6 tips to teach you how to block robocalls and spam calls

Are you tired of the robocalls and spam calls you get on your mobile phone? Follow these tips and you will get away from the bothering.


Android phones and iPhones come with built-in functions for blocking specific phone numbers, while mobile operators offer their own blocking tools. Several third-party apps, such as Nomorobo, Hiya Caller ID and Block, RoboKiller, Truecaller, and YouMail Voicemail & Spam Block can help you block telemarketing calls.


You can also register your phone number with the FTC’s Do Not Call Registry, though that won’t stop scammers and disreputable telemarketers from calling you. Let’s check out each option.


1. Block All Unknown Callers on Android

Some Android phones also allow you to block all unknown callers. While the process will differ, you can just open the Phone app and enter the settings menu. Find the option for blocking numbers and activate the feature. In this example, the phone will automatically block all unknown calls. You can also manually add phone numbers that you want blocked.

2. Nomorobo

Nomorobo is a third-party app that attempts to shut down on robocalls and other telemarketing calls by scanning a blacklist of known phone numbers. This app can block a spam call and send it to voicemail or allow it through and identify it as phone spam.

Nomorobo can also protect you against spam text messages, serve as an ad blocker on the web, and help you report a robocall or spam call. The service costs $1.99 a month, though you can take it for a spin via a free two-week trial.


3. Block Specific Numbers on Android

If you want to block numbers on an Android phone, it may base on the device and OS you have. You can open the Phone app and select recent calls. Tap the number you want to block and find the command that says block or report as spam. You have to confirm the message asking if you want to block the number.

4. Verify Your Registration

If you think you may have already registered with the Do Not Call Registry, click Register Your Phone > Verify Here. Type your phone number and email address and click Submit. At the next screen, click Verify to confirm your number and email address. You will then receive an email indicating whether your number is already registered. Check your email for the message.

5. Report Unwanted Calls

You can report any robocalls or scam calls you receive to the FTC. The agency can’t act on your specific complaint, but it will suggest steps you can take and collect the information you provide in its own fight against sleazy telemarketers.

From the DNC homepage, click Report Unwanted Calls. You will be asked to fill out all the details about the phone call in question, then submit the information. Alternatively, you can call the FTC at 1-888-382-1222 to report an unwanted call.


6. Silence Unknown Callers in iOS 13 and Up

With iOS 13 or higher installed on your iPhone, you can take a more effective but drastic measure to clamp down on spam calls. The Silence Unknown Callers feature automatically silences all calls from unknown numbers. Those calls are then sent to voicemail and appear on your Recents lists so you can see and return the call if it’s legitimate. To enable this, go to Settings > Phone. Turn on the switch to Silence Unknown Callers.