How To Block a Number on Android

How To Block A Number On Android

Credit card offer calls or spammers bothering you? Or maybe it’s a stalking ex that you can’t shake off. Let’s block ’em!

There are several ways to block numbers on Android devices so you don’t have to go through the ordeal of rejecting unwanted calls. 

Some things to keep in mind before blocking someone:

  • Blocking a number on your Android means they can’t reach you via calls or SMS. However, you can still call and text them.
  • Blocking a number won’t restrict that person from contacting you on other apps like WhatsApp, Messenger, or Instagram.

Method #1: Block a number from your your contacts

If the person you want to block is in your phone’s Contacts, follow these steps to block them.

  1. Open the Phone app.

    Phone App
    Go to the phone app

  2. Go to Contacts and tap on the contact you want to block.

    Block Contacts Select
    Select the contact you want to block.

  3. Tap on the ellipsis icon in the top right corner of your screen.

    Ellipsis icon
    Press on the ellipsis icon to find the block option.

  4. Click on the option that says Block numbers.

    Block Contacts Options
    Select the Block number option.

  5. On the pop-up, Report as spam if it is a spam caller. Finally, select on Block to block the number.
    Block Contacts Confirmation
    Block the selected contact.

    Congratulations! You’ve successfully blocked this contact.

Method #2: Block a number from your call log

Use this option if you want to block a number that recently called you (or you’ve recently called). The Call Log appears on my phone under the Recents tab in the Phone app. On other Android devices, the call log may be called Call history or something similar.

To block a number from the call log:

  1. Go to your Phone app.

    Phone App
    Go to the phone app

  2. Navigate to the Recents tab (essentially, your call log). Then, long-press the number you want to block. Select Block/report junk.

    Block Recents Options
    Long press on the number you want to block in the Recents tab.

  3. You can check the option Report call as spam on the pop-up screen. Confirm by clicking Block. You will no longer receive calls or texts from this number!

    Block Recents Confirm
    Click block to confirm.

Method #3: Block a number from Settings

If you haven’t saved or recently made or received calls to the number you want to block, you can block it using Settings.

The interface of the call log settings differs between Android devices, but again, you can apply the general process to all variations. Here’s how to block a number from Settings:

  1. Go to your Phone app.

    Phone App
    Go to the phone app

  2. Tap on the ellipsis at the top right corner and select Settings.

    Block Contact Settings
    Go to settings from the phone app.

  3. Select Blocked numbers.

    Block Settings Options
    Select the blocked numbers option.

  4. Click on the option to Add a Phone Number. Next, enter the number you want to block.

    Block Settings Enter Number
    Enter the number you want to block.

  5. Finish the process by tapping Block. This number is now added to your block list.

Method #4: Block a number from the Messages app

If you’ve communicated with the number you want to block using SMS, you can use Messages to block that number.

Note: the process may vary slightly based on the Android device.

  1. Go to your Messages app.

    Messaging App
    Navigate to your messaging app.

  2. Long press the conversation with the number you want to block.
  3. Click on the ellipsis on the top-right and select the Block option.

    Block Messages Select
    Select the sender you want to block and click the vertical ellipsis.

  4. On the confirmation pop-up, you can Report spam if necessary. Click OK to finish the process.
    Block Messages Confirm
    Click OK to block and report spam.

    Note: Even though you’re blocking a number from the Messages app, all calls from that number will be blocked too.

Method #5: Block a number using third-party apps

You can also use one of many third-party apps to block a number on Android. Make sure you choose a reliable one – you can check ratings and reviews before installing the app. Here are some popular ones to get you started:

  1. Truecaller
  2. Hiya
  3. Should I Answer?
  4. Calls Blacklist

Phoebe is an HR assistant in her day job, but is also a web blogger that loves writing guides and sharing her experiences. When she is not out with her friends, she enjoys traveling or binge-watching Netflix. She graduated with a BA in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Utah, and is a chief editor at TechObservatory.

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