Telemarketers or an ex can be difficult to avoid if they are always calling you. Luckily, there are several ways to block phone numbers. Here is our complete guide on the ways to block phone numbers.
Blocking Numbers on Androids
If you use a Pixel device or a phone that runs a stock Android operating system, there are three ways to block calls.
- Open Phone app > three dots in top right corner > Block Numbers. For here, you can add which numbers you want to be blocked.
- Open Phone app > select Recents > find the number you want to block, select it and choose Block/report spam
- Open Android Messages > long-press the contact you want to block > after the contact is selected > select the Block icon in the top right of the display
Blocking Numbers on Samsung Devices
Samsung devices run on the Android operating system, so the blocking process is similar. There are two ways to block calls on Samsung devices. Firstly, open up the Phone app. Then tap the three dots, followed by Settings. Lastly, select Blocked numbers and add the number you want to be blocked.
In addition, you can block numbers straight from your call list. Select the Recents under the Phone app. Find and select the number you want to block. Following this, select the three dots and tap Block Number.
Blocking Numbers on Apple Devices
Apple makes blocking calls easy through its Settings app. Scroll until you find the Phone section. Select calls > Call Blocking & Identification > Block Contact. Once here, any number on the contact list can be blocked. If the number is not in your contacts list, you will still be able to block it. Similar to Android, open up the Phone app and select Recents. Select the I icon next to the number. Once selected, there will be an option to Block this Caller.
Verizon provides its users with two ways to block numbers. The first option allows users to block up to five numbers at a time for 90 days. You will need to log into your Verizon account and find the Blocks page. Additionally, if you don’t want to have to reblock a number after 90 days, you can opt for Verizon Smart Family Premium. This service is ten dollars a month but allows you to block up to 20 numbers at a time permanently.
Like Verizon, AT&T also gives two options for blocking calls. AT&T Call Protect gives its users the ability to block numbers from the AT&T Call Protect app. The service is free but will not block unknown numbers. If you want more options and to block unknown numbers, you can sign up for AT&T Call Protect Plus for four dollars a month.
Sprint makes blocking numbers easy. Sign in to your Sprint account only. Then select My Sprint > Permissions > Block voice. Select Block Only The Following Phone Numbers For Inbound and Outbound Calls. Enter the number you wish to block and your set.
T-Mobile does not allow you to block numbers unless you are on a family plan. To block a number on T-Mobile, sign in to your My T-Mobile account. Select Profile > Family Control > Family Allowances > Manage and select the number you want to block.
National Do Not Call Registry
Lastly, you can add your number to the National Do Not Call Registry. Head over to DoNotCall.gov to register. The FTC will add your name to the list within 24 hours, but it might be up to 30 days for telemarketers for stop calling you.
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