How To Block Unwanted Numbers With Built-In Tools In Your Phone

SachinSangwan - Aug 06, 2019, 4:03 pm IST


If you want to stop spam calls, probably the best thing to do is blocking. Besides third-party apps, the phone itself can do this too.

You know what, political surveyors, scammers, and telemarketers are similar in one thing. These people can spoil your day so badly just with the barrage of unsought phone spams. If the Do Not Call List is useless and spam calls keep coming to your phone, probably the best thing to do is blocking. A lot of apps allow you to change your phone's call screening process; however, the device has already offered the necessary tool.

For iOS smartphones

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Block calls on your iPhone

First, launch the phone app and head to 'Recent Calls.' An outgoing and incoming numbers call list will be displayed. There is a tiny info button on the right of the number you wish to block. Tap on the button then scroll down till you reach the page's bottom. Now, 'Block The Caller' and you're done.

For maintaining the list of the blocked numbers, head to Settings > Phone > Blocked List. The numbers that have been previously blocked will be seen. New contact numbers to the block list can be added or removed as per the user's desire. To add more numbers to the blocked list, tap on Add New and select one of the contacts shown.

In case you unblock a number, it will be moved back to your contacts. If the contact was initially not in the contact list, nothing will be changed. Always remember, unblocking a contact means that the specific number can again call, message and facetime the user.

How to perform this task on Android devices

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Block calls on Android phones

If you want to block a recent contact, launch the Phone app then select the list of recent calls. Tap on the unwanted number from the list and you'll see a menu. Tap on "Call Details", and the menu item for Block Number will appear.

In case you need to block a phone number from your contacts, follow these steps:

  1. You need to open the Phone application and tap the three dots in the search field, at the topmost part of the device's screen (Some smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy, will show "More" option rather than the 3-dot button).
  2. Now tap on Settings > Call Blocking.

You can search the contact you want to block from the contact list. All the numbers that have been blocked previously will also be shown in this view. You can unblock any number by clicking the 'X' adjacent to it.

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