What’s not to hate about unknown phone numbers and harassing callers? They can be annoying, as well as dangerous.

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In 2017, fraud cost Americans almost one billion dollars, and 69.8 percent of fraud happened over the phone. Source: Experian

When receiving these calls, you can simply choose to not pick-up the phone, but what happens if the phone number continues to call you? Do you just not answer, or is there something better that you can do to stop these callers from disturbing you at all times of the day?

Luckily, you can do better than ignore the calls, you can also block them. You may thinking blocking these calls can be hard, but there are plenty of options on how to block these calls on your Android phone, here are the top five.

Blocking Selected Incoming Phone Numbers On Your Android Phone (5 Methods)

Here Are The Top Five Ways To Block Incoming Calls On Your Android Phone:

1.   Call Blocking By Calling Your Service Provider

Most service providers have a call blocking service. How it works all depends on your provider. All of the major cell phone providers (T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T) are guaranteed to have these services.

Here are their customer service lines:

T-Mobile Customer Service Line: 1 (877) 453-1304

AT&T Customer Service Line: 1 (800) 331-0500

Verizon Customer Service Line: 1 (800) 922-0204

Sprint Customer Service Line: 1 (888) 211-4727

To learn more, call your cell phone provider’s customer service line. They can guide you in the right direction and let you know all of the services that they have available. Many cell phone providers also have customer service via social media, email, and chat if you prefer to not make a phone call.

2. Manually Blocking Calls On Your Android Phone

There’s an easy way to manually block Android phones, but it only works for newer Android models.

To perform this method of blocking calls, follow the steps below. These steps only work with Android Phones that are Android 6.0 and up.

To Block A Call On Android Phones That Are Android 6.0 and Up:

  1. Open the “Phone App” on your Android phone.
  2. Once you are in your Phone App, press on your Call history.
  3. Tap on the number you want to block in your Call history.
  4. Tap the Block / report spam option.

It’s as simple as that.

It’s also easy to unblock a number on newer Android models.

To Unblock A Call On Android Phones That Are Android 6.0 and Up:

  1. Open the “Phone App” on your Android phone.
  2. Press “More”
  3. Press “Settings” and then press “Blocked numbers”.
  4. Look through your blocked numbers and find the one you want to unblock. Once you find the number you want to unblock, press the “clear” option next to the number and then press “Unblock”. Next to the number you want to unblock, tap Clear Clear and then Unblock.

3. Call Blocking Apps

If you like Apps that do the work for you, there are some amazing call blocking phone apps available for Android phones.

You can certainly go to the Google Play store to research these apps and select your favorite one. However, if you want to save some time, we have shared our favorites below.

Here Are Some Of The Top Rated Android Call Blocking Apps:

1.    Call Blocker

Rated 4.6 on the Google Play Store.

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Call Blocker is a great app when you want to automatically reject phone numbers. When you want to block a phone number on this app, all you have to do is add the number to blacklist and Call Blocker will block any more incoming calls from the number.

2. Calls Blacklist

Rated 4.5 on the Google Play Storecalls blacklist

The Calls Blacklist app not only blocks calls, but it also block texts messages. It can block calls and texts from any phone number and is pretty much your basic call and text message blocker.

3. Hiya- Caller ID & Block

Rated 4.4 on the Google Play Store

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Hiya Caller ID & Block pinpoints what calls and texts you are okay with receiving as well as blocks the phone numbers you don’t want to comminute with from calling and texting you. HiYa is also free with no ads.
HiYa also sends you spam alerts and comes with a business search to find business phone numbers.

4. Call Block

Rated 4.5 on the Google Play Store

call block

Call Block does exactly what it says it does, block calls. You can also make calls using this app and is also a free app to use. Very efficient, simple and easy app to use.

4. Join The National Do Not Call Registry

Joining the National Do Not Call Registry will help block unwanted calls because telemarketers and solicitors will not be able to legally call you. While this doesn’t block out all calls, it is a method that will help block some of them before they can even reach you.

To join the National Do Not Call Registry, simply go to their website, which can be found by clicking here.

5. Use The “Send All Calls To Voicemail” Feature On Your Android Phone

There’s a special trick on Android phones that can help combat block calls. It’s called the “Send All Calls To Voicemail” trick.

This trick only works once the number has already called you.

Once you get a call from a number that you don’t want to hear from anymore, here’s how you do the trick.

  1. Create a contact for blocked calls and name the contact something similar to “Blocked Numbers” so that you remember that this contact is specific to block callers.
  2. Under the contact, hit the pencil button in the right-hand corner. Then, tap the menu icon with three darts also in the right-hand corner and check the box next to “All calls to voicemail”.
  3. Once steps 1 and 2 are completed, start adding the numbers you want to block to your Blocked Numbers contact.

That’s all that you need to do!

Note: This step won’t specifically block your calls, but what it will do is to send them directly to your voicemail. Most scammers, telemarketers, and solicitors don’t leave voicemails, especially if your phone doesn’t even ring which is a sign that you’ve already realized that their number is a scam.

Bonus Tip: Want To Know Who Is Calling You?

Do you want to make sure the number that is calling you isn’t important before you block it? Or perhaps you want to try to see who owns the phone number before you hit the block button.

There is one quick method that can show you who owns a number and it involves performing a reverse phone lookup.

Performing a reverse phone lookup only takes a minute, and by doing a quick search you and get correct answer to “who’s calling me” if the information is available.

Our favorite reverse phone lookup website? That title goes to National Cellular Directory, which has a free daily Happy Hour.

If no information is pulled up on the phone number after performing a reverse phone lookup, it’s probably okay to block the phone number. You can also do a Google search on a phone number to verify that it isn’t a business.

Some Final Thoughts…

Unknown and unrelenting callers can be annoying and dangerous. We hope that our article was helpful and that you were able to block and lookup your suspicious callers successfully.

If you know any Android phone owner who needs to block and/or lookup suspicious phone numbers, please share this article with them!

I am a web developer and a tech blogger. I love to share information about latest tech trends as well as programming knowledge. Currently living in Canada, I want to master web development and then pour my knowledge to my fellow readers.

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