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How to block calls on Android | Digital Trends Spanish


Tired of strangers calling you to talk about your car warranty or life insurance? And what about those who pretend to represent a bank to talk about a supposed problem with your card? With a few clicks, you can silence those annoying voices. Learn how to block calls on Android.

Because Android is not visually consistent with all cell phone manufacturers, we cover the most popular ones – Samsung, HTC, and LG – along with devices running basic Android 11. We also suggest some third-party apps to perform the same function.

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Note– The methods for blocking calls vary slightly depending on the version of Android that you are running on your device. There are many tutorials for every Android device you can imagine. Take a look at Youtube or on the XDA Developers Forum to find a specific option for your phone if the following solutions don’t work for you.

How to block calls in the basic version of Android 11

If you use a cell phone like the Google Pixel 5, which runs a basic version of Android 11, you can easily block a call directly from the Phone app.

From Phone app Settings

Step 1: tap to open the app Phone.

Step 2: touches More options on the three dots icon in the upper right.

Step 3: touches Settings found on the menu.

Step 4: touches Blocked Numbers (or Call Blocking).

Step 5: touches Add a Number to add a specific number or tap the button Toggle next to A stranger to block all unknown numbers.

From the call history of the Phone app

From the call history, you can disconnect incoming calls from specific numbers.

Step 1: tap to open the app Phone.

Step 2:touches More options on the three dots icon in the upper right.

Step 3: touches Call History found on the menu.

Step 4: play the number you want to block.

Step 5: touches Block / Report Spam.

Step 6: An option will appear to report the number as spam. Tap to deselect if the number is not spam and then tap the button To block.

From the Phone app’s contact list

If there is a particularly persistent family member, friend, or ex whose number you have saved, blocking it is very easy.

Step 1: tap to open the app Phone.

Step 2: tap the tab Contacts (edit).

Step 3: tap the Contact you want to block.

Step 4: touches More options on the three dots icon in the upper right.

Step 5: Tap Block Numbers from the menu.

Step 6: An option will appear to report the number as spam. Tap to deselect if the number is not spam and then tap the button To block.

Note: You can also touch Direct to Voicemail in the More Options menu if you prefer to keep the number unlocked, but you no longer want to hear the ringing of the call.

From the Messages app

Step 1: tap to open the app Messages.

Step 2: keep your finger pressing on some message.

Step 3: Tap the Lock icon (the circle with a line through it) in the upper right corner.

How to block calls on a Samsung phone

If you have a Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus (or any other Samsung phone), it’s easy to block unwanted calls.

From the Settings of the Phone app

Step 1: tap to open the app Phone.

Step 2: touches More options on the three dots icon in the upper right.

Step 3: touches Settings found on the menu.

Step 4: Touch Blocked Numbers (or Call Blocking).

Step 5: touches Add a Phone Number to add a specific number or tap the button Toggle next to Block Unknown Users to block all unknown numbers.

Note: On this screen, you can also remove blocked numbers, or add a number by tapping the Recent or Contacts button.

From the tab Recent from the Phone app.

Step 1: tap to open the Phone app.

Step 2: tap the Recent tab at the bottom.

Step 3: keep your finger pressing on the number you want to block.

Step 4: Tap the lock icon displayed in the lower right corner.

From the Contacts tab of the Phone app

Step 1: tap to open the app Phone.

Step 2: tap the Contacts tab at the end.

Step 3: keep your finger pressing on the contact you want to block.

Step 4: Tap the More Options icon in the upper right corner.

Step 5: tap block contact found in the menu.

How to block calls on an HTC phone

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HTC, like Samsung, has integrated call blocking, as in the HTC U12 Plus. Here we tell you how using the Phone app.

Use the call history of the Phone app

Step 1: tap to open the app Phone.

Step 2: tap the tab Call History.

Step 3: keep your finger pressing on the contact number you want to block.

Step 4: Choose Block contact or Block user.

Note: You can see a list of blocked contacts by tapping the three dots icon in the upper right corner when the call history tab is active. You find them under Blocked Contacts.

Use the Messages app

Step 1: tap to open the app Messages.

Step 2: keep your finger pressing on it Contact number you want to block.

Step 3: touches Block contact.

How to block calls on an LG cell phone

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Blocking numbers on LG devices is relatively easy, including the LG G8X ThinQ dual-screen phone.

Use the Call Log tab of the Phone app

Step 1: tap to open the app Phone.

Step 2: tap the tab Call Log.

Step 3: tap the icon Info that appears next to the contact or number you want to block.

Step 4: touches To block.

Use the Dial tab of the Phone app

Step 1: tap the tab Dial.

Step 2: Tap the three dots menu icon located in the upper right corner.

Step 3: touches Call Settings.

Step 4: touches Call Block & Reject with Messages.

Step 5: touches Blocked Numbers.

Step 6: tap the icon Add.

Step 7: select one of the following options:

  • Contacts (edit)– tap on it Contact what do you want to block and then touch Done.
  • Call Logs– tap on it Number what do you want to block and then touch Done.
  • New number– type the Phone number and then touch To block.

Block calls with an Android app

If none of the other options suit you, or if you just want a friendlier way to block calls on your Android smartphone, then an app dedicated to it might be your best option. Here are five solid options.

Should I Answer?

Should I Answer not your average call blocker. It is capable of blocking specific numbers or all phone numbers, except the ones in your contact list, of course, but the real hook is its extensive database of known telemarketing or telemarketing numbers and premium rates.

When you get a phone call, Should I Answer displays a brief description and user reviews of the incoming number, plus the option to leave your own rating or add the number to a private block list.

Should I Answer it also features some of the strongest call blocking features of any app in its category. You can automatically filter calls from hidden numbers, premium numbers, foreign countries, and numbers below a certain review threshold.

Perhaps best of all, all the aforementioned functions work offline – the app saves a small copy of the grade database locally.

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RoboKiller

With a strong database of more than 1.1 million numbers, RoboKiller it will automatically block a large number of spam calls and automated phone calls. You even have reply bots to choose from that are designed to annoy telemarketers themselves. The block list is updated frequently, and you can check the blocked calls in your recent calls list. Even hear why they called you. Your problem? It is a subscription service, so after the seven-day free trial, you will have to pay $ 3 per month to continue using it.

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Contact your operator

Most operators can block calls. Verizon offers this service for free, as does Sprint.

There are some limitations, for example Verizon only allows you to block up to five lines and you will have to re-block the lines every 90 days. However, if you are willing to pay $ 5 per month, you can block up to 20 contacts through Verizon Smart Family.

You also have access to the Call Filter feature ($ 3 per month), which analyzes calls, automatically blocks spam, and reports unwanted numbers.

AT&T users who want to block unwanted numbers should review the AT&T Call Protect app. You can access more features with AT&T Call Protect Plus, but you have to pay an extra $ 4 per month. T-Mobile offers a number blocking through the T-Mobile service. Family Permits for only $ 5 per month.

Other options to block calls on Android

There are plenty of other Android apps specifically designed to block calls, but take the time to read the reviews carefully and make a good selection before opting for an alternative.

Many of these applications conflict with antivirus applications and, speaking of Android security applications, if you already have Avast Mobile Security installed, there is an option to filter calls and SMS messages that allows you to block contacts.

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