How to block incoming calls

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How to block incoming calls on mobile

You are interested in understanding how to block incoming calls on your cellular? Then stick to the following guidelines, relating to Android e iPhone. As anticipated at the beginning, you can do this by using the default features of the device or by resorting to the use of some apps designed for this purpose.


How to block incoming calls: Android


One smartphone is possiedi Android and you are interested in understanding how to block incoming calls, the first step you need to take is to start the app Contacts o Address book of the device by selecting the relevant icon (usually it is the one with the phonebook) that you find on the home screen and / or in the drawer.

In the new screen that is shown to you at this point, locate the contact to block and tap his name, then tap the button Menu (usually it is the one with the three dots vertically) located at the top, select the item Block contact / Block from the menu that opens and, if the number does not belong to a spammer, deselect the option Report as spam possibly present. Finally, tap the button Block. From now on, you will no longer receive calls (and SMS) from the user in question

If you then want to block calls from a number not in the address book, you can do this by starting the app Telephone, considering the relative icon (usually it is the one with the telephone cornet) that you find on the home screen and / or in the drawer, by accessing the call log, touching the numbering of your interest, by pressing the button Menu and proceeding in a similar way to how I explained to you a little while ago regarding the contacts in the address book.



In case you have to think again, you can retrace your steps by reaching again the visible Android screen after selecting a contact and choosing, this time, the option Unblock contact / Unblock from the contact operations panel.

Keep in mind that the information I have given you may not exactly coincide with what you see on your mobile phone display. It all depends on the version of Android you are using, as well as the brand and model of your smartphone.

How to block incoming calls: iPhone

If you own a iPhone and you want to block incoming calls from certain numbers, what you need to do is access the Settings (l'icona a forma di ruota d'ingranaggio present on the home screen and / or in the app Library) and select the item Telephone in the displayed screen.

Next, tap on the wording Contacts blockedwho quills Add and choose the contact to block. From now on, all calls (as well as FaceTime conversations and SMS) from the “offending” number will be blocked and you will no longer be disturbed.

Do you want to avoid receiving calls from a number that is not in the iPhone address book, but from which you have already received a few calls? So do this: open the app Telephone selecting the relative icon (Quella with the green background and the white telephone handset) located on the home screen and / or in the app Library, go to the section Recent of the new screen displayed, tap the (I) that you find next to the number you want to block in the proposed list and touch the wording Block contact twice.


If you think about it, you can unblock one or more contacts at any time by going to the section Settings> Phone> Blocked contacts iOS, by tapping on the item Modification located at the top right, by pressing on pulsating circolare rosso that you find next to the contact from which you want to resume receiving calls and by tapping on the button Unlock that appears on the right. Once the changes are complete, touch the wording end, which is always at the top of the screen, to save changes.


App to block incoming calls

As I have already mentioned, in addition to using the integrated functions on your smartphone, you can block incoming calls using some Whatsapp think just for the purpose in question, in particular to avoid receiving phone calls from call centers, business inquiries and various annoyances.

There are plenty of applications of this kind. Personally, I invite you to try the ones that you find in the following list and that I consider to be among the best. Happy download!

  • Hiya (Android / iOS) - application that allows you to identify calls and block annoying numbers and messages, using a database that is updated by user feedback. It does not require number sharing to work. It's free, but in-app purchases are offered and a subscription is required on the iPhone (at a cost of € 1,99 / month) to activate call blocking.
  • Should I Answer (Android / iOS) - this is a very efficient solution that allows you to identify and block calls coming from annoyances and that does not require sharing your number in a public directory. The numbering database it relies on is enriched by the feedback released by the users themselves. It's free, but in-app purchases are offered and a subscription is required on the iPhone (at a cost of € 1,99 / month) to activate call blocking.
  • Truecaller (Android / iOS) - renowned app that "silences" calls from unwanted numbers and automatically blocks phone calls made by annoyances and anonymous numbers, thanks to databases containing the numbers of known call centers, scammers and annoyances. Note that it can only be used after accepting the sharing of your mobile number in its database. By doing so, the user's number is made public and can be easily found in the Truecaller database. It's free, but by subscribing to the Pro version of the service (with costs starting from 3,99 euros per month) you can also search starting from a person's name and then go back to his number and on the iPhone it is possible to have a more extended the list of annoyances and activate the automatic updating of the same.
  • Calls Blacklist (Android) - as easily understood from the name itself, this is an app whose main function is to create a black list with the numbers to block, preventing them from receiving calls (and SMS). It also allows you to save and import numbers that are added to the blacklist to another device.

How to block incoming calls from unknown number

The idea that a number not in the phone book can call you, then a unknown number, you don't like it and, therefore, would you like to understand if there is a way to avoid this type of phone calls? If so, I'm happy to let you know that you can deal with this using a dedicated feature offered by both Android that iPhone. To find out more, read on.



How to block incoming calls from unknown Android number

If you want to block incoming calls from unknown numbers on your smartphone Android, first start the app Telephoneby selecting the relevant icon (usually it is the one with the telephone cornet) present on the home screen and / or in the drawer.

In the new screen that you now see, tap the button Menu (usually it is the one with the three dots vertically) at the top, select the option Settings from the menu that opens, touch the item Block numbers e carries his ON l'interruttore che trovi accanto alla dicitura Block unknown callers.

After activating the filter in question, when a call arrives on your device from an unknown number, it will be blocked automatically and you will receive a notification concerning the blocking, without you being actually disturbed by the phone call.

If you have second thoughts, you can disable the block to unknown numbers at any time by going back to the Android screen above and bringing up OFF l'interruttore che trovi accanto alla voce Block unknown callers.

Even in this case, I would like to point out that the indications I have just given you may not exactly coincide with what you see on your mobile phone display. It all depends on the version of Android installed and the brand and model of the smartphone.

How to block incoming calls from unknown iPhone number

If you own a iPhone and you want to block calls from numbers you don't know, all you have to do is log in to Settings (l'icona a forma di ruota d'ingranaggio found on the home screen and / or in the app library).

In the new screen you now see, select the wording Telephonewho quills Silence unknown numbers, dopodiché carries his ON the switch you find on the next screen and that's it. From now on, all calls made from unknown numbers will be automatically forwarded to the answering machine. However, the call will be visible in the recent calls list.

In case you have second thoughts, you can deactivate the function simply by going to the above screen and moving to OFF the appropriate switch.

How to block incoming calls: WhatsApp

You ended up on this tutorial of mine because you are interested in finding out how to block incoming calls received on WhatsApp? Well, know that it is feasible and that, moreover, it is a real breeze, whether it is "simple" phone calls or video calls, both on Android and iOS. For more information, see my specific guides on how to disable WhatsApp calls and how to block video calls on WhatsApp.

How to block incoming calls on landline

As also written in the opening, blocking incoming calls is also feasible on the fixed, at least on most phones with displays and settings menus. In general, therefore, it is possible to take advantage of these features by accessing the menu of settings of the device or the one used for management of phone calls and typing unwanted numbers into Blacklists.

To give a practical example, on cordless phones belonging to the range Gigaset, to create a black list with the numbers from which to avoid receiving calls, press the button Do not disturb (I cheer with the manina) on the keypad, choose the item Black List from the menu on the display and confirm the selection by pressing in the center of the directional button on the dialer (the numeric keypad), by choosing the option first Modificationwhy are you cheating? Numbers blocked and the voice New. Next, just type the telephone number to lock and select OK to confirm everything.

On fixed phones that are not equipped with a settings menu, the same result can be obtained by contacting the customer care of your fixed telephone operator and requesting, in fact, the “remote” activation of the blocking of calls from certain numbers. Unlike what is possible to do by going to the phone settings, in these cases it may be necessary to incur costs to enable and use the option and the use of the answering machine can be envisaged.

Is your problem only advertising calls? If so, you can block incoming calls by contacting the Public Register of Oppositions. Haven't you ever heard of it? I'll explain immediately what it is: it is a service sponsored by the Ministry of Economic Development through which you can remove your telephone number from the availability of call center operators, leaving it in the telephone directories anyway.

You can find more details about the systems I have described to you earlier in my specific guide on how to block unwanted calls on landlines and in my post on how to avoid advertising calls.

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