Throughout the day we may receive more calls from the account, and none of them are of interest to us. Most of these are from advertising, spam, and even phone scams. And not only this, but we can receive them from people with whom we no longer want to have any type of contact. But, for our luck, this annoyance will have a happy ending, because we can block them from our mobile phone.
Not only can we get our iPhone or Android to block all those spam calls, but we can also block them from a specific number, so that in this way we stop continuously calling the same phone over and over again. Everything will depend on what we want, so we will give you different processes so that your smartphone rejects these without you having to continually hang up the mobile or put it in do not disturb mode.
Block them from the phone
Maybe, when the time comes, or for some other reason, you need to block all calls . Therefore, it is time to see how we can block them on our mobile device, whether Android or iOS, and regardless of the operator you have contracted. In addition, we can block all calls at once so that no one else continues to bother us. Although, later, we will see how you can do it individually for each phone number you want.
From an Android phone we have two options to block calls: block all calls from unknown numbers or block a specific contact. The route will depend on the brand of your smartphone and the model because we must follow some steps or others that will vary depending on the version of Android, etc. But all models allow us to access blocked numbers or the black list.
In the Phone or Phonebook application we can add numbers to the blocked or trusted contacts list.
- Open the Phone app
- Tap on the three dots in the upper right corner
- Go to Settings> calls.
Here we will have a series of options that will allow us to configure different aspects. But, the option that interests us is the Call restriction. Therefore, choose the SIM card slot that you have active and select the Call restriction option. Once inside, you simply have to check the All incoming calls option. However, depending on the customization layer of our Android we will find other options such as Set filters where we will have a series of alternatives such as:
- Block all incoming calls.
- Filter unknown numbers.
- Filter private / held numbers.
To block all incoming calls on the iPhone we must make use of the Do not disturb mode of iOS, which we will find in the section on Concentration modes as of iOS 15 .
Do not disturb mode has certain customizations that allow you to activate it manually or schedule it at a certain time, but the option that interests us is the one related to incoming calls. And, in the case of iPhones, we will not have a filter within the Phone app, so we must use this utility to mark a more limited filter. However, it is also possible to enable calls from those contacts, including favorite contacts, who call repeatedly in a few minutes, by enabling the Repeated calls option.
To find this option, you will have to follow these steps, although we have done it with an iPhone with iOS 15:
- Go to settings> Concentration modes.
- Click on Do not disturb.
- Tap People under Allowed Notifications.
- Click Add and select the contacts you want.
- Finally, click on Calls from, where you will have to choose between: Everyone, Nobody, Favorites and All contacts.
Block numbers individually
However, as we have already been warning you, we will not only have the possibility of restricting all incoming calls from our Android phone and iPhone, but we will also have an alternative to block them from a specific number, as perhaps in our case It is only one person who does not leave us alone.
To prevent a specific person from calling you, you can access the phone book and add it to the legal list , which is commonly known as completely blocking it from being able to call you. Therefore, you must follow the following steps, although they may vary depending on the customization layer of the manufacturer of your phone:
- Access the Phone app.
- Click on the three points in the upper right corner.
- Go to Settings> Blocked numbers> Add a number.
On iPhone you can also block contacts that you don’t want to bother you. To do this, you will have to add them to a kind of black list so that they cannot contact you by following these steps:
- Go to the Phone app
- Open the calendar or the Recent button.
- Tap on the Information icon ‘i’ next to the number or contact.
- Scroll down and tap on Block this contact .
Calls in apps
It may also be that you do not use the conventional function, but use other apps. For example, in the case of WhatsApp we will not only have the option to configure that it cannot call us, but also speak. To do this, follow the following steps:
- Access the WhatsApp conversation with that contact
- Once inside, click on the three points in the upper right corner
- Go to the More option.
- Select the Block contact option. There, it will allow you two options: Block or report and block
- Check Block.
On the other hand, if you are more of Telegram , you can also easily do it so that that person stops trying to talk to you on the phone, or even, so that they can not send you any type of message through this application. Therefore, you must follow these steps:
- Open the Telegram application on your mobile.
- Tap on the three lines in the upper left corner.
- Go to the application menu and open the settings.
- Open the Privacy and security section.
- Here we have to look for Calls.
- Tap on this button and choose between these options: All, My contacts and Nobody. In addition, you can add users or exceptions to choose who can or cannot call you.
However, these two examples can be applied in other applications on our phones that allow video calls, messages or calls, as could be the case with Skype. Therefore, you will only have to apply these steps in a similar way.
The Robinson List
Not only will we have these own tools that both Android and iPhone phones offer us, but we will also give you an extra service with which you can also specifically restrict advertising spam calls so that you will not be contacted again at your phone number .
We are referring to the Robinson List service, which is quite unknown in Spain, but which will be really useful. We are facing a database in which you can sign up for, free of charge, avoid the different advertising spam calls from companies to which you have not given your consent to be harassed with untimely calls.
Simply, you must register on this list and indicate that you do not want to receive advertising calls (or SMS or whatever you want).
How are they unlocked?
Maybe you no longer want to have a particular contact or number on your blacklist for whatever reason. Well, rest assured, you can always easily unlock it from your Android mobile and iPhone. In the case of phones with the Google operating system, we will have to follow the following process:
- Open the Phone app.
- Tap on the three dots.
- Tap Settings> Blocked numbers.
- Next to the number you want to unblock, tap Delete> Unblock .
However, in the case of iPhones we will not have to enter the Phone application itself, but we will have to enter its settings:
- Access settings> Phone.
- Click on the Blocked Contacts option.
- Tap on Edit and remove it from the list by clicking on the button in red.