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We explain how to block calls on Android

If you’re tired of those calls from strangers at the most inopportune moments (for advertising, wrong number, charges, or someone who simply wants to spite you) will want to know how to block calls in Android. Because if you block calls on an iPhone is pretty simple, there are many different ways to do this in Android smart phones, as this usually depends on the manufacturer. And while some put a this option clearly in the panel configuration, it is possible that the older devices do not bring in a native function call block.

Fortunately, there are a few ways to block calls on your Android device. Below, we will show you how to do it with the native functions of your phone, and also we will suggest some of the applications of Android that are well worth considering. And if none of these options works for you, we’ll explain also how to block numbers through your carrier.


The methods for doing this will vary slightly according to your specific device and version of Android you’re using. There are many tutorials for your specific device. Try to search in YouTube or in the developer forum XDA.

There is not a path to universal to block contacts on smart phones with Android and is a feature that the standard versions of Android Lollipop and more ancient omitted in a strange way. Fortunately, for those users with Android devices, such as Google or Pixel Google Pixel XL, with Android 6.0 Marshmallow or later, Android now offers a way to block a caller directly from the phone application.

Some devices also allow users to enable a lock mode for the number through the phone’s settings.


From the application Google Phone

When you find yourself in the application your Phone, tap the options icon plus () next to the microphone. Then, select Settings> call barring and add the number you want to block.

You can also go to the call History or recent Calls and tap the number you want to block, then select Block. Here, you can also Report the calls as unwanted.

From the Android app Messages

Touch and hold a contact within the Messages app and tap the lock icon () that appears in the upper right corner. You can also touch the icon of more options (next to the magnifying glass, select Settings> call barring and add the number you want to block.


The call log

From the call log, you can disable incoming calls from specific numbers. Select the number you wish to block, then tap More or the menu icon of 3 dots that are in the upper-right corner and choose Add to the list of rejected. This will disable incoming calls from specific numbers.

From your list of contacts

If there is a relative, friend or former boyfriend, partner or lover) particularly persistent whose number you have saved, lock is very easy.

Simply, you have to go to your list of contacts, select the person you would like to block and press the small button in the top right corner that looks like a pencil.

Then, tap the menu icon 3 dots in the top right corner and check the box next to All calls to voice mail. The calls from this contact will now be directed to the inbox of voicemail from your provider.

From the settings menu

One of the most common routes is to display your contacts list by selecting the phone icon on the home screen.

Then, select the menu button three dots and choose Settings> Call> call Rejection> reject List automatic> Create.

At this point, Android phones will have a search box that will appear. Inserts the phone number or the name of the person you want to block, and presto, that name will be added to the list of automatic rejection.


If you have a Samsung Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, or another Samsung phone, it is easy to block unwanted calls.

Select the Phone icon on your home screen, tap the menu the three dots in the upper right corner, and then Settings. You will find the numbers Lock listed here.

You can also use this menu to manage the numbers in your Block list. If you want to automatically block unknown calls, simply activate the option to Block anonymous calls.

You can also block numbers from your call log. To do so, open Phone> Recent and select a number or contact. Then, you can give Details> Menu (three dots in the top right corner)> Number lock, that will give you the option to block the number in question.


HTC, like Samsung, has built-in call blocking.

To use it, open the app Phone on your home screen and navigate to the call History. Touch and hold the number you want to block and select Block contact, or Block caller. You can review the contacts locked in the Phone app by tapping the menu icon in the top right corner (three vertical dots).


LG has made it relatively simple to block numbers on their phones, including the LG G6.

To begin, open the application Phone and go to the tab Logs of calls. Choose the number you want to block and then tap the menu the three dots that are in the upper-right corner. Then, select the Number of block in the resulting pull down menu.

You can also review, add, or delete numbers from your list by opening the Phone application, navigating to the call Logs tab, by touching the menu three dots in the top right corner and selecting call Blocking and Reject with the message> blocked Numbers.


If none of the other options suits you, or if you just want a more friendly to block calls on your Android smartphone then a dedicated application to do this could be your best option. Here are five options solid.

Should I Answer?

Should I Answer it is not your blocker calls average. It is able to block specific numbers or all phone numbers, except those that are in your contacts list, of course, but the true hook is its extensive database of known numbers of telemarketing or telemarketing and rates premium.

When you receive a phone call, Should I Answer displays a brief description and reviews from the users of the incoming number, the more the option of leaving your own rating or add the number to a private list lock.

Should I Answer it also presents some of the features of call blocking more robust than any application in its category. You can filter calls automatically from hidden numbers, premium numbers, foreign countries, and numbers below a certain threshold of review.

Perhaps best of all is that all the aforementioned functions work offline: the application saves a small copy of the database of qualifications locally.


Safest Call Blocker

This app presents the usual set of locks calls: you can block all numbers a black list a custom, for example, and block all numbers not in your contacts, but you can also block a range of numbers using wildcards.

Can’t stand the incessant deals on vacation hawaiian for “free”? Adds the number 1-800 – ### – #### to the block list and you won’t hear any of these annoying messages.

Safest Call Blocker also notifies you when you block calls and automatically keeps the numbers locked out of your call log.


Mr. Number

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This app advertises itself as a free application for calls and texts alternative, with free messages between members and real-time updates on when they read your messages.

It also happens to be a powerful application for blocking calls and text messages for Android. You can block specific numbers or you can block area codes. Thanks to the information sent by the user on telemarketing and other unsolicited emails, could create a block list that will protect you from these calls.



Most carriers can block calls. Verizon offers this service free, like Sprint.

There are some limitations, for example, Verizon only lets you block up to 5 lines and you will have to re-block lines every 90 days. Without emabargo, if you’re willing to pay $5 dollars a month you can block up to 20 contacts through Verizon Smart Family.

For your part, If you want AT&T to block unwanted numbers, you’ll need to spend $5 dollars a month for Smart Limits. Also, T-Mobile offers blocking numbers through the service of Family Allowances for only $5 dollars a month.


There are a lot of other Android apps designed specifically to block calls, but you must read them carefully before opting for an alternative. Many of these applications may conflict with anti-virus applications, if not with each other.

*Article updated on 25 January 2019 for Daniel Matus.

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