How to Block Calls and Messages on Android

Last Updated: December 4, 2017
How to Block Calls Messages Android

Are you getting frustrated with unwanted calls? Tired of literally answering telemarketing calls often? There are a lot of options to block numbers on Android phone itself. Most of us may be unaware of the many built-in features that help us to block caller IDs and text messages. There is no need to depend on any third party call blocking apps to block a phone number or block text messages on Android phones.

Here we are going to give explore a couple of options on Android phone to block calls and text messages.

Editors Note: The features are variable according to the specific android skin. Hence, some processes and steps would be slightly different from certain User Interfaces. For better reference, we are providing the steps for the two most widely used android UI skins worldwide.

Block Calls on Samsung Phones

The Samsung TouchWiz has come a long way in developing features to be accessed with minimal effort. Opening the phone app will bring you to the recent list and contacts list. We can select a contact from the already available contact lists or some random number that we have received a text or call from the recent listings. Furthermore, we can view the currently blocked numbers from the call settings.

Block Calls on Samsung

Let us see how to block numbers on Samsung Phone in detail. To proceed open Phone App > Homburger Menu (right top) > Settings > Blocked Numbers. This will launch you into the blocked numbers screen.  The first menu option let you block any unwanted numbers, please turn on “Block unknown numbers” if you don’t want to answer any unknown numbers. The second choice is to add any numbers to the block list. Here, you can add any contact list or new number to the block list.

Unblock Numbers on Samsung Phones

In future, you may forget which number you have on the blocked list and may lose important calls. Periodically, you can come back to the same Block Numbers settings screen on Samsung to unblock any number. As we mentioned above, open Phone App > Homburger Menu (right top) > Settings > Blocked Numbers. Tap on the “-” button next to any number to remove that number from the blocked list.

Block Unknown Numbers on Phone App

Most new gen phone like Xiaomi comes packed with inbuilt call blocker. This call blocking feature is available right from phone app itself.  This feature enables you to block both messages and calls just by blocking the contact or unknown number. To start, Tap on the Phone App on Android device > Select the phone number you want to block > Block.

Depends on the OS and phone UI, you can select the number with long press or just simple tap. The third screen will bring you more contact related options including the option to bock number. For unknown numbers, i.e., those which aren’t saved could be easily blocked by tapping the “block“ option which pops up from the options screen.

Block unknown number Android

Note: Saved contact can be blocked by simply opening the contact and tapping the options icon on the screen. The options screen displays all contact related features including “blocking option”.

Block Numbers from Contact List

There are some situations, where we get annoying calls right from our contact list numbers. To block the number from contact list is comparatively easy and you can block right from the Contact App on Android. This method directly uses the contact app and easily gives access to the contact which you need to block.

To go head, Open the pre-installed Contact App > select contact number (either by a simple tap or long pressing) > Open the contact screen.

Block Contact Android

Now you are on the contact page of the p[artciular number that you saved before. Now tap on the Hamburger Menu > Tap on Block.  There are additional contact list options on this page including delete contact from your phone.

Block Numbers with Android Inbuilt Security App

Certain Android devices have an additional inbuilt security app which supports the features such as the RAM Cleaner, Data Saver, and the Blocklist. The Redmi note 3 has this inbuilt app giving all these features on a unified platform. I guess this section would be a bit useful to the similar Android UI users.

block number Android with security app

To proceed with this option to block number, open Security App > Tap on the Blocklist icon > Blocked Settings.

Unblock Number Android

This Blocked settings screen brings you lot of options including SMS Block list, Call block list, Call Exceptions, etc. Please select Blocked numbers under MANAGE BLOCKLIST. You can tap on Add icon to add a new number to the list that you want to block.

Unblock Numbers on Android

Well, once you blocked the number, ever wonder how to see blocked numbers on Android? Anytime, you can come back on the above screen and see the list of blocked numbers, if you change your mind. All the blocked contacts could be unblocked by navigating into the blocklist and tapping “unblock” in case you change your mind.

Block Spam Calls with Android Call Blocking Apps

Well, you can’t identify all incoming calls by judging the numbers. There are a bunch of dedicated call blocking apps to do this job for you., These professional call blocking apps are instantly identifying the incoming number and check their spam or market calling number database and alert you. All these processes will complete in a fraction of seconds and inform you about the incoming call. You can set these apps to block all spam and marketing calls if you want. True caller and Call Block list are the numbers on in this category on play store. You can see the best list of Android Apps to Block Unwanted Calls and SMS on our previous article. These apps can do all call blocking and message blocking automatically for you by detecting the number. However, if you want to block a number from our contact list or unknown number, better to follow the procedure we mentioned above.

Contact Carrier to Block Numbers

Another helpful method is to request the network carriers and thereby block certain numbers and restrict access to your contact details.  The network carrier, in turn, blocks the contact for you. This method might be money consuming as certain network carriers charge a specific amount as the subscription charge.

Depends on your requirements there are a variety of options to block numbers on Android. You can block incoming calls on Android manually if you want to block certain numbers. However, if you are receiving a lot of marketing and spam calls, it is not feasible to block all phone numbers manually. In that case, better to depend on these call block apps for Android. These apps have a database of these numbers and you can use them to instantly block all unwanted numbers.

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