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How to block a phone number on your Android phone
Thanks to Android smartphones, it’s faster and easier to get in touch with family and friends. Not all calls are welcomed, though. Spammers, strangers, telemarketers, and other unwanted callers can get annoying. There’s a straightforward solution to stop specific callers, which is to block them. This guide will teach you how to block a phone number from your Android device.
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Block a phone number on Android by opening your Phone app and going to Recents. Tap and hold on to the number you want to block and select Block/report spam. Select whether you wish to report the number as spam and then confirm by tapping on Block.
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Some carriers make it simple
Do you want to get rid of those annoying callers? Doing it from your phone works, but what if you switch handsets often? Maybe you want this done more systematically? Some U.S. carriers, including the four major ones (Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile), allow you to block specific numbers on a service level. Terms and conditions apply — check out exactly what the big four carriers offer via the links above.
How to block a phone number with different devices
Most Android phones nowadays have easy, native ways to block specific numbers. This wasn’t always the case, though, so many OEMs had to build the feature themselves. Depending on your device, you’ll have to work a little harder to thwart those telemarketers.
Needless to say, we can’t go into detail about the necessary steps for blocking calls on every single phone out there. We can, however, show you how to block callers on most of the top Android devices.
How to block a phone number on stock Android
You’ve come to the right place if you’re itching to block a phone number on a stock Android handset like the Pixel 6. Chances are, most phones have a similar process, too, which is why we decided to cover these devices first. There are three ways to do this.
- Open the Phone app.
- Go into the Contacts tab.
- Find the contact you want to block and tap on it.
- Hit the three-dot menu button.
- Select Block numbers.
- Select whether you want to report the number(s) as spam or not.
- Confirm by hitting Block.
- Open the Phone app.
- Go into Recents.
- Long-press on the number you want to block.
- Hit Block/report spam.
- Check or uncheck the box that reads Report call as spam.
- Select Block.
- Open the Phone app.
- Tap on the 3-dot menu button in the top-right corner.
- Pick Settings.
- Select Blocked numbers.
- Tap on Add a number.
- Type in the number and hit Block.
- Another good option is to use the Unknown setting above, which blocks all unidentified callers.
Note: These instructions were generated using a Pixel 4a with 5G running Android 12. Steps might be slightly different depending on your device and software version.
How to block numbers on Samsung phones
Samsung continues to be the biggest smartphone maker in the industry, holding over 18% of the smartphone market share. There’s a good chance this is the right section for you. You can block a number through the Contacts app or your Phone app.
Block in Contacts
- Open the Contacts app.
- Locate the contact you intend to block.
- Tap the More menu, located at the bottom right corner.
- Hit the Block contact button.
- Tap Block again to confirm.
Block in the Phone app
- Open the Phone app.
- Tap the 3-dot menu button.
- Select Settings.
- Locate and tap the Block numbers section.
- Choose Add phone number. You can also pull numbers from Recents or Contacts.
- Once you type the phone number, press the + button to add it to your contacts.
- You can also toggle on Block unknown/private numbers to eliminate all unknown callers.
Note: These instructions were generated using a Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus running Android 12. Steps might be slightly different depending on your device and software version.
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How to block calls on LG phones
We’ll now show you how to block a phone number if you own an LG phone. While there won’t be any new ones on the market, it’s important to know how to use the phone you’ve got. The process is similar to the other phone brands on this list, but slight differences exist.
Block from Recent section
- Open your Phone app and navigate to the Recent tab.
- Tap on the recent number or contact.
- Press the 3-dot More button in the top right corner and select Block number.
- Confirm by selecting Block.
Block from your dialer
- Open your Phone app to the Dial screen.
- Tap the three-dot menu button.
- Go into Call settings.
- Select the Call blocking & Ignore with the message option.
- Go into Blocked numbers.
- Tap the + button.
- Pick whether you want to block a number from Contacts, Call logs, or New number.
- Select or enter the number and follow the instructions.
Note: These instructions were generated using an LG Wing running Android 10. Steps might be slightly different depending on your device and software version.
Third-party apps for blocking phone calls
If your Android phone doesn’t have a built-in call-blocking feature, or if it does but you find it lacking, you might be wondering how to block a phone number using another method. Thankfully, you can choose one from the many third-party call-blocking apps on the Google Play Store. Of particular note are Mr. Number, Call Blocker, and Calls Blacklist.
Mr. Number is a free and ad-free Android app that allows you to block unwanted calls and texts on your mobile phone. This app protects your phone from spam, allowing you to block calls from people and businesses.
You can block calls from individual numbers, an area code, and even an entire country. You can also block private and unknown numbers by sending them straight to voicemail and report spam calls to warn other people using the app. Download it via the link below if you want to give it a try.
Call Blocker works the same as Mr. Number and other call blocking apps. It will block unwanted and spam calls and even comes with a Call Reminder feature that helps you identify unknown numbers. There’s also a whitelist available for storing numbers that can always reach you. Hit the button below to download it to your device.
Last but not least on our list is the free but ad-supported Calls Blacklist, a straightforward app for keeping a list of contacts you don’t want to allow to contact your phone. An ad-free premium version is also available for about $2.
To block calls with Calls Blacklist, launch the app and add a contact number to the Blacklist tab. You can add a number via your Contacts, call logs, messages log, or add numbers manually. That’s it — contacts saved under Blacklist won’t be able to reach your Android phone anymore.
Will I have to reblock phone numbers if I switch devices?
It depends. You’d have to reblock numbers if you blocked them at a smartphone level, such as using the Phone app or a third-party app. If you blocked a number using your carrier, you’re doing it at a network level, so it should transfer over to other devices you switch to.
Can I call or text someone I have blocked?
No. You will have to unblock a number to get in touch with it.
Is there a limit to how many numbers I can block?
How do I unblock a number on Android?
Each device has a different method for unblocking a phone number. Look at our complete guide for unblocking phone numbers on Android for more help.