There are various reasons one would want to block a phone number. Perhaps you’re tired of calls from sales and marketing organizations. Or maybe the spam is simply killing you. When blocking phone numbers becomes a necessity, let us help you with these 3 simple methods.
Please note that some phones might have slightly different steps to follow – but they should be really similar to what we present here.
Method 1 – How to block numbers using built-in settings
A. How to block a phone number on Stock Android smartphone
What phones use Stock Android?
- ASUS – ASUS ROG, Zenfone 5Z, Zenfone M1, Zenfone M1, Zenfone Z2, Zenfone Max M1, Zenfone Max M2, Zenfone Lite 1 are just some of the phones from ASUS with pure Android
- Nokia – Nokia 9 PureView, Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 8.1 and 8, Nokia 7 Plus and 7.1, Nokia 6, 6.1 and 6.1 Plus, Nokia 5.1 Plus all use Android One
- Motorola – Moto G7, Moto G6, Motorola One – use Stock Android with slight variations
- Xiaomi – Mi A2, Mi A1, Phocophone F1, Redmi Go – have Android One with some additions
- Google – Infinix Note 5, the Pixel series and the Nexus devices.
Now that you know if your phone has Stock Android, let’s follow these simple steps together
Go to the Phone App and long press the number you want to block.
Go to Settings and select Call Blocking.
Add the numbers you want to block.
*For the Xiaomi phones you’ll have to go to Settings -> System Apps -> Call Settings -> Blocklist.
B. How to block a phone number on Samsung Phone
Go to the Phone App.
Select the number you want to block and press “More”.
Select “Add to Auto-Reject List”.
Bonus – If you need to remove a number from the blocklist, Check out these 2 methods for How to Unblock a Number on Samsung Phones!
C. How to block a phone number on LG Phone
Go to the Phone App.
Press the 3 dot Icon.
Go to Call Settings and select Reject Calls.
Tap the “+” button and add the number.
E. How to block a phone number on HTC Phone
Go to the Dialer App.
Press and hold the phone number.
Select Block Contact and then press OK.
You can remove a blocked contact with the People app.
Method 2 – How to block a phone number using 3rd party apps
A. How to block phone numbers with Mr. Number
B. How to block phone numbers with Call Blocker
C. How to block phone numbers with Calls Blacklist
D. How to block phone numbers with Should I Answer?
Method 3 – How to block a phone number using Options from U.S carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint)
Method 3.1.1 – Through your Desktop
Sign in to My Verizon and go to the Blocks page, then select the lines you want to block calls on if you have more than one.
Click Block Calls&Messages. Enter the number you want to block and click Save.
Method 3.1.2 – Through the Verizon App
Open the app and tap the Navigation Menu.
Tap Manage, and then Controls.
Tap Call & Message Blocking and then enter your password.
Tap Add Number, then enter the number you want to block.
Tap Block Number.
Open the AT&T app and enter your number.
Tap Continue and enter the 6-digit pin that you were texted.
Tap Verify and accept the Terms and Conditions.
Manage the numbers in your block list on the page that pops up.
Method 3.3.1 – Through Desktop
Sign into your account and click My Preferences.
Check under Limitation and Permissions and click Block Voice.
Select the number you want to block and choose from the blocking preferences available.
Enter the number you want to block.
Click Add Number and then Save.
Method 3.3.2 – My Spring App
Open the App and go to Settings.
Tap Call+SMS Filter.
Turn Block Calls on.
Find the number you want to block and tap and hold until new options appear.
Tap Block Number and then OK.
Method 3.3.3 – Do Not Call Registry
Go to the WebSite or call 888-382-122.
The number you added will be blocked within 24 hours. However, it could take up to 31 days for the calls to stop.
If you want to know more about this subject, we suggest you read this list of Best Android Call/Text Blockers!
Questions people ask
How do I block a number that reads “Unknown” or “private”?
Go to your phone’s Settings and find the Block Anonymous Calls option. This is the common route, but depending on the type of smartphone you own, they might differ slightly.
Can I block messages the same as phone calls?
When you block a number, the person owning that number will not be able to contact you, either through calling or texts. Usually, there is no need for extra steps in order to also block the incoming texts from a phone number.
How do I know if someone blocked my number?
If you hear just one ring before your call goes straight to voice mail, most probably you were blocked. Also, if you get unusual messages when sent to voicemail, like “The number you are calling is temporarily out of service/ not accepting calls right now/ unavailable”, then chances are… you’re blocked.
Tips, Warnings, and Disclaimers
- Be careful with 3rd party apps, ar they have access to your contacts and data, and usually, require additional permissions.
- Most 3rd party apps have to run in the background to work, so you might need to disable your battery saver.
- Make sure your Android OS is up to date, as many old versions don’t support call blocking.
Blocking numbers on an Android phone? A piece of cake!
Whether you want to keep it simple and use your phones’ built-in options, go for a third party app to make things easier or what that phone number permanently blocked and go to your carrier, one of those three methods is sure to have solved your problem!
Which method do you think is the best? Let us know in the comments below!