically keeps blocked numbers out of your call log.

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Mr. Number

how to block a number in android image 12This app bills itself as a free alternative text and calling app, with free messaging between members and real-time updates about when your messages have been read. It also happens to be a powerful call- and text-blocking app for Android. You can block specific numbers or you can block entire area codes. Thanks to user-submitted info on telemarketers and other spam, it’s easy to create a block list that will protect you from cold calls.

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Call Control

how to block a number in android image 12Here’s another Android call blocker with a big list of user-submitted spam numbers that you can automatically block. This one also ties in with the Federal Communications Commission’sDo Not Call registry. You can decide which calls get blocked and exactly how they are handled with this versatile app. You get a free 14-day trial of the full app before it reverts to a limited “Lite” version unless you cough up $8 dollars.

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Contacting your carrier

Most major carriers can block calls to your device. Verizon offers this service for free, as doesSprint. There are a few limitations — for instance, Verizon only allows you to block up tofive lines and you’ll have to reblock lines every 90 days. If you’re willing to pay $5 per month, you can block up to 20 contacts through Verizon Smart Family. If you wantAT&T to block unwanted numbers, you’ll need to cough up $5 a month for Smart Limits. T-Mobile offers number blocking through the Family Allowances service for $5 per month.

Other options for blocking calls

There are a ton of other Android apps designed specifically for blocking calls, but take time to read reviews carefully and do your homework before opting for an alternative. Many of these apps conflict with antivirus apps, if not one another.Speaking of Android security apps, if you have Avast Mobile Security already installed, there’s an option for filtering calls and SMS messages that allows you to block specific contacts.


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