How to Make Your Number Private on Android

Make a call without displaying your digits

What to know

  • You can always use *67 to block your number, but there are other ways.
  • Most carriers have a Hide Number setting you can enable in their app.
  • If all else fails, call your carrier and ask them to hide your number.

This article walks you through a few different ways to make your number private so that when you call someone, your phone number isn't displayed on their caller ID.

A Quick No Caller ID Trick: *67

One of the quickest and easiest ways to hide your number from the person you're calling is to use the *67 trick when you're dialing. That will make your number register as 'Private' to the person you call. You'll have to do it for every call you want to make with a hidden number, but if you only need to hide your number now and then, this is a good option for keeping your number private.

Use the Hide Number No Caller ID Trick

Almost all Android devices on most mobile carriers offer the option of hiding your number by default, making it unnecessary to input *67 every time you call. Here's how to block your cell phone number using your phone's built-in Hide Number feature.

If you don't have the option to Hide Number after following the steps below, it's possible your carrier or device doesn't support it.

  1. Select the Phone (or Telephone) icon in your app menu or at the bottom of your device's home screen.

  2. Select the three-dot menu icon in the top-right of the window.

  3. Select Settings.

    Screenshots showing how to get to phone settings on Android.
  4. Select Calls.

  5. Select Additional settings (It could also be Supplementary settings).

    Screenshots of where to find Additional Settings in the Phone app on Android.
  6. When it's finished loading, select Caller ID.

  7. Select Hide Number from the pop-up menu.

    Screenshots of where to find the option to hide your phone number on an Android phone.

This no caller ID trick will make it so that your number never shows up when you ring someone. Instead, it will display as Blocked, Private, or No Caller ID. If you want your number to display again temporarily, you can preface the number you're calling with *82. Alternatively, if you want to turn off your number block, repeat the steps above, and at the last one, select Network Default or Show

Ask Your Carrier To Block Your Number Directly

If your device doesn't have the option to block your number directly, then you may need to ask your carrier to do it for you. Sometimes this can be completed with the official application.

If the above call blocking services don't support your device within the official apps, try contacting your carrier directly. They can usually block your ID for you.

Use a Burner Number

If none of the above no caller ID tricks work, you can buy a prepaid phone, often referred to as a burner or disposable number. Many paid-for services let you route your calls, texts, and picture messages through a temporary number.

Limitations to Hiding Your Phone Number

There are some calls that you can't hide your number from. Toll-free services and 911 emergency services will always be able to see your number, whatever you do. Some third-party applications can allow someone to get around any number obfuscation you put in place, so none of these methods are guaranteed.

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