If you’re tired of getting calls from telemarketers or scammers, there are some easy steps you can take to block those numbers from calling you ever again. All phones can block certain numbers from being able to call, so here’s how to do it.
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- Which phone blocking app should I use?
- How does this work?
- What if I change my mind?
- My problem isn’t solved. Can I get help?
Your phone ringing doesn’t always mean it’s someone you want to talk to. Sometimes, it’s just a telemarketer or an ex who won’t leave you alone — which is why many people want to block certain phone numbers from calling them in the first place. This guide on how to block a number from calling you will walk you through the process of blocking unwanted callers on iOS and Android devices, as well as landlines and VoIP numbers. First, let’s learn about how phone numbers work…
Which phone blocking app should I use?
With so many apps and services to choose from, it can be difficult to tell which phone-blocking app is right for you. There are paid and free options available, so knowing your budget will help guide your decision. Read on for a rundown of some of our favorite phone-blocking apps and see which one is best for you. HowStuffWorks lists top smartphone apps every person should know about: 10 apps every smartphone user should use – By Donna Moritz As cell phones became popular in America over 20 years ago, most people probably figured their handheld devices would mainly be used to place calls or check email — but they likely never guessed at all of the things that people can do with their phones today, especially how seamlessly smartphones are integrated into everyday life in 2018
How does this work?
The FTC says it’s okay for telemarketers, debt collectors, and others to use robocalls or texts—even if you don’t have an established business relationship with them. The only way for them not to contact you again is by asking them not to. When you get such a call, ask whether you’re on their do-not-call list and, if so, tell them you want to be removed. (You can get help removing your number at dontcall.gov.) If they say they aren’t calling on behalf of an established business relationship, ask them not to call again.
My problem isn’t solved. Can I get help?
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What if I change my mind?
Blocking a phone number will stop calls, but it doesn’t necessarily prevent that person from calling back with another number. If you know or are concerned about how persistent your harasser might be, consider alerting authorities. To do so, block your harasser and file complaints with both your local law enforcement agency and the FCC at www.fcc.gov/complaints. The more information you can provide in your complaint—such as exact times of calls, dates of harassing texts or photos—the more helpful it will be for police and regulators