There are few things as unpleasant as strangers call our cell phones for advertising purposes two, three and even four times is on the same day. And although on multiple occasions you ask to stop, there are companies that insist on calling your cell phone to offer services and products. If you are tired, we will tell you everything you need to know to block a number from any phone.
Although you can also have the help of your phone company, there will always be different ways to avoid those unwanted calls. Please read this guide carefully of all the methods you can use.
Blocking a call on Android devices
Blocking a call on an Android smartphone is slightly more complicated than on Apple devices. The Android operating system gives different manufacturers the freedom to customize it their way, which means that the steps to block numbers can vary a little depending on the model.
Block a call on Android Stock or Android One
If you are using a phone running Android Stock or part of the Android One program, you have three options to block calls.
One of them is to open the application Telephone and touch the icon of the three points, located in the upper right corner of the screen. Choose Settings> Blocked numbers and add the number you want to block.
You can also block calls by opening the application Telephone and playing Recent. Choose the number you want to block by tapping on it and selecting Block / Report as spam.
You can also block a number from the Android Messages app. Just open the app and touch and hold the contact you want to block. Once you select it, tap the icon Blocking (circle with a line through it) at the top right of the screen.
Block a call on a Samsung phone
Call blocking on a Samsung is much like stock phones.
There are two ways to block the number on a Samsung device. If you want to enter the number you want to block, open the application Telephone and select the icon Menu (there are three points). Tap Settings> Blocked numbers and add the number and voila! You can also block unknown numbers from this menu, just by checking the option Block unknown calls.
The second option is to block calls from your recent calls list. For that, touch Phone> Recent. Select the number you want to block and tap the icon Menu and later Block unknown calls.
Block a call on an LG phone
Compared to other Android smartphone manufacturers, the process of blocking numbers on LG is pretty easy. To do so, simply open the application Telephone and click on the tab Call logs. Select the number you want to block and tap the icon Menu (three dots) in the upper right corner, and then Block number, which will appear in the drop-down menu.
If you want to check or delete numbers from your block list, open the application Telephoneplay Call logs and then the icon of Menu (three points). Then select Call blocking and Reject with message> Blocked numbers.
Block a call on an HTC phone
When it comes to blocking calls on an HTC smartphone, the experience is quite similar to that of an Android.
If you want to block a call on an HTC phone, just open the app Telephone and go to the tab Call History. Press and hold the number you want to block, and select Block contact or Block call. To review the numbers you have blocked, simply touch the icon Menu in the app Telephone.
Block a call on a Huawei phone
Do you want to block a call on a Huawei smartphone? Things are a little different. Huawei offers two ways to block calls.
If you want to block a specific contact, tap Telephone and select the icon Contacts. Find the contact you want to blacklist and tap the icon Plus, located at the bottom of the screen. Then press Blacklist.
You can also choose to block numbers through the application Phone manager. To block a call, touch Phone Manager> Block. Then select the icon Gear in the upper right corner and press Blacklist numbers> Add.
Block a call using third-party applications
If none of these options works for you, don’t worry, there are still other options available that you can try. See how to block a number on Android, for information on third-party applications that can help you manage unwanted calls.
Blocking a call on an iPhone
Blocking calls through an iPhone is fairly straightforward. If you’re using iOS 7 or later (and it probably is), you can follow these steps to block voice calls, text messages, and FaceTime.
Open the menu Setting. Then touch Telephone if you are using iOS 11 or later, or select General> Telephone in previous versions. Choose Calls> Call & ID Blocking> Block Contact. After this step, you can block calls from anyone in your contact list.
If the number you want to block is not a known contact, there is another option available. Just open the app Telephone and play Recent. From here, tap the icon i next to the number you want to block and then Block this person.
If you are using an older version of iOS, things might work something else. We suggest you review how to block calls from an iPhone for more detailed instructions.
Blocking a call through your operator
Verizon offers postpaid customers two options to block calls. The first option allows you to block up to five numbers for a period of 90 days or less.
To use this option, log in to your Verizon account and go to the Blocks page. Select the corresponding line and go to Block calls and messages. Click this and enter the number you want to block. Tap save.
If you don’t want to re-block those numbers every 90 days or simply have more numbers that you want to banish, we recommend that you check the Verizon Smart Family Premium option, which although it is worth $ 10 a month, offers permanent blocking of up to 20 numbers as well as other more advanced blocking features.
AT&T offers two services to block calls: AT&T Call Protect and AT&T Call Protect Plus. Services are part of applications AT&T Call Protect (iOS and Android).
AT&T Call Protect allows you to manually block numbers from the AT&T Call Protect app. This service is free, however, you cannot block unknown numbers.
If you need more flexibility, AT&T offers AT&T Call Protect Plus for $ 4 a month. With AT&T Call Protect Plus, you can block unknown numbers and select different methods to handle the calls that you have blocked.
Unlike other operators, Sprint allows you to block numbers quite easily. To block a number, log into your account My Sprint. Choose My Sprint> Permissions> Block voice. Tap Block only the following phone numbers for incoming and outgoing calls. Enter the number you want to block, then select Number> Save.
Unless you are on a family plan, T-Mobile does not offer a way to block calls through the operator. However, if you are on a family plan, you can add Family’s asignations, a service that allows you to block numbers for a small monthly fee.
To block numbers on T-Mobile, log into your account My T-Mobile as the primary account holder. Choose Profile followed by Family controls. Choose Family Allowances> Manage and select the appropriate number in your plan and enter the number you want to block.
Add your number to the National Registry “Do not Call”
If you receive calls from many unknown numbers, it may be time to add your number to the Federal Trade Commission’s National Do not Call (or Do Not Call) Registry. To add your number, simply go to DoNotCall.gov and sign up. You can add up to three numbers at a time, but you will need to add an email address to confirm your registration.
Although FTC will regularly add your number within 24 hours, it may take up to a month for service and product promoters to stop calling. If you continue to receive unwanted calls after 31 days, you can file a complaint with the FTC.
* Updated by Rodrigo Orellana on June 26, 2020.