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How to block unwanted calls on your cell phone |  Practical guide

How to block unwanted calls on your cell phone | Practical guide


Find out how to block unwanted calls on your Android or iOS phone to avoid telemarketing calls, scams and the like

There are native solutions on Android and iPhone to block unwanted calls on your cell phone. In addition to options to ban calls from specific numbers, there are tools to identify whether a phone is spam or not.



How to stop unwanted calls

Here’s how to identify and block unwanted calls:

On Android

Unlike the native mobile app SAMSUNGthe phone Google does not automatically block unwanted calls. Instead, you can activate caller ID to find out if a phone number is spam and then block it:

  1. Go to Google Phone (Android);
  2. Enter the settings;
  3. Go to “Caller ID and Spam”;
  4. Select the “View Caller ID and Spam” option.



  5. How to activate the Google Phone spam identifier (Image: Screenshot/Bruno De Blasi/Canaltech)

After activating the identifier, you can now block phone numbers used for spam and prevent further calls:

  1. Return to the app home page;
  2. Go to the “Recent” tab;
  3. Press and hold the unwanted call record;
  4. Tap “Block/Report as spam”;
  5. Confirm with “Block”.


  6. How to block numbers on Google Phone (Image: Screenshot/Bruno De Blasi/Canaltech)

On Samsung cell phones

Find out how to limit unwanted calls on Samsung cell phones:

  1. Open the Phone app;
  2. Access the settings;
  3. Enter “Caller ID & Spam Protection”;
  4. Activate the function;
  5. Activate blocking of spam and scam calls.


  6. How to block unwanted calls on Samsung cell phones (Image: Screenshot/Bruno De Blasi/Canaltech)

After activation you need to choose one of the two options to avoid unwanted calls on your Your mobile phone:

  • Block all spam and scam calls: All calls considered spam and scams will be vetoed;
  • Only block high-risk fraudulent calls: Only calls considered a threat will be blocked: recommended to avoid missing important phone calls from the bank, responses to selection processes and the like.

On iOS

iOS does not have native identifiers, but you can install Whoscall to recognize the origin of the call before answering and subsequently block the number:

  1. Download Whoscall and open the app (iOS);
  2. Turn on notifications;
  3. Access the iOS Settings app;
  4. Go to “Phone” and enter “Block and identification”;
  5. Activate Whoscall;
  6. Return to Whoscall;
  7. Tap “Start download” and wait for completion;
  8. Press the “Finish” button.


  9. How to activate Whoscall on iPhone (Image: Screenshot/Bruno De Blasi/Canaltech)

After activation, the application will help you identify whether a call is spam or not. Then simply block unwanted phone numbers:

  1. Open the Phone app;
  2. Access the “Recent” tab;
  3. Tap the “i” next to the phone and it will be blocked;
  4. Press “Block caller”;
  5. Confirm with “Block contact”.


  6. How to block numbers on iPhone (Image: Screenshot/Bruno De Blasi/Canaltech)

You can too block unknown calls to restrict that only those who have been added to your contact list can call your phone. Another alternative is use the Do Not Disturb list to avoid telemarketing.

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Source: Terra

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