Comes the situation when you need to block incoming calls on your Android phone. The call might be from an unwanted caller or spammer. Blocking incoming calls on your smartphone is also a smart practice to stay distraction-free especially when you are busy with your hectic schedule or with your project where you need attention.
If you are one of an Android user who is seeking to know a method to block a specific incoming call or all incoming calls on your Android then follow the instruction in the article.
The article will guide you through all possible methods to block any incoming calls either from an unknown person or a spammer. Also, don’t forget to follow the article how to hide my number to call from an unknown number.
Methods to Block Incoming calls On Android
Here we have discussed all possible methods to block incoming calls from either an unwanted number, unknown caller, or spammer. At the end of this article, you will feel relaxed to know how easy it is to get rid of unwanted calls by simply blocking them.
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1. Use Default Phone feature to block incoming calls
You will be surprised to known, but almost all Android phones manufactured ever already have a built-in call-blocking option that allows you to block incoming calls from a specific number.
However, you can also find an option to block all incoming calls at once but this function is available in the latest version of Android only.
In this example, we will be using the default phone app on your Android phone to block incoming calls. Follow the steps below;
Block Incoming Calls From Default Phone App
- Open the default phone app on your Android.
- Go to call settings by navigating to a hamburger menu from 3 dots at the upper right corner of phone app.
- Here tab on block harassing calls or incoming calls(the option may vary from your phone manufacturer and model number)
- Choose the type of calls you want to block.
This will block all the incoming calls that fall in the selected category and reject them without even ringing your phone. However, you can always opt-in for a call log to show your blocked incoming calls in the call log.
This method is useful to block harassment calls, spam calls from companies and credit card sellers etc.
2. Add a number to Block List
You can also block incoming call from a specific number by simply adding the number to blocklist or blacklist on your Android phone. All the dialler apps for Android including the default one have this built-in feature to add the number to the blacklist.
This will block all the incoming calls from that number without ringing your phone. You can later check these blocked calls in your call log.
To add the Number to Blacklist
- Open the dialer app on your Android and go to contacts or call log.
- Tap on the number you want to block incoming calls from.
- Tap on three vertical dots in the upper right corner of the contact screen.
- Select add to blacklist.
- This will block all the incoming from the number.
- You can also add several numbers to the blacklist.
You can also use third-party dialler apps on Android to handle unwanted calls by blocking them. Here is the list of some free Android dialler apps available on Play Store you can use.
3. Use Do Not Disturb mode
Do not disturb mode is a smart method to get rid of unwanted incoming calls. This moon actually doesn’t reject the incoming calls rather it keeps your phone into silent mode and lets you enjoy a distraction-free environment.
You can find the do not disturb mode on your Android by navigating to the navigation bar. By all the latest Android phones have this built-in feature.
All you need is to turn it on by tapping on the icon and all the incoming notifications on your phone will be muted.
This includes all incoming calls incoming messages and notifications from apps as well. This will also help you to get rid of incoming calls marked as “No caller ID” or “Unknown Caller”.
4. Block Incoming calls using Google Voice
Google voice is one of the most amazing features ever introduced to Android phones. You can use Google voice to perform different tasks including reverse music search reverse image search and many other voice-related tasks.
You can also use this Google voice feature on your Android phone to get rid of unwanted incoming calls by diverting them to Voicemail and marking them as spam.
However, this is a tricky process and you might need to switch your main calling number to bol girl voice and stop caring about old carrier numbers. Next, you can use Google voice to restrict spam calls.
5. Use call Barring to block incoming calls
You can also use the call-barring feature on Android to block incoming calls. Call bearing is in smart method to handle all incoming call at once. You can simply bar outgoing and incoming calls on your phone using this feature.
Barring incoming calls
- Open the Phone app.
- Tap the menu button (three dots) in the upper right-hand corner.
- Tap Settings.
- Tap Calls.
- Under Call Settings, tap Call Barring.
- Tap All Incoming (which should initially say ‘Disabled‘).
- Enter the call barring password. In most cases, this will be either 0000 or 1234.
- Tap Turn On.
Now any attempt to make calls to the number will return an IVR-recorded voice saying the number is out of service. Sadly you cannot bar a specific number from making incoming calls. Display block all incoming calls including the numbers in your contacts.
Just reverse the steps and turn the call barring off to receive the incoming calls back.
Frequently Asked Question
How do I block calls from a specific number?
You can explain block an incoming call from any specific number on your Android. Open the contact you want to block and go to details. Here go to options and Tab on add to blacklist to block incoming calls from that specific number.
What happens when you block a number on Android?
Blocking incoming calls with block the number from making calls on your phone. However, the caller will listen to a small ringtone(ringing) and the call will be rejected automatically. If the call is smart enough he will apparently come to no that you have blacklisted his/her number.
How to Block Calls Without letting them Know?
Blocking the incoming calls actually rejects the incoming calls on your Android. But if you want to completely avoid incoming calls on your Android you need to bar incoming calls.
Blocking incoming calls on Android is a smart idea to get rid of spammers and unknown callers. You can use either the default dialler app or any third-party app available on Play Store to handle incoming calls. Though, Google voice and call barring is also alternate method to block incoming calls on your Android phone. Here we have explained all the methods you can use to block incoming calls on your Android phone and enjoy a distraction-free environment. Don’t forget to check out our How to section for such a useful how-to guide for your Android phone and devices.
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