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How to block phone numbers in iOS, Android, and Windows Phone

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How to block phone numbers in iOS, Android, and Windows Phone
Having a cell phone is both a blessing and a curse. The great thing about owning one is that you can call friends and family at any time, from any place. What's not so great, however, is that sometimes you might get bothered by people who you don't want to be bothered by. Think old girlfriends, debt collectors, that guy offering you a "killer" deal on car insurance, you get the idea. Of course, you can always give your carrier a call and ask them to block certain phone numbers for you. But in case you're a smartphone user, you should be able to block them yourself. Here's how you block phone numbers in iOS 7, Android, and Windows Phone 8.

iOS


Blacklisting specific people or phone numbers in iOS 7 is actually a fairly simple process thanks to the blocking feature built into the system. If it is a contact that you'd like to have blocked, go to your Phone app, open that contact's details, scroll down to the bottom of the page and hit "Block this Caller". If it is a specific number that you need blacklisted, find it in your recent calls list, tap on the "i" icon, scroll down and you'll see the "Block this Caller" option. Note that blocking a number rejects not only calls, but also texts sent from it. FaceTime calls get blocked as well. Rejected calls will, however, appear in your log with the blocked person's name or number in red.


Android


Blocking contacts and phone numbers in Android can be done in one of two ways: either with the help of an app made for the purpose, or from your device's Phone application. The tricky part, however, is that not all Android devices have the latter feature built in. Some that do include recent Samsung, LG, and HTC phones. If you own a Samsung device, open your Phone app, hit the "Menu" button, and choose "Call settings". The very first option in the list is what you need – "Call rejection". Open that menu and add the numbers you need blocked to that list. The process is pretty much identical on a newer LG handset. On an HTC phone running Sense UI version 5 and above, open your Phonebook and tap on the "Menu" button in the upper right corner. Choose "Blocked contacts" and add the numbers you need blocked to that list.

Alternatively, there are many apps on the Play store that can block unwanted calls and texts. Mr. Number is one of the most popular among them. It will block the numbers you specify, or prevent anyone with a hidden phone number from disturbing you. Plus, you can report spam text messages so that other users don't get bothered by them. You can get Mr. Number for free from the Play store.


Windows Phone


To be able to blacklist people on a Windows Phone 8 device you need to have the GDR2 software up and running on it. You may still need an extra app, however. That is Nokia's call+SMS filter application, which is available on the WP Marketplace. When installed, it adds the blocking option to your handset's Phone app. Hold your finger on the number you need blocked until the menu appears and it should be right there. Or if you prefer, go to your Settings menu and scroll down to the very bottom. That's where the call+SMS filter section is. That's also where you remove entries from your list of blocked numbers. The call+SMS filter app is free and you can get it from here.

How to block phone numbers in iOS, Android, and Windows Phone

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posted on 07 Feb 2014, 14:56

1. papss (Posts: 3388; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


I was going to say that wp8 has a blacklist option

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 16:07

2. wilsong17 (Posts: 258; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


in the note 3 you can all the number to spam and no calls will be allowed

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 17:08 1

3. networkdood (Posts: 5512; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Prior to iOS 7 - you could not find a good call blocking app for an iphone. With Android, you have a ton of choices - apps and sometimes the device has it built in - with the apps, they offer more choices than iOS 7 or even built in to some of the Android phones...

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 18:01 1

4. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5637; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Man u don't know how many apps i tried on Android too find a good quality app to block unwanted calls on my phone.

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 01:07 1

5. joey_sfb (Posts: 1973; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Just use the build in phone dialer. Apps is when you want to get creative with options to log or route. The below apps has anti malware, privacy protection, junk files removal, call and sms blocker all in one with the smallest memory foot print. Its also free and Ad free.

Check out "360 Security- Antivirus, Clean"
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posted on 08 Feb 2014, 01:23 1

6. rodneyej1 (Posts: 2873; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Screen shots of WP look so fresh, organized, and modern... Just saying..

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 01:34 2

7. joey_sfb (Posts: 1973; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Why do they need a nokia app to activate window 8 call block feature? Can't Microsoft just put the call blocking features into their own windows' update?

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 16:05

8. rodneyej1 (Posts: 2873; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


They could, bit this is part of MS, and Nokia working together to bring features to WP in a way that they are more easily updated.. The same way that MS is removing XBM from the core of the OS, and making it a app... That's all just part of the Nokia/MS deal... Nothing wrong with it at all... Don't think that this is Nokias doing all by themselves.. Every feature, and app similar to this, has been co developed by Microkia.. This isn't Nokia working alone, and MS deserves some credit..
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Now, don't think that I don't see through your trying to take a shot at MS... It's just not going to work... I know when haters like you ask questions like that you're not looking for a serious answer, which I gave you.. Besides, what do you care about why MS does this, or doesn't do that? You don't like WP, or MS, or Lumia devices, so why are you even asking? Do you think that you're going to make me feel bad for buying this Lumia 1520?.. That's not likely.. But, I'm sure you'll keep trying to convince WP fans, and users, that iDroid is better... Better, or not, we don't care. What is so bland in your life that you have decided to make it your mission to put down other peoples platform of choice? Every comment you make, whether valid, or invalid, is not going to be taken seriously by any WP fan because you do it in a immature, biased, hateful, trolling type of way, and its obvious.. Now, if you're just seeking attention from the few other users like yourself then that's just pathetic.... But, if you don't have anything constructive, mature, sand helpful to say about MS, and WP then keep it to yourself... Your comments having affected they way I feel about WP a single bit, so why do you keep trying? Do you think one day you might "get through" to us WP fans, and we'll all switch to Android or something?
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Let me tell you right now that we're helpless...

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 21:57

9. rodneyej1 (Posts: 2873; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


And this app comes pre installed, and shows up right along with native settings, and doesn't even show with the apps in the applist.. In other words, its a system application.. It's just easier to update these type apps without sending out a update for the entire OS, needing carrier approval.. Actually, this is a smart feature of WP that really needs to be addressed...LOL... Most people don't even know its a separate application.... So, actually this is a better way of doing things than how iDroid does it,, but I'm sure Android has some system apps that work like this too... Quit nitpicking everything about WP..

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 22:07

10. rodneyej1 (Posts: 2873; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


@ Nick T..

Your article has some inaccurate information about how this works with WP.
1. The call+SMS filter application is pre installed on all Lumia devices, even before the Black update.
2. The app can't be found in the marketplace, and is a permanent systems application that shows up in settings.
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It technically is a separate app, but most users wouldn't know the difference in it, and other settings.. Lumia Audio, Storage, display, extras+info, and other settings are technically separate apps on Lumia devices, but aren't available for download in the store, and can't be removed...

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