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Easy Way to Block a Number from Calling Your Android

You are going to get unsolicited calls no matter what phone you use. There are a few methods (some specific to the Android) that you can utilise in order to reduce the amount of spam phone calls that you receive. Sometimes it is not just spam phone calls that are the problem. You may be getting calls from a pesky client or from someone who just doesn’t like you. If you know the number then you are one step ahead of the game and can take steps to block the number although this is not going to halt all communications from this person – they might opt to use a pay phone or a private number and then you are back at square one. Following are a few things you can do (some relevant to the Android in particular) to combat this.

Easy Way to Block a Number from Calling Your AndroidBe Careful with your Number

While this is not a sure fire way to avoid pranksters and spammers – it is the first step in safeguarding your privacy. Don’t use your phone number for websites that are likely to spam your number with auto-diallers or telemarketing schemes. This might be commonsense but it is shocking to see how many people are happy to put their phone number into a scheme that promises to text them their IQ or some other rubbish information. Don’t give it out to anyone unless you are going to be forming a friendship or business relationship with them.

Answering Private Numbers

I know many people who refuse to answer calls from private numbers. This is a stupid way to fix the problem though – especially for those who run a business. You might neglect to answer a private number from a potential client who is willing to throw money at you to get a job done. There is a time to neglect to answer private calls however. If you are getting a relentless barrage of prank calls and then all of a sudden a call comes through on a private number, chances are the prankster turned the number sending function off on their phone.

Android Call Blocking Apps

There are so many of these available for free. However, they don’t promise one hundred percent effectiveness. They will only block the numbers that you tell them to block. If the prankster is using a private number then it is going to still get through.

Android’s Send to Voicemail Feature

This is another great function offered by the majority of Android phones. You can actually set specific numbers to go straight to voicemail. Again, this is heavily reliant on you knowing the number of the prankster or spammer. It is not going to work for private numbers. To turn this on look around in the settings for the individual number and there should be an option to enable this function depending on the Android phone, Android version and the manufacturer of the phone.

Don’t be dismayed if none of these features work. You can always contact your carrier and have the number blocked. If the person is still harassing you consider taking legal action against them.

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Skippern

    April 25, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    I cannot find any blacklists, autorejects or similar in my Galaxy Mini, will an app solve my problem?

  2. Prashant.salkar

    March 19, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Thanks Bijal ,what u said really works in my android phone
    Its really nice of you ..THANK YOU

    • chandru

      March 29, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      Bijal, i’m using Samsung fit, it doesnt have auto reject option. is there any other way to block it up.

  3. ankit nehra

    January 26, 2012 at 9:05 am

    yaar plzzz tell which software i have to download in my android phn to block calls

  4. Bitcoin Escrow

    January 17, 2012 at 10:15 am

    So are most call blocking apps payable or free?

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 23, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      its a mix, some are free while some are paid!

  5. Bijal

    April 5, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Samsung galaxy S also has this feature incorporated.

    Folly the steps below:

    1. From the Home screen press Menu.

    2. Tap Settings.

    3. Tap Call settings.

    4. Select All calls.

    5. Select Auto reject.

    6. Select Enable auto reject.

    7. Select Auto reject list.

    8. Tap Create.

    9. Enter the phone number you wish to block.

    10. Tap Save.

    • Rasika

      September 12, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      Hi for Samsung Galaxy Ace how to block as it doesn’t have that feature which u mentioned in above model.
      Inside call settings it has
      Fixed dialing Numbers
      Voicemail service
      Voicemail number
      Call forwarding
      Additional settings-> caller Id , call waiting

      i couldn’t find block option anywhere pls tell me how to solve it.

      • NeaL Pradeep

        September 14, 2011 at 11:54 pm

        are you using any application?

      • dr piyush

        October 18, 2011 at 11:17 pm

        dear Rasika,
        i was also having the same problem for long,but the soln is really simple,just dowmload the application from ANDROID Mr Number.it will take care of the whole nuisance. It also costs the call charges to the nonsense caller….
        dr piyush

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