Stopping ‘junk calls’

Over the past two years I have found the number of unwanted calls from telemarketers, my bank, health fund, gym or any other organisation I have joined has increased significantly. Working between 9.00am and 5.30pm, I won’t answer any call from a blocked number or even any phone number which isn’t in my phone. If the call is important, a message will be left on my voicemail and I will return the call at lunchtime or at the end of the working day.

I am of the age that if something is considered junk or not-important in the form of an email, it goes straight into my junk box to be sorted through later and that is exactly what I wanted on my phone. I have listed below a way to implement such a system on both an iPhone and Android device.

From the home screen press the ‘Settings’ buttons. Press the 7th option down named ‘Notifications’. Press on ‘Do Not Disturb’. Turn ‘Scheduled’ on and set a ‘Do Not Disturb’ timeframe.

Under the ‘Allow Calls From’ section, choose ‘Favorites’. Finally, turn ‘Repeated Calls’ to on. This means that if someone no in your ‘Favorites’ list calls you twice in three minutes, you will receive the call.

At the top-left of the screen press ‘Notifications’ and then again ‘Settings’. In the settings screen, if it hasn’t already been switched to on, turn the ‘Do Not Disturb’ button to on.

Now you need to set your most important numbers to ‘Favorites’. To do this, press the circular home button. From the home screen click on the ‘Phone’ button. The bottom left menu option is ‘Favorites’, press on it. You can now add people to this list by pressing the plus button at the top right and selecting them from your contacts list.

The ‘junk call’ filter will only work when your phone is in a locked state.

Unlike the iPhone, the Contacts+ App has a feature built in which allows you to add a number to your blocked list, which will send any of their calls straight to voicemail. Technology website CNET has recently posted an easy walk-through for any Android user to set this up.

Written by Drew

Starting out as a week of work experience in 2005 while studying his Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University, Drew has never left his post and has been with the company ever since, working on the websites digital needs. Drew has a passion for all things technology which is only rivalled for his love of all things sport (watching, not playing).