How to Block Annoying Calls

Block annoying robocalls from politicians, advertisers, and others

Man on phone with exasperated look on his face

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Nothing is more frustrating than sitting down to Netflix and chill and the phone starts ringing. Who could it be? Mom? Dad? Nope, it’s one of those annoying robocalls! Are you tired of the constant robocalls from politicians, advertisers, and scam artists? Are you ready to do something about it?

Good. There are a few things you can do to help cut down on those annoying robocalls.

Put Your Name on the 'Do Not Call' Registry

The National Do Not Call Registry (for U.S. residents) should be your first stop on your quest to fight back against robocallers.

The Do Not Call Registry allows you to register all of your phone numbers and helps prevent telemarketers and other unwanted solicitors from calling these numbers. You can register landlines, as well as cell phones. Registering with this service should significantly cut down on the number of “SPAM calls” that you receive. Registration is completely free.

You can check to see if your number is on the list by using the “Verify My Registration” feature of the Do Not Call website.

If you aren’t a U.S. resident, check to see if your country offers a similar service. For example, if you’re in the UK you can register with the Telephone Preference Service which has an opt-out program that is similar to the U.S. Do Not Call Registry.

Use Nomorobo’s Free Robocall Blocking Service

If you’re wanting to cut down on Robocalls and your home phone service uses Voice Over IP (VoIP) technology to deliver your phone calls (and is on the list of supported providers), consider using Nomorobo (as in No More Robocalls). This free service is supposed to drastically reduce the number of robocalls you receive by answering the robocalls for you and then checking to see if they are on a list of blacklisted robocallers (or on a whitelist of legitimate services).

Check Nomorobo's website for an explanation of how it works as well as a list of supported carriers to see if you can take advantage of this innovative service.

Get a Google Voice Number and Use It With Nomorobo

Even if you don't have one of the providers listed, you may be able to port your phone number to a Google Voice number and then use it with Nomorobo or another call blocking/screening service. Check out the Google Voice Page to learn more about what a free Google Voice number can do for you.

Use Anonymous Call Rejection and Call Screening Features

Even if you don't have a provider that supports Nomorobo, you can use your phone company's call screening and anonymous call rejection features to help prevent robocalls from getting through to your phone. Check your provider's website to see if they offer these features. You can also use a blocking app on your smartphone.