How to Block Calls On Your Android Phone

Block known phone numbers from calling your phone

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The call blocking feature on your smartphone allows you to stop unwanted calls from annoying you. You can block them either by setting off the notification mechanism on your phone or by dealing with the notification in a way that's smart and convenient way for you.  

How to Block Numbers on Your Android Phone

Android phones do differ in specific steps, but the most common steps are listed here.

Option 1: Go through your phone's Settings to set up a rejection list.

  1. Tap Apps
  2. Select Settings
  3. Tap Calls.
  4. Tap Call Rejection

This section allows you to set up a rejection list where you input the numbers from which you don't want to receive calls. You can also set some messages that certain callers receive upon rejection. 

Option 2: Use Recent Contacts in your phone app

  1. Open the Phone app
  2. Under Recent Contacts, tap the number or contact you want to block. 
  3. Tap Details (sometimes called Information).
  4. Tap the vertical three dots on the screen, typically located at the top of the screen.  
  5. Select Block Number. (To unblock a number, use this process and select Unblock Number instead.)

Option 3: Use Contacts in your phone app

  1. Open the Phone app
  2. Under Contacts, open the contact you want to block. 
  3. Tap Details (sometimes called Information).
  4. Tap the vertical three dots on the screen, typically located at the top of the screen.  
  5. Select Block Contact. (To unblock a number, use this process and select Unblock Number instead.)

Need to Block Calls On Your iPhone?

On the iPhone, you have several options. Follow these detailed instructions depending upon your iPhone version. 

Where to Find Call Blocking Apps

If you want more control over how you block calls, there are a number of apps that you can install on your phone. Most of the call blocking apps for smartphones are free and quite powerful with many features. Hiya, for example, is very easy to use. You can find dozens of apps like Hiya on Google Play

Why Block Numbers? 

The answer to this simple question may constitute a very long list, and certainly stands as a solution to a problem that harasses many people. Due to unwanted calls, many people have had to change their phone numbers, and so many others miss out on important calls. Reasons for considering call blocking include: 

  • Your peace is disrupted with unwanted calls, from telemarketers among others. You may be deprived of your sleep or be disturbed in a meeting or some other important and private activity with a call that is really not worth it.
  • You get harassed by people who should not have your number but who unfortunately do. Call blocking allows you to shut them off instead of having you change your number.
  • You want to handle your calls in a smarter way that allows you to make a more optimal use of your time. For instance, you may also divert some calls to voicemail, reply to some other with messages, and channel yet some others to other numbers (this feature is called call forwarding).