How to Block a Number on LG

Block unwanted calls and texts on your LG smartphone

Incoming calls and texts from spammers or blocked numbers can ruin your day. Fortunately your LG phone has a few ways of dealing with this. It's easy to block unwanted calls and texts using tools built right in to your phone's software.

It's important to note that blocking calls from a number also blocks texts and vice versa. Blocked text messages are sequestered in a "blocked box," so you can still retrieve them if you need them or change your mind. We'll show you how to block calls and texts, how to unblock them, and how to locate sequestered texts.

How to Block Calls From Your Call History

The easiest and most common way to block a phone number is from your call history. Locate the number that called you and tap it. Tap the menu button in the upper right corner > Block number

Number in Call logs, Three dot menu, Block number button on LG phone

How to Block Calls on an LG Phone From Settings

If you want to add a number or a set of numbers before they call you, there are three call blocking features found in your dialer. Open your dialer and tap the menu button > Call settings > Call blocking & Decline with message.

Call settings, Call blocking & Decline with message

Here, you'll find three options:

  • Blocked numbers: You can enter a new number by tapping the "+" symbol, then add a number from your contacts, call logs, or a new number altogether.
  • Digit filter: This blocks calls based on the first or last digits of an incoming phone call. Tap the "+", then select the condition (starts with or ends with), then the numbers. Then, tap Block.
  • Private numbers: This toggle is a simple on or off that will prevent incoming calls from private numbers if turned on. Private numbers are those that have been intentionally blocked by the caller.

How to Block Messages From Your Messaging History

Similar to blocking calls, you can block text messages from your message history or from Messaging settings. 

  1. Tap a message you want to block. 

  2. Tap the menu button.

  3. Tap Block number.

  4. Place a checkmark if you want to delete all messages from this number, then tap Block.

    Menu button, Block number and Block confirmation button on LG phone

How to Block Messages From Messaging Settings

You can also block numbers from the main messaging app menu. From your Messaging app, tap the menu button in the upper right corner, then tap Settings > Message blocking

Settings, Message blocking options

Like with call block settings, you'll find several options here:

  • Blocked numbers: Here you can enter a new number by tapping the "+" symbol, then add a number from your contacts, call logs, or a new number altogether.
  • Digit filter: This blocks messages based on the first or last digits of an incoming phone call. Tap the "+", then select the condition (starts with or ends with), then the numbers. Then, tap Block.
  • Word filter: This allows you to block incoming messages from anyone based on keywords. 
  • Block unknown number: This toggle is a simple on or off that will prevent incoming messages from unknown numbers if turned on. This is not recommended because companies that send confirmation texts for things like logins may be blocked
  • Blocked box: This is where blocked messages get sequestered. If you want to retrieve a blocked text, this is where you go.

How to Unblock a Number on LG

If you decide you no longer want to block a number, or numbers that start or end with certain digits, here how to unblock the number:

  1. Open your dialer.

  2. Tap the menu > Call settings > Call blocking & decline with message.

  3. Tap either Blocked numbers or Digit filter (depending on which you want to remove).

  4. At the top of the list, tap the garbage can icon, and you'll be able to delete any or all of the entries.

Similarly for messages, tap the menu button in the upper right corner, then tap Settings > Message blocking. From here, tap Blocked numbers, Digit filter or Word filter. Remove the number or keyword you want to open up again and you'll be set.

Trash can icons in Blocked numbers, Digit filter, and Word filter on LG phone

Other Options

Different carriers and third-party apps also have services that make call and text blocking possible. Your mileage may vary with other apps and services, but LG's built in options should cover most use cases.