This last Saturday, at 9:29 AM, we got an exciting text from a number we don’t know, informing me that “President Trump new Education Money program is applicable.” A week before it was “We desire to get you into reliable auto.” And if we had any doubts about the authenticity of those texts and what they promised, the senders also followed it up with phone calls on a daily basis. It’s reached the point that if we don’t recognize the number, we simply hang up on them.
These texts and phone calls can persist for months. They are made with minimal effort on the part of the sender, as they can be pre-recorded and autodialed. Most of the top five phone service providers can provide resources to manage unwanted calls and texts, but we’ll give you several options here in the form of apps. All non-emergency robocalls require your permission to be made to your wireless phone, and telemarketing calls may be prevented by joining the Do Not Call Registry.
Best Android Call and Text Blockers
Calls Blacklist – Call Blocker – Free with In-app Purchases
With this app, you can block both unwanted calls and texts. You have the option of blocking certain numbers that you know are spam or all numbers that are not in your contacts. You can create a blacklist where you can add numbers and, of course, you can whitelist them if you wish to do so.
- Schedule time to block texts or calls
Hiya – Caller ID & Block – Free with In-app Purchases
This app has all the features you would expect it to have, plus a better interface. Additionally, you can look up unknown numbers inside the app, to decide if they are blocking worthy or simply people that are trying to contact you. You can also activate an automatic alert to see directly if the call you’re getting is suspicious or not.
- Automatic alarms
- Caller ID
Mr. Number – Caller ID & Spam Protection – Free with In-app Purchases
Mr. Number is capable of blocking spam SMS without you needing to provide the number it’s coming from, so this was more up my alley. The app features a database of common spam sources. It allows you to look up unknown phone numbers to determine if it’s someone you know, or whether you want to reject the call—but only 20 of these are free. You can also block calls based on area code, by the person, or when the number is private or unknown.
- Report Numbers
- Caller ID
- Automatic Alarm
Truecaller: Caller ID, spam blocking & call record – Free with In-app Purchases
If you are looking for a popular app with over 200 million users, this is it. Truecaller has put its hoard of users to use, reporting spam numbers. The interface is attractive; the app intuitive. You are required to register your phone number if you want to use the lookup option. It’s because of the crowdsourcing of spam numbers that this app has been one of the best Android call/text blockers on the market—it has identified nearly all of them.
- Smart Messager
- Smart Dialler
- Call Recorder
Call Blocker Free – Blacklist and Whitelist – Free with In-app Purchases
Effective and lightweight, Call Blocker offers plenty of ways to block those annoying calls and texts. You can choose from four blocking modes: Accept All, Accept Only from Whitelist, Block All from Blacklist, or Accept Only from Whitelist & Contacts. Call Blocker Free-Blacklist lets you know when it’s doing its job and blocking calls by sending you a notification each time. It’s about time you enjoyed some peace.
- Automatic Alarm
Call Blocker – Blacklist, SMS Blocker – Free with In-app Purchases
Some advantages to this app are that blacklisted numbers are blocked inconspicuously, the app itself is relatively lightweight, and a record is kept of all blocked numbers and texts. One downside is that SMS blocking will not work on 4.4. You can block unknown and private numbers. Send those callers to the Blacklist.
- Small Memory Footprint
Call Blocker – Free
Call Blocker offers many choices as to how you want to handle your unwanted calls. Many users have complained that they don’t want calls to automatically go to voicemail, but would rather have an option to pick up or hang up, and this app lets you do whatever you choose. It also includes password protection and backup to save profile logs and contacts. Call Blocker may not work well in Marshmallow or Nougat, and support is limited for 4.0 and up.
- Caller ID
Call Control – SMS/Call Blocker. Block Spam Calls – Free with In-app Purchases
Another popular app, with over 1 billion calls blocked, is Call Control-Call Blocker. Call Control-Call Blocker automatically blocks calls from violators of the FTC/FCC Do Not Call List, and additionally, receives reports of spam numbers from its over 12 million users. The Call Control LLC support team also seems responsive to any complaints about the app, which is a big reason that this is one of the best Android call/text blockers. Call Control-Call Blocker also takes care to respect your privacy by keeping a separate log of blocked calls, independent of your regular call logs.
- Community Blocklist
- Scheduled Do Not Disturb Mode
- Backup Contacts
Text and Call Blocker Apps – Spam-Free Android
As previously mentioned, call-blocking options are also available with many carriers, but not all are free. For instance, Verizon allows you to block up to five numbers for free for 90 days, but for more blocking options there’s a monthly fee. T-Mobile can block up to 10 numbers free of charge, but you have to have a family plan. Certain phones and newer operating systems come with some built-in blocking options. We hope we helped you undermine those unwanted calls and messages.
Do you have call/text blocking suggestions of your own? What apps do you use to prevent spam calls or texts from annoying you? What do you like about these apps? Let us know in the comments.