Hate Spam Calls? Who not, right! These things are damn annoying and it seems like the problem is getting worse every day. In this post, we'll look at how you can block or at least minimize spam calls. But before we do that, let's take a look at the three most common types of spam calls.
The first are phone marketing calls from real companies trying to sell you something. Carrier and Internet service providers like to use them to keep consumers away from the competition. Then there are robocalls, which are automated phone calls with recorded sales messages. They are also often used for political campaigns, charities and more.
Finally, there are scams by dodgy people trying to exploit you. You pretend to be an FBI, CIA, or bank employee, and try to get you to divulge your financial or other sensitive information. For more information on these scams, see our dedicated post on this topic, which lists some of the most common fraud cases on the phone.
So how can you protect yourself from spam calls? The Four Best Methods for Blocking Spam Calls with Apps and Mobile Operators
The best way to block spam calls is to rely on databases of millions of numbers for dedicated apps. Whenever you receive a call from a number listed in the database, the app warns you with a message on your screen. Alternatively, the call can also be sent to voicemail so you do not have to worry about it at all.
A number of such apps are available in the Play Store – some are free, others require a subscription. Here are some of the best:
In addition, the four major US airlines offer apps and services that help their users fend off unwanted calls. Features vary from vendor to vendor, as do prices and availability. Most work the same way as the apps described above. That is, they will notify you if you receive or block a spam call so it does not even reach you. You can find out about each provider's offerings through the following links:
Keep in mind that while apps and the services offered by network operators are the best way to block spam calls, they are not perfect. They will not completely eliminate these unwanted calls, but they will significantly reduce them.
Blocking Spam Calls Successively
When only a few harass businesses or individuals, unwanted calls can be easily blocked by blocking their numbers. All you have to do is open the phone app on your Android device, press and hold a number that keeps calling you, and then tap "Block". That's it! Note that the process may vary slightly from device to device.
This is a quick and easy solution, although it is not best if you get tons of spam calls from different numbers – locking multiple numbers per day can be annoying. If so, choosing a dedicated app as described in the previous section is a better option.
Block spam calls by allowing only calls from your contacts.
Another way to win in the fight against spam calls is to block all numbers except those in your contact list. Sure, this may be an extreme measure, but it will do the job. The best way to accomplish this is to download an app like Calls Blacklist – Call Blocker. It's free and popular with over 10 million downloads. However, there are many alternatives if you are not around for some reason.
Just download the app from the link above, go to Settings, select "Lock" and tap "Lock All Numbers Except Contacts" (see picture) in the screenshots above. If you receive a call from a number that is not in your contacts, your phone will not ring, but you can see that the call has been made in the app. Kind!
This method obviously has a big disadvantage. You may be missing calls from friends, family members, colleagues, and others who may have changed their number or called from another phone. So make sure you choose this action only when everything else fails.
Block spam calls by registering with donotcall.gov.
However, this only applies to telemarketing. When you sign up, you should not receive any of those annoying phone calls from internet service providers and other companies trying to sell you. However, you can still receive political calls, surveys and similar calls. Registering does not eliminate fraud, as dodgy characters usually do not care about the law.
Listing your phone number in the registry is quick and free – you can sign up using the button below.
There you have it – These are some of the things you can do to block those annoying spam calls. Any other ideas? Share it with us in the comments below!