Call Blocking on Android: All You Need to Know

by Sandra Henshaw - , Last Updated on September 4, 2016, How To Guides

Whether it’s a crazy ex or an annoying telemarketer, we all get calls that we don’t want from time to time. Of course, you can just ignore them and hope they go away and stop calling, but if you want to really deal with the problem, you’ll need to block the call completely. As a lucky Android owner, there are a few ways that you can go about doing this, and that’s what we’re here to take a look at today. No more irritating calls? Yes, please!

Direct Number Blocking

By far the easiest thing to do is to directly block a number. If you’re on stock Android (so you’ve got something like a Nexus), and you’re running Android 6.0 or higher then this is incredibly simple. Go to your call log, press and hold on the number that you don’t want calling you any more, and then hit “block number” on the pop up menu that appears. It really is that easy.

If you’re not running stock Android then the process is a bit more complicated, but still pretty easy to do. This works on Samsung phones, for example, or any other phone where you’re not getting that pop up menu when you long press on a number. You’ll still need to be running a recent Android version, however. The first thing you’ll need to do is go to your call log and save the irritating number as a contact (unless it’s already saved as one). Then go into your phone app and hit the menu button (this varies by phone but it’s probably three dots in the top right corner, or in the case of a Samsung the word “more” in the top right). Choose “settings” then “block number” then scroll down to the contact that you saved and hit it. Job done.

Be a Little More Polite…

Maybe we’re not talking about an ex or a telemarketer, simply someone that you really don’t want to talk to on the phone, but also someone that you don’t really want to upset (maybe your mother in law…). In this case, rather than blocking a call, you might just want to send those calls straight to voicemail, that way you don’t need to deal with them, but you’ll still get a message if there’s something important.

Again, this is pretty simple. Save the number as a contact if it’s not already in your address book, then go into your contact menu and find the number, clicking on it. You’ll open up a page for that contact, and you’ll need to hit the “edit” button, then tap on the three dots at the top right of the page. Then simply check the box next to “all calls to voicemail.” Done. You won’t get any notifications (unless a message has been left) and will be left in peace.

Nuisance Calls…

If you judge that the calls you’re getting are nuisance calls, and they happen more often than they really should, then there are a few things that you can do. These calls tend to come from telemarketers, and in the UK it’s illegal for companies like this to call you if you’ve requested that they do not.

Your first step should be to register with the TPS (telephone preference service). You can do this quickly and easily online, and once you’ve registered your preference not to have sales or marketing calls then you should find that most nuisance calls stop. If they don’t, you can file a complaint with TPS on their online form…

High Tech Solutions

There are a couple of more techie solutions for your problem too. You can always download a call blocking app. Mr. Number is probably the best of these, and it will block calls, suspected scam messages and all kinds of other neat things as well, so it’s worth looking into if you have frequent unwanted callers.

Another solution is to use trueCall38. This is a UK only service that helps to prevent marketing and sales calls. If you need to fill out any kind of form and have to give your phone number, rather than putting your real number you put the trueCal38 number, which is: 0333 88 88 88 88. Then if a company tries to call you they’re directed to a message that simply asks that you be contacted by email instead. This is perfect for the kind of forms that you might fill out to get a shop’s frequent  buyer card, for example, just remember not to use it when you actually might want to be contacted by phone…

Serious Nuisance Phone Calls…

Finally, there might be some calls that not only do you want to block but that you want to do something about. These might be obscene or even threatening calls. In these cases you’ll need to do a couple of things. Firstly, yes, you can report these calls to the police. The police are unlikely to do anything about them unless they’re extremely serious and frequent, but it’s best to have a record of reporting them. You will also want to keep a private record of exactly when the calls are made and what is said.

You can also contact your mobile operator, who may be in a position to help you. Some companies are better at this than others, so give customer service a call and see what they can do for you. It’s always worth asking…

If a call makes an immediate threat then you should call the police emergency number (999). If you judge the threat not to be immediate then contact your local police station (dial 101 to be directed). The police DO take threatening calls seriously, so don’t hesitate to call!

Having a mobile phone and being in constant contact is awesome, but there are always going to be people that take advantage of the fact that you’re only a call away. But if you follow our steps, there’s no reason that you should have to speak to someone that you don’t want to talk to, so get blocking!