How to Stop Robocalls

Use these tips to block annoying spam calls

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If you've ever wondered how to block robocalls from telemarketers that interrupt you during all ours of the day, you have a number of effective options. These range from using features on your phone, options offered by your phone carrier, or using robocall blocker apps.

Before you start looking for advanced options to stop robocalls, your best option is always to start with the National Do Not Call List.

National Do Not Call List

The National Do Not Call List website should be your first stop in your battle to stop robocalls. This is because there are national laws that protect you from being harassed by these calls. All you have to do is get your phone number on the list, and you're legally protected.

Screenshot of Do Not Call website

There are three main functions you can use on this page:

  • Report Unwanted Calls: If you receive an automated telemarketing call, you can report the robocall here for the authorities to pursue legal charges against the marketer.
  • Verify Your Registration: If you've already registered your number, you can use this tool to confirm it's still on the list.
  • Register Your Phone: You can use this tool to register your phone number for the first time.

Registering your phone on the Do Not Call list is as simple as filling out a simple form with your phone numbers and your email address.

Screenshot of registering a number on the Do No Call list

Once you're done, you'll receive an email with a confirmation link. Click it to complete the registration.

The Do Not Call Registry list is effective at stopping robocalls for both mobile numbers and landlines as well.

Carrier Blocking Options

Once you've registered your number with the Do Not Call list, there are additional steps you can take to further protect yourself from robocalls.

If you want to know how to stop robocalls on your cell phone, the best way is to turn to your cellular carrier. Setting up blocking through your carrier is one of the most effective methods because the incoming robocall gets diverted before it ever even gets to your phone.

  1. Go through your recent calls on your phone and make note of all the telemarketer robocalls you've received.

  2. Locate the area in your online account where you can manage your plan features. Usually this is under the Plan menu. Look for Blocks or Blocked Numbers in the menu.

    Screenshot of Plan features in a cellular account
  3. In the Blocked Numbers form, you can enter all of the robocall phone numbers you want to block, one at a time.

    Screenshot of entering robocall numbers to block

Many carriers limit the number of numbers you can block, so reserve this option for the robocall telemarketers who contact you the most frequently.

Phone Blocking Options

If you want to know how to stop robocalls on a cell phone beyond the block number limit imposed by your cellular company, you can turn to the blocking features available on your phone itself.

Blocking Robocalls on Android

Your Android comes with a built in feature as part of the default phone app. You can add as many phone numbers to the block list as you want. This will block incoming calls from those numbers.

  1. Open the phone app on your Android phone. Tap the three dots to open the menu and select Settings.

    Screenshot of Android phone app settings
  2. In the phone app settings, select Blocked Numbers.

    Screenshot of Blocked Settings in Android phone app
  3. In the blocked numbers window, select Add a Number to add any number to the blocked numbers list in your phone.

    Screenshot of adding a new blocked number to the Android blocked list
  4. You can add an unlimited number of phone numbers to your blocked list using this approach.

Blocking Robocalls on iOS

You can block robocalls on your iOS from inside the phone app as well. There are two ways to do this. You can block existing contacts, or you can block numbers that aren't in your contacts list.

To block calls from unknown callers:

  1. Open the phone app on your iPhone and tap Recents from the bottom menu.

  2. Press the blue i icon on the right side of the phone number you want to block and tap Block this Caller.

    Screenshot of blocking a robocall on iOS
  3. You'll need to confirm that you want to block the number. Once you do, you can confirm it's on the list by opening your iPhone Settings and tapping Phone, then tap Call Blocking & Identification

    Screenshot of blocking a contact on iPhone
  4. This is also where you can tap Block Contact to block anyone on your contacts list if you want to.

As you can see, it's very easy to block numbers on your mobile phone, whether you use an Android or an iPhone.

Third-Party Robocall Blocker Apps

In addition to the native phone apps on your mobile phone for blocking robocalls, there are also third-party apps that can help you do that as well.

The following are some of the best apps for stopping these nuisance calls.

  • Call Blocker by Caller.Live is focused on letting you block robocalls easily. You can import numbers from your call log history to block, or you can type in phone numbers manually. The call log feature actually identifies suspect spam callers with low to medium risk ratings. This should help you fine tune your blocked calls list to filter only the numbers that are actually robocalls.
  • Call Blocker by AndroidRock is a solution filled with more features than most. You can block individual numbers from your call log, or you can manually type numbers you want to block. In addition to this, you can configure the app to mass-block certain robocalls like any incoming call from a private number. It also lets you white list specific phone numbers (like family members) so that they'l never get blocked.
  • Whoscall (Android & iPhone) is a caller ID and blocking app that's a Google Play Editor's Pick . This app has the Editor's Pick status for good reason. It not only provides you with the ability to block specific numbers, but it also adds an enhanced caller ID feature to your phone app. This caller ID features identifies incoming numbers so it's easier to decide whether or not you want to answer a call. Blocking is as simple as long-pressing on the number in the call log and tapping Block.
  • Mr. Call Blocker lets you block calls from your calls log, your contacts library, or manually, based on phone number or name. It also offers advanced features that other robocall blocker apps don't, including blocking private numbers, unknown numbers, whitelisting family and friends, or even blocking all calls for when you're busy and don't want to be disturbed. However, it does have more nuisance ads than other call blocker apps.
  • Free Call Blocker by creators.co is one of the simplest robocall blocker apps available. Just tap the phone plus icon on the main screen to manually add a new number to block. In addition to this simple feature, you can also block all calls, block contacts, or block numbers in your call log. In addition, this app has a quick setting where you can cancel all blocks quickly if you need to.
  • Calls Blocker is an app that lets you organize blocked calls by name. Manually add numbers and include a nickname when you add them. You can receive notifications when calls have been blocked. In addition, you can import or export your blacklists, which lets you easily transfer your blocked robocalls from one phone to another.
  • Stop Call Me is known as a community call blocker. It's called this because the app includes a cloud-based community database that contains known robocall numbers. The app will download the complete database of known robocall numbers and add them to your blacklist. The settings area of the app is particularly advanced. You'll see the ability to customize call blocking behaviors and notifications, as well as enabling or disabling the community call list blocking feature.

Any one of these apps will make your mobile phone experience much more enjoyable. You no longer have to deal with unwanted calls from unknown or private robocallers. These apps will block them all, and leave you in peace.