Have an ex who won’t stop calling you? Are telemarketers bothering you? Are robocalls driving you insane?
These are just some of the reasons you might want to block a phone number from calling you.
Below, we show you how you can easily block phone numbers on both Android and iPhone – and one feature that every phone should have to keep unwanted calls at bay:
How To Block A Phone Number On An Android Phone
Most Android phones have built-in call blocking features, though the steps vary from phone-to-phone.
Blocking Calls On A Samsung Phone
Since Samsung takes the cake when it comes to Android phone manufacturers, many of you Android users will likely need to follow these steps for blocking calls:
1. Tap the Phone app.
2. Tap More in the top-right corner, then tap Settings
3. Tap Call blocking
4. Tap Block list
5. From here you can block numbers by typing in the number or tapping to choose a contact or recent caller.
6. You also have the option to Block anonymous calls by switching the toggle.
For all other Android phone users, you should be able to find call-blocking in your phone’s settings.
How To Block A Phone Number On An iPhone
iPhone users can block calls in a couple of ways:
Blocking A Recent Caller
1. Tap the Phone app
2. Tap Recents at the bottom
3. Find the number you want to block and tap the “i with a circle around it” (information) icon next to it
4. Scroll down and tap Block this Caller
Blocking Someone In Your Contacts
1. Tap the Settings app
2. Tap Phone
3. Tap Call Blocking & Identification
4. Tap Block Contact… This will bring up your contacts list. Simply select all the people you want to block
Note: If you want to block someone who’s texting you, you’ll have to add that number as a contact first, then proceed with the steps above.
To add a contact from a text message, tap on the information icon within the message, tap the number, then tap Create New Contact. Now, you can block that contact.
For Any Phone: Use A Reverse Phone Lookup App
Do you receive calls from numbers you don’t recognize? You’re not the only one. Robocalls are on the rise and unfortunately aren’t slowing down. You probably want to block those too, don’t you? But wait!
Before you block a number on the assumption that it’s a robocall when it could possibly be a distant relative or old friend trying to get in touch or reconnect, find out who that number belongs to.
You may uncover the name of the owner, see where the number is from, and then potentially find out more details such as the owner’s age, addresses, social media profiles, and additional contact information.
With these methods of defense literally in your hands, you never should be bothered by unwanted callers.
Ah, the silence… It’s golden, isn’t it?