Block Calls: How to Easily Block Unwanted Calls on Your iPhone
26 Jun 2015
26 Jun 2015
Whether we admit it or not, the majority of us are addicted to our smartphones. A 2019 study reported that the average American spends almost 3 HOURS PER DAY on their mobile device! The top 20 percent spend up to 4 hours and 30 minutes on their phones each day. You know that shocking figure is true based on the amounts of time spent looking at Facebook, Instagram, swiping through a dating app, or checking multiple email accounts.
We spend a lot of time on our phones. We use them for entertainment, information, fitness, and managing our lives, What happens when we start getting unwanted calls? Simple. We block unwanted calls. Luckily, blocking phone calls is easy.
Everyone receives unwanted calls whether they’re from telemarketers, robocallers, surveys or debt collectors. Call blocking is a technology that allows the user to stop unwanted calls from registering on their phone. The technology works on smartphones, landlines, and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) numbers. Be aware that call blocking may block legitimate numbers. However, the caller can leave a voicemail, allowing users to return the call.
In addition to setting the call blocking feature on the individual device, users can contact their service providers. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and others offer call blocking services. The feature must be added to the regular service and may incur a small fee.
Smartphone usage continues to grow exponentially. Few people use landlines since they aren’t portable or convenient. We live in the information age and our personal information is everywhere, intentionally or not. We sign up for rewards cards, contests, coupons, apps, and games. We create logins for almost everything. Personal information is kept in databases and sold to third party companies. Numbers fall into the hands of telemarketers, robocallers, and hackers. People begin to call, sometimes relentlessly. We get annoyed and want the calls to stop. Companies using robocallers and scammers using spoofed numbers are the worst offenders.
Scammers use technology to create or use fake phone numbers, also known as “spoofing.” Spoofing allows the scammers to trick people into picking up the phone. People answer calls more often when the number appears local. Numbers with the same area code or local exchange seem more important than unknown numbers. Scammers will also spoof numbers of people you may know.
Government imposter scams commonly use spoofed numbers. The numbers correspond to government agencies. The caller uses a prepared pitch to scare people into giving out financial information or to wire money. The con artist requests a prepaid card or gift card to settle a fake bill or tax debt. Common scams involve spoofed calls from the IRS and the Social Security Administration. Learn more about common phone scams.
Anyone receiving a suspicious call should hang up immediately. Don’t “opt out” of receiving calls or engage anyone in conversation. Just hang up and report the call to the FTC. If the call is local, contact the police.
Blocking unwanted phone calls on a smartphone is simple. Phone settings allow users to block incoming calls, text messages, and other requests.
Follow these steps for your iPhone to block phone calls, text messages, and FaceTime requests.
iOS 13 has introduced some additional ways to block annoying callers. Go to your iPhone's Settings and scroll down to "Phone".
From "Phone" you can choose to "Silence Unknown Callers." This setting when turned on will send unknown callers directly to voicemail. The calls and phone numbers will still show up on your Recents list, however your phone will not ring.
You'll still receive incoming calls from those in your contacts, any recent outgoing calls, and Siri suggestions.
Below "Silence Unknown Callers" you should also see "Call Blocking & Identification." If you have our caller ID and block iPhone app installed, you'll see the option to turn on our call blocking and identification service. This free service will automatically block calls from phone numbers with a Trust Factor below 10 and will identify any incoming calls from numbers which we have free listings available on.
Additionally, you can also manage and add new phone numbers to your "Blocked Contacts List" from "Phone."
Android phones differ slightly depending upon the model of the phone. The following steps are for a Samsung Galaxy.
The next time you get phone calls from a scamming robocaller, annoying ex, or telemarketer, you don't have to change your phone number. Follow the instructions and your phone will no longer ring when a blocked number calls. Instead, the incoming call will be forwarded to voicemail.
Call blocking apps add extra protection to smartphones and devices. Users block unwanted numbers, manage blocked contacts, and keep a record of blocked calls. Apps give the option to:
Blocking calls and text messages eliminates the stress of talking to unwanted callers and exposing yourself to possible scams. CallerSmart provides an easy way to look up unknown numbers and warn others about annoying callers. You can follow our in-app instructions on how to block callers and register on the FTC National Do Not Call Registry. Our reverse phone lookup + caller ID app can be downloaded for free from the App Store for your iPhone.