Blocking restricted calls on Android and iPhone can help you avoid spam, telemarketers, and other unwanted calls. The methods vary slightly between the two platforms, so we’ll cover them separately.
Block individual numbers: This is the most basic method and works for both known and unknown restricted numbers.
- Open your phone’s call log.
- Find the entry for the restricted call you want to block.
- Tap on the information icon (usually an “i” or a circle with a lowercase “i” inside) next to the number.
- Tap on “Block number” or “Block contact.”
Use a call blocking app: Many third-party apps can block calls from specific numbers, area codes, or even entire categories like spam or telemarketers. Some popular options include Hiya, Truecaller, and CallApp.
Enable Do Not Disturb mode: This mode silences all calls and notifications except for those from your favorites list. It’s a good temporary solution if you’re expecting important calls but want to avoid being bothered by restricted numbers.
Contact your carrier: Some carriers offer call blocking services that can be enabled on your account. This can be a good option if you’re having trouble blocking calls with the methods above.
Silence Unknown Callers: This feature will send calls from numbers not in your contacts straight to voicemail.
- Go to Settings > Phone.
- Tap on “Silence Unknown Callers.”
Block individual numbers: Similar to Android, you can block specific numbers, even if they are restricted.
- Open the Phone app and go to the Recents tab.
- Tap on the information icon (i) next to the number you want to block.
- Scroll down and tap on “Block Contact.”
Use a call blocking app: There are also many call blocking apps available for iPhone. Some popular options includeHiya, Nomorobo, and RoboKiller.
Enable Do Not Disturb mode: Just like on Android, Do Not Disturb mode silences all calls and notifications except for those from your favorites list.
Contact your carrier: As with Android, some carriers offer call blocking services that can be enabled on your account.
- Be careful when blocking numbers, as you may accidentally block someone you want to hear from.
- If you’re not sure whether a number is restricted, you can try searching it online or using a caller ID app.
- Keep your phone’s software up to date, as this can help to fix bugs and improve security.