Spam calls have gone from slightly annoying to a disaster in the last two years. I don't know you guys, but last year I would have received more spam calls than the calls I know. Just like most smartphone users on the planet, I got sick and tired of receiving these spam calls. The worst part that, although I am very careful about how and where I am sharing my personal number, the number of spammers seems to be increasing month by month. If you are also someone who is struggling with spam calls, then this is the article for you. In this article, we'll talk about all the steps you can take to combat spam calls. So, here is the complete guide on how to block spam calls on your Android or iPhone device:
Note: the article focused on US users and operators. So if you live anywhere else in the world, this article may not help you at full capacity.
A complete guide on how to block spam calls
Since Android and iOS are the two most popular mobile operating systems in the world, we'll talk about them separately so that you guys can take the necessary steps to block spam calls on your specific device. That being said, there are universal methods that anyone can use (even if they are using a feature phone, landline or phone running any other operating system) to block spam calls on their phones. Having said that, let's see how we can block spam calls, right?
Block spam calls through your carrier
Most people do not know this, but all network operators provide a kind of service where they can block spam calls. Here are the spam call blocking services provided by the four major operators in the United States:
1. AT & T: Call Protect
If you use AT & T as a service provider, you can use the "Protect call" service to block spam calls on your device. a free application provided by the company for its postpaid customers and can be downloaded from the App Store or Play Store. Unfortunately, the service is not available for prepaid customers, which is a kind of fiasco. The service is quite good and, even if you don't block all spam calls, you will mark suspicious calls and identify them as spam. If the call actually spam, you can block it from there for the future. Many users have expressed concerns that the app will not be able to automatically block calls and mark them as potential spam calls. Although this is not ideal, even better than having no protection from spam calls. At the very least, you know which calls you don't need to collect and then manually block them from the app.
Install: free (Android / iOS)
2. Verizon Wireless: CallFilter
Verizon's CallFilter technology has identified and blocked calls from spam numbers. The service was available for both prepaid and postpaid customers who were ready to pay a subscription price of $ 2, 99 / month. That being said, Verizon has just announced that the service will be available to all users free of charge starting in March 2019. The company did not provide much information about the new service at the time of this writing and stated that it will release more information as they are approaching the launch. This is good news for Verizon customers as they will now not have to pay for the spam call barring service. We will update the article with the specifics of the service as soon as Verizon releases further information about it.
More information to follow before its launch a March 2019
3. Sprint: Premium Caller ID
Sprint's Caller ID Premium is very similar to the Verizon service as a paid service and only supports a limited number of devices. One of the advantages of Premium Caller ID that not only blocks spam calls, but it also identifies the numbers from which calls are received if they are not present in the contact list . The service received mostly positive reviews from users, however some iPhone users reported problems. Although this is the case, I think it is a problem that Sprint can solve quite quickly. The service does not require you to download any app and works directly with Sprint phones. You can check the suitability of your phone and other information by clicking on the link below.
Visit: website ($ 2, 99 / month)
4. T-Mobile: Scam ID, Scam Block and ID name
T-Mobile offers probably the most powerful protection against scam calls from all US carriers. Its anti-scam protection includes three services which are Scam ID, Scam Block and Name ID. Scam ID allows users to see when calls come from probable scammers while Scam Block allows them to block all possible scammers. Both of these services are available for free to all postpaid customers. The name ID is a little more powerful as it not only can block spam calls but also identify the name and location of the caller . This is a paid service and costs $ 4 a month. Even if you don't pay, the first two services will effectively block most spam calls. Furthermore, all these services are integrated into the T-Mobile network so that users do not have to install additional apps or services.
In addition to the services mentioned above, T-Mobile has recently launched a new caller verification service that offers an additional level of antispam protection. Now the courier will check the calls you are receiving and tell you if the calls come from a person or a scammer. That being said, it will not automatically block spam calls. Furthermore, the service was released only to Note 9 customers in a software update starting now. The company said it will be available for other phones in the near future.
Complaint to FTC
If your operators are unable to effectively block spam calls, you can also file a complaint with FTC. Although this is not perfect as they do not have the resources to control every complaint, if enough people report spam calls, they take action. In the past, FTC has closed two of the largest spamming companies that show that consumer complaints are heard even if not on an individual basis.
Send a complaint here
Register to not call register
FTC also allows users to register for a "Do Not Call Registry" that prevents telemarketers and other service providers from making a promotional call to their number. The best part that, since it works with your phone number, also works with feature phones and landlines . Registration takes only a few minutes and you must register your number. You can do this by clicking on the link below.
Note: the website does not work at the moment due to government closure in the United States. However, it will be up and running once the shutdown is complete.
Blocks spam calls on the iPhone
Now that we've seen some of the universal methods that people can use to block spam calls, let's take a look at the specific device steps you can take to block spam calls. Here are the steps you can take to block spam calls on iPhone:
1. Block unknown callers using Do Not Disturb
"Do Not Disturb" is a powerful tool that gets fired on the iPhone, allowing users not only to concentrate on their current job, but also to block calls they don't want to receive. My favorite thing about DND is that you can configure it in a way that allows you to block calls from all unknown numbers while allowing the calls of the people of your contacts to pass. This is a pretty drastic step that some of you might not want to take, however, if you are confident enough that all the important people in your life are added to your contact list, you can definitely take this step. We have already done a complete tutorial on how to use Do Not Disturb to block calls that can be verified.
2. Block specific numbers on the iPhone
This is a bit of a manual process, however, if none of the steps you do block spam calls, you can block these numbers individually. If you don't know how to block individual numbers on your iPhone, open the phone app and tap the icon (s) next to the number you want to block. Now, tap the "Block this caller" option to block calls from that number forever.
3. Configure third-party apps to block spam calls
You can also use third-party apps to block spam calls on your phone. Many of these third-party apps are quite powerful and do a really good job of blocking spam calls. My favorite app and probably the one you should use is called RoboKiller who even won the FTC Robocalls Contest. The app claims to stop more than 90% of the spam calls you are receiving and its users have attested to this claim . You will need to pay a registration fee to continue using this app. If you want something a little cheaper, you can check the WideProtect Spam Call Blocker app which only requires one-off fee. The app is really powerful and has proven to be a good call blocking service.
After downloading one of the apps or any other apps you trust to block spam calls, the installation process is quite simple. Open the Settings app on your iPhone and go to Phone -> Call barring and identification and tap the button next to your app to allow it to block calls.
Install: RoboKiller (free trial version, $ 2, 99 / month), WideProtect Spam Call Blocker ($ 2, 99)
Block spam calls on Android
1. Use the native call barring service on your Android device
Most Android devices have their own native call barring service and can be used to block spam calls on the device. The most important and recent call blocking service is the new "Call Screening" function on the new Pixel 3 devices which forwards the call to Google Assistant that a robot cannot bypass . Furthermore, the Google Assistant offers you a convenient transcript of what the caller says, after which you can decide whether to answer the call or report it as spam.
Similarly, Samsung offers a "Smart Call" service that can easily identify and block spam calls. It also gives users the power to report calls as spam so that they are not disturbed by spammers themselves in the future. The Smart Call feature essentially allows users to know who is calling when the number is not in the contact list. When it comes to spam, users can easily block the call and then act by reporting. a rather interesting feature.
2. Block spam calls individually
Just like on the iPhone, Android users can also block individual spam calls if no other service can automatically block them for them. Several manufacturers hide this feature in different locations, which means that most of them allow calls to be blocked by opening the Phone app and then tapping the button (s) next to a number . easy and you can do it in seconds. a little laborious, however, in the long run, you can interrupt almost all spam calls and live a spam-free life.
3. Use third-party apps
On the Play Store there are several third-party apps that allow users to view and block spam calls. The most popular and reliable of these call blocking services the Truecaller app that it not only blocks spam calls and lets you report it, but also identifies any unknown numbers that are not in the contact list. The app can be downloaded and used for free and, although it also offers in-app purchases, it has nothing to do with blocking spam calls and only offers extra features such as call recording, ad removal and more. So basically, you can use it for spam protection just like a free app. If you do not wish to use Truecaller for any reason, there are various other Truecaller alternatives that you can verify.
Another favorite app of mine to block spam calls "Should I reply?" Which offers a solid call blocking experience. You can set different levels of anti-spam protection and ask the application to automatically block calls and not just mark them as spam. It also offers in-app purchases, but I used the free version and it worked well for me. In fact, the app does not even ask to buy its pay plans and it seems that the company is still evaluating its pricing policy. However, you can use one of the apps to check spam calls on your phone and you must definitely try them.
Install: Truecaller (free, in-app purchases), should I respond? (Free in-app purchases)
Make your life without spam
Spam calls are a threat that we all have to face and, although none of the methods described above can completely block all spam calls, you can use them to reduce spam call rates to a manageable limit. In addition to all the above methods, you should also take some precautions to share your online number so that there is less chance of your number appearing in the list of spam callers. This is all we have for this article, let us know if you know of a method that worked for you but not mentioned here. Your own comment section.