How to block private numbers

There are few things more annoying than nuisance phone calls from private numbers. It is bad enough when a caller that you know interrupts you when you’re having a meal, but when it is a cold caller from a call centre, it can be infuriating.

Luckily, most smartphones these days come with an inbuilt feature that can allow you to block incoming calls and messages from hidden numbers, but not everyone knows how to do it.

Android
The steps you need to take will vary a little depending on your phone manufacturer but they are all roughly the same once you open the phone app.

From the phone app tap More > Call Settings > Call Rejection.

Next, tap ‘Auto reject list’ and then toggle the ‘Unknown’ option to the on position and all calls from unknown numbers will be blocked.

If your smartphone doesn’t allow you to block unknown numbers, you can also download call blocking apps such as Extreme Call Blocker.

iPhone
The iPhone process is a little different to Android.

Go into Settings > Do Not Disturb.

Then turn ‘Do Not Disturb on Manual’ and select to only allow calls from your contact list. You can also block repeated calls from the same number getting through within a three-minute period.

If you would like to block only the spam callers without blocking potential hidden numbers that may come from someone you do know, try the TrapCall app.

TrapCall’s spam call blocking will automatically block more than 100,000 known spam numbers from your phone.

Related articles:
TPG blocked emergency calls
Centrelink blocks 60k calls a day
ASIC blocks 250,000 websites

Written by Ben

RELATED LINKS

TPG blocked emergency calls

Telco TPG has been found guilty of failing to provide access to emergency numbers.

Centrelink blocks 60k calls a day

More than 22 million phone calls to Centrelink were blocked in the past year.

ASIC blocks 250,000 websites

ASIC revealed Tuesday that it had ‘accidently' blocked 250,000 websites in March.



SPONSORED LINKS

LOADING MORE ARTICLE...