How to block calls on Android

It’s your phone: yours, and you can put a stop to the wind of discomfort that besieges you whenever you want. To do this, in this guide we will explain how to block calls on android in different ways.

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Note: The methods for blocking calls vary slightly depending on the version of Android you are running on your device. There are tons of tutorials for every Android device you can imagine. Check out YouTube or the XDA Developers Forum to find a specific option for your phone if the following solutions don’t work for you.

How to block calls in the basic version of Android 11

If you’re using a phone like the Google Pixel 5, which runs a basic version of Android 11, you can easily block a call from the Phone app.

From Settings Phone app

Step 1: tap to open the app telephone.

Step 2: touch More options on the three dots icon on the top right.

Step 3: touch settings is on the menu.

Step 4: touch Blocked Numbers (either Call Blocking).

Step 5: touch Add Number to add a specific number or tap the button Toggle beside Stranger to block all unknown numbers.

From Phone app call history

From the call history, you can disconnect incoming calls from specific numbers.

Step 1: tap to open the app telephone.

Step 2:touch More options on the three dots icon on the top right.

Step 3: touch Call History is on the menu.

Step 4: play the number What do you want to block?

Step 5: touch Block / Report Spam.

Step 6: an option will appear to report the number as spam. Tap to deselect if the number is not spam, then tap the button To block.

From the Phone app contact list

If there’s a particularly persistent family member, friend or ex-family member whose number you’ve saved, blocking them is a breeze.

Step 1: tap to open the app telephone.

Step 2: touch the tab Connections.

Step 3: touch the Contact you want to block.

Step 4: touch More options on the three dots icon on the top right.

Step 5: tap Number Block that appears in the menu.

Step 6: an option will appear to report the number as spam. Tap to deselect if the number is not spam, then tap the button To block.

Note: You can also touch Directly to Voicemail in the More Options menu if you prefer to keep the number unblocked, but don’t want to hear the call ringing anymore.

From the Messages app

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Step 1: tap to open the app messages.

Step 2: keep your finger pressed on any message.

Step 3: tap the Lock icon (the circle with a line through it) in the top right corner.

How to block calls on a Samsung phone

If you have a Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus (or any other Samsung phone), it’s easy to block unwanted calls.

From the Phone Settings app

Step 1: tap to open the app telephone.

Step 2: touch More options on the three dots icon on the top right.

Step 3: touch settings is on the menu.

Step 4: tap Blocked Numbers (or Call Blocking).

Step 5: touch Add Phone Number to add a specific number or tap the button Toggle beside Blocking Anonymous Users to block all unknown numbers.

Note: On this screen, you can also remove blocked numbers, or add a number by touching the Recent or Contacts button.

From the tab recent from the Phone app.

Step 1: tap to open the Phone app.

Step 2: tap the Recent tab at the bottom.

Step 3: keep your finger pressed on the number you want to block.

Step 4: tap the lock icon shown in the lower right corner.

From the Contacts tab of the Phone app

Step 1: tap to open the app telephone.

Step 2: tap the Contacts tab at the bottom.

Step 3: keep your finger pressed on the contact you want to block.

Step 4: tap the More Options icon in the top right corner.

Step 5: tap block contact found in the menu.

How to block calls on an HTC phone

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HTC, like Samsung, has integrated call blocking, as on the HTC U12 Plus. Here we tell you how to use the Phone app.

Use the call history of the Phone app

Step 1: tap to open the app telephone.

Step 2: touch the tab Call History.

Step 3: keep your finger pressed on the contact number you want to block.

Step 4: Choose Contact blocking either User block.

Note: you can see a list of blocked contacts by tapping on the three dots icon in the top right corner when the call history tab is active. You find them under Blocked Connections.

Use the Messages app

Step 1: tap to open the app Messages.

Step 2: keep your finger pressed on it Contact Number What do you want to block?

Step 3: touch Contact blocking.

How to block calls on an LG cell phone

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Blocking numbers on LG devices is relatively easy, including the LG G8X ThinQ dual-screen phone.

Use the Call Log tab in the Phone app

Step 1: tap to open the app telephone.

Step 2: touch the tab Call Log.

Step 3: touch the icon information that appears next to the contact or number you want to block.

Step 4: touch To block.

Use the Dial tab of the Phone app

Step 1: touch the tab Dial up.

Step 2: Tap the three-dot menu icon located in the top right corner.

Step 3: touch Call Settings.

Step 4: touch Call Block and Reject with Messages.

Step 5: touch Blocked Numbers.

Step 6: touch the icon Add.

Step 7: choose one of the following options:

  • Connections– tap on it Get in touch you want to block and then touch Done.
  • Call Records– tap on it Number you want to block and then touch Done.
  • New number— type the Phone number and then play To block.

Block calls with an Android app

If none of the other options suit you, or you just want a friendly way to block calls on your Android smartphone, then a dedicated app might be your best bet. Here are five solid options.

Should I Reply?

Should I Answer? not your average call blocker. It can block specific numbers or all phone numbers, except those in your contact list, of course, but the real hook is its extensive database of telemarketing or known telemarketing numbers and premium rates.

When you receive a phone call, Should I Answer? shows a short description and user reviews of the incoming number, along with the option to leave your own rating or add the number to a private blocklist.

Should I Answer? it also includes some of the strongest call blocking features of any app in its category. You can automatically screen calls from hidden numbers, premium numbers, foreign countries, and numbers below a certain screening threshold.

Perhaps best of all, all the mentioned features work offline: the app saves a small copy of the ratings database locally.

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RoboKiller

With a robust database of over 1.1 million numbers, RoboKiller it will automatically block many spam calls and robocalls. It even has reply bots to choose from that are designed to annoy the same telemarketers. The block list is updated frequently, and you can check the blocked calls in your recent calls list. Even hear why they called you. Your problem? It’s just that it’s a subscription service, so after the seven-day free trial, you’ll have to pay $3 a month to continue using it.

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Contact your operator

Most carriers can block calls. Verizon offers this service for free, as does Sprint.

There are some restrictions, for example, Verizon only allows you to block up to five lines and you will have to re-block the lines every 90 days. However, if you’re willing to pay $5 a month, you can block up to 20 connections through Verizon Smart Family.

You also have access to the Call Filter feature ($3 per month), which analyzes calls, automatically blocks spam, and reports unwanted numbers.

AT&T users looking to block unwanted numbers should check out the AT&T Call Protect app. You can access more features with AT&T Call Protect Plus, but you have to pay an additional $4 per month. T-Mobile offers a number blocking service through the Family Leaves for only $5 dollars a month.

Other options to block calls on Android

There are plenty of other Android apps specifically designed to block calls, but take the time to read the reviews carefully and make a good choice before choosing an alternative.

Many of these apps conflict with antivirus apps, and speaking of Android security apps, if you already have Avast Mobile Security installed, there is an option to filter calls and SMS messages that allow you to block contacts.

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