How to Hide Your Number With *67

Make calls anonymously with the vertical service code

What to Know

  • Enter *67 before dialing a number to hide your number from the recipient of the call.
  • Alternate method for Android: Tap Phone > three-dot menu > Settings > Calls > Additional Settings > Caller ID > Hide number.
  • Alternate method for iPhone: Tap Settings > Phone > Show My Caller ID. Turn off the Show My Caller ID toggle switch.

This article explains how to hide your number with *67 when you make calls on a smartphone and includes information on hiding your number using the settings on an Android phone or iPhone.

How to Use *67 on an Android Phone

You can prevent your number from appearing on a recipient's phone or caller ID device when you place a call. On either your traditional landline or mobile smartphone, just dial *67 followed by the number you want to call. The person you're calling only sees a message such as "blocked" or "private number" when their phone rings.

*67 does not work when you call toll-free numbers or emergency numbers.

While using *67 works on smartphones, it must be entered each time you dial a number. Most cellular carriers offer a way to block your number on all outgoing calls using the Android or iOS device settings.

How to Hide Your Number on an Android Phone

Use settings to hide your number while using an Android phone:

  1. Tap the Phone icon, usually found toward the bottom of the screen.

  2. Locate the Search bar on the Phone interface and tap the three vertically aligned dots found within it to display a drop-down menu.

  3. Select Settings from the drop-down menu.

  4. Tap the Calls section.

    Phone icon, Settings, and Calls in Android Phone app settings
  5. Tap Additional settings.

  6. Tap Caller ID.

  7. Tap Hide number when the pop-out interface is displayed.

    Additional settings, Caller ID, and Hide number in Android Phone app settings

How to Hide Your Number on an iPhone

To hide your number when you use an iPhone:

  1. Tap the Settings icon on your device's Home screen.

  2. Scroll down in the Settings interface and select Phone.

  3. Tap Show My Caller ID in the Calls section.

  4. If the button on the Show My Caller ID screen is in the green on position, tap it once so that it turns white, which is the off position. Your outgoing calls will now display with the message "No Caller ID" in place of your phone number.

    Phone, Show My Caller ID, and toggle ON in iOS Settings

Why Use *67?

Now a common feature on most home phones and virtually all mobile devices, caller ID gives us the ability to screen calls and avoid annoying friends or pesky telemarketers. An obvious downside to this functionality is that anonymity when placing a call is now a thing of the past. Fortunately, vertical service codes like *67 can come in handy if you need to call people who you don't necessarily want to call you back. For example, if you need to call a business client after work hours from your personal phone, you might not want them to have that number. Just keep in mind that some people choose to block hidden or private numbers from calling them automatically, in which case your call won't go through if you use *67.

How to Use Other Popular Vertical Service Codes

The following vertical service codes work with most popular providers. Check with your phone company if a particular code is not working as expected.

  • *60: Provides the ability to block a specific number.
  • *66: Continuously dials a busy number until the line becomes free.
  • *69: Useful from a landline that does not have caller ID, this code dials the last number that called you.
  • *70: Temporarily deactivates the call waiting feature.
  • *72: Enables call forwarding on a landline.
  • *77: Enables anonymous call rejection, which only allows incoming calls from people who reveal their number.
  • Can you hide your number when texting?

    Yes. To send anonymous texts on an iPhone, go to Settings > Phone > Show My Caller ID, and tap the slider to turn this feature off. On an Android, go to the Phone app and keypad; select More (three dots) > Settings > Call Settings. Tap Caller ID > Hide Caller. You can also use SMS gateways, which only require an email address.

  • How do I block a number on an iPhone?

    To block a number on an iPhone, launch the Phone app and tap the Recent tab to show recent calls. Find the number you want to block and tap the i. Select Block This Caller > Block Contact. Or go to your Contacts, tap a contact, and tap Block This Caller.

  • How do I block a number on Android?

    To block a number on Android, you'll have to see if blocking is possible with your carrier. Launch the Phone app and find the number you want to block. (On a Samsung phone, tap Details.) If your carrier supports blocking, you'll see an option to Block number or Reject call.

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