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How to block a number in Android
By Simon Hill
If you’re tired of calls from strangers or telemarketers at the most inopportune times, you may wantto learn how to block a number in Android. While
is simple, there are many different ways to block calls on Android smartphones, depending on the manufacturer. While some manufacturers bury blacklist features deep in the settings panel, older devices may not have a native call-blocking feature at all.Thankfully, there’s no shortage of ways to block calls on your Android device. Here, we’ll take a look at how to do it with your phone’s native features, and we’ll suggest a couple of Android apps that are worth considering. If neither of these options work, fear not —we’ve also provided information on how to block numbers through your carrier.
Blocking calls on an Android smartphone
The methods for doing this will vary slightly based on your specific device and the version of Android that you are using. Many tutorials exist for every Android device imaginable. Take a gander on
to find an option for your specific phone.There is no universal path for blocking contacts on Android smartphones, and it’s a feature that older versions of Android oddly omit. Thankfully, for people with phones like the
,which run a stock version of Android later than 6.0 Marshmallow, you can easily block a call directly from the Phone app.
Blocking calls on a Pixel or Pixel 2
From the Googlephone app
When in the Phone app, tap the
icon (three dots stacked vertically)next to the microphone. Then select
Settings > Call Blocking
and add the number you want to block. You can also go to
andtap the number you want to block, thenselect
. Here, you can also
Report call as spam
From the Android Messages app
a contact within the Messages app and tap the
icon (circle with a line through it)in the upper-right corner. You can also tap the
icon (three dots stacked vertically)next to the magnifying glass, select
Settings > Call blocking
, and add the number you want to block.
Blocking calls on other stock Android phones
From the call log
From the call log, you can disable incoming calls from specific numbers. Select the number you want to block, then hit
or the 3-dot menu icon in the upper-right corner and choose
Add to reject list.
This will disable incoming calls from specific numbers.
From your contacts list
If there’s a particularly persistent relative, friend, or ex whose number you’ve saved, blocking them’s a cinch. Justpull up your contacts, select the person you’d like to block, and hit thelittle button in the right-hand corner that looks like a pencil. Then tap the three-dot menu icon in the upper-right corner and check the box next to
All Calls to Voicemail
. Thatcontact’s calls will nowbe directed to your carrier’s voice inbox.
From the settings menu
One of the most common options is to pull up your contact list by selecting the phone icon from your home screen. Then tap the three-dot menu and choose
Settings > Call > Call Rejection > Auto Reject List > Create.
At this point, Android phones will have a search box that’ll appear. Insert the phone number or name of the person you want to block, and presto, that name will be added to the
Auto Reject List.
Blocking calls ona Samsung phone
If you have a
or another Samsung phone, it’s easy to block unwanted callers. Select the
icon on your home screen, tap the three-dot menu in the upper-right corner, and then tap
listed here — you can also use this menu to manage the numbers on your
. If you wish to automatically block unknown callers, simply toggle on the option for
Block anonymous calls.
You can also block numbers from your call log. To do so, open up
Phone > Recents
and tap a number or contact. You can then tap
Details > Menu (three dots in the upper-right corner) > Block number
, which will give youthe option to block the number in question.
Blocking calls on an HTCphone
, much like Samsung, has integrated call blocking. To use it, open the
app on your home screen and navigate to
. Long press on the number you’d like to block and tap the option to
. You can review blocked contacts in the
app by tapping the menu icon at the top right (three vertical dots).
Blocking calls on an LGphone
LG has made it relatively simple to block numbers on its handsets, including the
. To start, open the
app and navigate to the
tab. Tap the number you want to block and then tap the three-dot menu in the upper-right corner. Select
from the drop-down menu.You can also review, add, or remove numbers from your list by opening the
app, navigating to the
tab, and tappingthe three-dot menu in the upper-right corner. Select
Call blocking & Decline with message > Blocked numbers
Blocking calls with an Android app
If none of the other options suits you, or you just want a more user-friendly way of blocking calls on your phone, a third-party app may be your best bet. Here are a few solid options.
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Federal Communications Commission’sDo Not Call registry. You can decide which calls get blocked and exactly how they are handled with this versatile app. You get a free 14-day trial of the full app before it reverts to a limited “Lite” version unless you cough up $8 dollars.
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Contacting your carrier
Most major carriers can block calls to your device.
, as does
. There are a few limitations — for instance, Verizon only allows you to block up tofive lines and you’ll have to reblock lines every 90 days. If you’re willing to pay $5 per month, you can block up to 20 contacts through Verizon Smart Family. If you want
to block unwanted numbers, you’ll need to cough up $5 a month for Smart Limits.
offers number blocking through the Family Allowances service for $5 per month.
Other options for blocking calls
There are a ton of other Android apps designed specifically for blocking calls, but take time to read reviews carefully and do your homework before opting for an alternative. Many of these apps conflict with antivirus apps, if not one another.Speaking of
, if you have
already installed, there’s an option for filtering calls and SMS messages that allows you to block specific contacts.